By Nick Wilder
The Bears’ bye week came at exactly the right time, according to Bears chairman George McCaskey.
McCaskey, the team’s chairman since 2011, joined Bears Blitz to discuss the Bears’ season so far and what to look forward to the rest of the year.
“We got off to a great start and we’ve had some adversity the last couple weeks, most recently with Jay and Lance being out," McCaskey said. "The good thing is they are not season-ending injuries, so we’ll band together. It’s become a cliché now in the NFL, ‘next man up,’ and we’ll do as well as we can until they get back.”
“They always say that the bye week comes at just the right time and that’s probably especially true for us in this case," McCaskey said. "It will give Marc [Trestman] and his coaches time to do some evaluating and assessment to see where we stand going into the second half of the season.”
In terms of how Trestman has fared through seven games, McCaskey offered his opinion.
“I wouldn’t say that anything has surprised us, what he’s showing Bears fans now is a lot of what we saw in the interview process," McCaskey said. "Phil [Emery] did the initial round of interviews and came back very impressed with him. Ted [Phillips] and I participated in the final interviews and saw his passion, intellect and knowledge of the game.”
In Week 9, the Bears will retire Mike Ditka’s number when the Dallas Cowboys come to Chicago for Monday Night Football. McCaskey shared his thoughts on the Hall-of-Famer and why his number will be the last one retired by the team.
“Well the fact that we are running out of numbers factored into our decision with Mike," McCaskey said. "We’ve got more hall of famers (27) than any other team and we have 13 retired numbers. In Mike’s case, not only did he revolutionize the tight end position as a player and become the first tight end inducted in the hall of fame, he’s such an iconic figure and probably the most famous living Bear. It just seemed right to cut it off with Mike.”