From an offensive standpoint, Year 1 under Marc Trestman went about as well as the Bears could have hoped.
Trestman's reputation as a quarterback whisperer worked wonders on Jay Cutler and Josh McCown. Cutler finished with a career-high 89.2 pass rating, while McCown's 109.0 rating was good for third-best in the league. It was an unlikely offensive explosion from the offense, who piled up 445 points in 2013, which was the second-most in franchise history.
With every offensive starter from last season's squad returning in 2014, is there even more room for growth? Former league MVP Rich Gannon thinks so.
"I think they can play faster and I think they can be a more explosive team now that they are all familiar with one another," Gannon told Jim Miller at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "They've got some talent on offense."
Trestman was Gannon's QB coach/offensive coordinator from 2001-2003 with the Oakland Raiders. In Gannon's MVP season in 2002, he passed for 4,689 yards and had a career-high 67.7 completion percentage. He knows firsthand what it's like to thrive under Trestman and believes that the future is even brighter for Cutler.
"I saw some improvement from him, I really did," Gannon said. "I think there's some things in his game that he needs to get cleaned up, but I saw some things that were encouraging. He was a little bit quieter in the pocket. I think his sideline demeanor was an encouraging sign. I think he really trusts that Marc is going to put him in position to be successful each week."
Check out the video above to hear the rest of Gannon's comments on the Bears offense.