Trestman's GPS has Bears en route

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Trestman's GPS has Bears en route

Marc Trestman did not disappoint after being introduced asthe 14thhead coach in Chicago Bears history.Trestman was smart, organized, concise, andclearly a football guy answering questions from the media, which eliminated hisnervousness.After humble appreciationsto those responsible for delivering Trestman game-ready to the Bears, he foundhis element when he spoke about the science of football when fielding footballquestions, which broke the ice in his initial press conference. Trestman was clear about being hands-on reinventingquarterback Jay Cutler.His excitementwas genuine discussing Cutler, as it should -- Trestman understands Cutleris a great canvass to paint upon.Its notan extreme makeover project, but rather Cutler needs etiquette training to polishrough edges for a much more aesthetically pleasing product.The end result for Trestman ishopefully a magnificent piece of art that plays at a more efficient level.Trestman revealed this will be accomplished bypersonally running the quarterback meeting room, along with calling plays for the Bears on Sundays. Trestmanexplained when he said, It is my passion and something I enjoy.Trestman hit his stride during the press conference when discussinghis starting quarterback Jay Cutler, saying great players want to becoached, too; they want direction. This is where many media and fans mistakenlygo astray understanding Jay Cutler.Ihave written repeatedly how Cutlers demeanor would be a bigger problem if hedidnt care.Football and winning are important toCutler.Caring aboutyour job performance in relation to the success of your team and organizationshould be embraced, not demeaned.Although its expressed different by each player, the trait is real,vital and a tangible asset for success.Players who no longer take pride in football as an important priority intheir life are most likely no longer in the NFL.Outside of the passion, urgency, and commitment to winningchampionships displayed by Trestman during the press conference, he delivered averbal promise of what Bears general manager Phil Emery envisioned in a headcoach. Flexibility adapting to talent presented on the roster was aprerequisite for Emery.Trestman knockedit out of the park when he said philosophy is fluid. Trestmans analogy was scientificallyperfect again when he said, Im the GPS of the team. I let the team know wherewe are and where we are going.Trestman came across as an extremely smart coach whounderstands his "GPS coordinates" must be re-adjusted en route due to newunforeseen variables which may affect his final destination and time of arrival.Bears fans know all too well there are bumpsin the road.But if you travel smart,you ultimately reach your desired goal more safely and quicker.So can any Bears fans send me the GPScoordinates for MET LIFE Stadium in New Jersey?They host the Super Bowl in 2014.

Good or better? Why offseason moves are making 2017 Bears better

Good or better? Why offseason moves are making 2017 Bears better

Improvement typically comes in incremental steps, not leaps. And the Bears of 2017, based on what they have done at a handful of positions, the latest being Thursday’s signing of wide receiver Victor Cruz, fit that template.

The clear organizational commitment is to build through the draft, even if injuries have undermined some otherwise apparent upgrades to starting lineups on both sides of the football. But if there is a “theme” to what GM Ryan Pace is doing to muscle up a sluggish roster, it is that the Bears are willing to take flyers on veteran players – with additions like four veteran wide receivers with injury and issue histories – that arguably point to a win-now mindset while draft picks develop and contribute.

Jaye Howard and John Jenkins. Make the defensive line “better?” Than Jonathan Bullard and Will Sutton, probably. But “good?” Mmmmm…..

The game-one tight ends last year were Zach Miller-Logan Paulsen-Gregg Scruggs. Now they’re Miller-Dion Sims-Adam Shaheen (based on a second-round draft choice). “Good?” Maybe, maybe not. “Better?” Obviously, based on Sims alone.

Mike Glennon-Mark Sanchez-Mitch Trubisky. Bears “better” at quarterback? Than Jay Cutler-Brian Hoyer-Matt Barkley, probably. “Good?” Mmmmmm…..

The decisions to sign Glennon and Sanchez to the quarterback depth chart have sparked their shares of understandable cynical skepticism. But Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo were not available in trade, so the Pace decision was to gamble on upside with Glennon over the known quantity of Brian Hoyer (the preference of some coaches) and certainly Jay Cutler, for whom “potential” and “upside” no longer applied.

Add in the aggressive draft of Trubisky and the result was three possibilities of hits on a quarterback (Sanchez and Connor Shaw being combined here as a pair entry in the hit-possibility scenarios). All three were deemed an improvement over Cutler and/or Barkley.

The results may not vault the Bears all the way up to “good” at the pivotal position for any franchise. But “better” is sometimes all you can realistically manage.

Taking a wider-screen look at wide receiver in this context… .

Coach John Fox has cited the need for the Bears to establish the ability to get yardage in bigger chunks. Accordingly, all four of the veteran wideout signings this offseason – Cruz, Rueben Randle, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright –  have posted yards-per-catch seasons of 14 or longer.

All four won’t be on the opening-day roster, but all four offer the promise of major impact. Cruz, Randle and Wright have had seasons of 70 or more receptions, and Wheaton topped out at 53 in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice weren’t available, so “good” was hard to achieve in an offseason in which Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal were expected departures long before their exits. But are Cruz, Randle, Wheaton and Wright, with Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, a “better” starting point than Jeffery, Royal, White, Bellamy, etc. of a year ago?

Obviously. But players with even moderately established NFL “names” (like Cruz, Randle, etal.) are typically available for a reason; teams do not routinely give up on talent. And none of the four come without significant shadows on their NFL resumes, whether for injury or other questions.

Cruz missed most of 2014 and all of the 2015 season, and hasn’t played a full season since his Pro Bowl year of 2012.

Randle was described as a head case by scouts and was so bad that he was let go in the Eagles’ cutdown to 75 last year, followed by disparaging comments from those in and around the organization.

Wheaton flashed promise in his 2014-15 opportunities as a part-time starter but played just three games before a shoulder injury landed him on IR last season.

The Tennessee Titans thought enough of Wright, their 2012 first-round draft choice, to pick up his fifth-year option going into las season. But by week 14 he was benched for tardiness and was a healthy DNP in game 16, announcing after the game that he already knew he was not in the Titans’ plans for 2017.

The prospect of the Bears going from 3-13 to “good” borders on fantasy. But if being among the NFL’s busiest this offseason hasn’t propelled the Bears to that level, the results point to “better.” At this point, that’s something,.

How big of an impact will Victor Cruz have on the Bears?

How big of an impact will Victor Cruz have on the Bears?

The Bears inked Victor Cruz to a one-year deal on Thursday, adding another receiver to an already crowded corps.

But it never hurts to add a veteran one to a young group, especially with a new starting quarterback.

Cruz is 30 years old and isn't the same Pro Bowl-caliber player he was before missing the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, but he surely has a lot left in the tank and can serve as a great mentor for the Bears receivers.

Just how big of an impact will he have on his new team? See what the SportsTalk Live panel had to say in the video above.