Update: Trestman says he has not heard from Bears

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Update: Trestman says he has not heard from Bears

Longtime coach and commentator Jimmy Johnson sent a spasm through social media on Friday when he tweeted to the effect that Marc Trestman looks like the new head coach of the Chicago Bears:On @JimmyJohnson: Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs..Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to ChicagoChud is Rob Chudzinski, the newly minted head coach of the Cleveland Browns; Trestman was Johnsons quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami.
UPDATE: Tresman spent a reported eight hours interviewing with Bears general manager Phil Emery last Monday and probably about that amount of time again Friday dealing with the fallout from coach and FOX analyst Jimmy Johnsons tweet that Trestman had the Bears head-coaching job.Trestman expressly said via email to the Montreal Gazette (montrealgazette.com) that, I have not heard from the Bears and have responded in that manner on multiple levels. Thanks.Trestman may indeed become the next Bears head coach. Piecing together input from various sources leads to the preliminary sense that the short list after the first wave of Phil Emery interviews will include Trestman, Bruce Arians from Indianapolis, Rick Dennison from Houston and Mike McCoy from Denver.
More: Trestman should be considered serious candidateThe problem is that for Trestman to be the guy at this point would mean that Emery, after laying out a wide-ranging course and intent to be thorough, has done a personal 180, become the anti-methodical, and circumvented his own two-tier process of following initial interviews with follow-ups with 2-3 finalists that would include meets with Chairman George McCaskey and President Ted Phillips.Best guess is that Trestman has been in touch with Johnson and told him to be fitted for a muzzle. Few things turn off a prospective employer than hearing or reading that a candidate is putting out the word that he is the guy.
Related: Numbers grow, but Bears 'target' tough to IDEmery is interviewing other candidates. You can be assured that he now will be answering at least one pointed question from those candidates.

Bears, Lions have been totally different teams in fourth quarters

Bears, Lions have been totally different teams in fourth quarters

Apart from any specific player or statistic, one unavoidable part of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions looms ominously in front of the Bears, and there is no way they can avoid it: The fourth quarter.

Every game has one, and it has been the blessing of the Lions’ 2016 existence and the bane of the Bears’. The Bears talk constantly about the importance of playing a 60-minute game.

Before last Sunday’s 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Lions had trailed in the fourth quarter of all seven of their previous victories this season. A team that had traditionally found undisciplined ways to squander games has been finding ways to win them, according to a formula.

As Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel noted, “every single one of these games has looked the same: There was the drive, the field goal and the huge defensive play or, at least, some variation of those things."

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This is particularly relevant — and concerning — for the Bears, who have been the virtual opposite: Three times this season (at Houston, at Indianapolis, vs. Jacksonville) they have led in fourth quarters and lost those games.

The reasons lie in different phases, not simply cases of one, same unit failing.

"With us it’s not excuses, but we’re young, on our third quarterback, and that can affect it as far as experience and just being in that situation,” said coach John Fox. “To close the game, sometimes it’s just a mindset. When you have young players, it’s learning how to deal with adversity and learning how to deal with prosperity.”

The Bears did not outscore an opponent in the fourth quarter of any of their first 10 games this season, finally getting something going late in the Tennessee and San Francisco games, outscoring those two opponents by a combined 19-3.

“Being able to finish games, that’s something we’re learning and I think I saw examples of it last week in the San Francisco game and even going back to Minnesota, games where we have closed it, even in the first Detroit game, although we made that one interesting,” Fox said. “We found a way. So a lot of it’s experience under pressure and hopefully we’re figuring it out and can figure it out the last four games of the year.”

Beginning Sunday, presumably, against the NFL’s reigning comeback team.

Brandon Marshall doesn't remember 3 TD game from Bears-49ers in 2014 because he was on pain pills

Brandon Marshall doesn't remember 3 TD game from Bears-49ers in 2014 because he was on pain pills

Remember back in 2014 when the Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the 49ers 28-20 in San Francisco on Sunday Night Football?

Well, Brandon Marshall doesn't.

And he had three of the four touchdown catches, two of them coming in the last quarter.

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The former Bears wide receiver, who had been dealing with a high ankle sprain, said he took pain pills before the game and doesn't recall much of it, including the incredible one-handed grab that went viral.

"I don't really remember much about that game because I worked really hard to get back from a high ankle (sprain)," Marshall said during a conference call Wednesday. "I'll say it, I took a couple pain pills that masked the pain. I really wasn't supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle (sprain) within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four to six weeks. I don't remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. And that was pretty much it."

If only Bears fans could forget that season entirely, which ended in a 5-11 record and the end of the Marc Trestman era.