There is a new sheriff in town heading up a new era in Chicago Bears football. In case there was any confusion who’s in charge, new head coach Marc Trestman put that question to bed by re-arranging the lockers and mixing up the offensive and defensive players into random groupings.
“The locker room was set up in a way that segments were together,” Trestman said. “We’ve all been in places like that. I just see our segments being together in meetings all the time and I want the guys to have an opportunity to get to know their teammates a little bit better. So it was basically just throw them all in a hat and pull them out and see what showed up.”
Some conspiracy theorists speculate that this could be an effort to break up the remaing Pro-Lovie cliques. Others think that this might be an effort to help the slew of newcomers to fit in better and help them break in. Me, I think it’s just the way they do things in Canada.
To be honest, I think it’s kind of silly. It’s a way of asserting his authority and letting everyone know who’s in charge. Do the offensive and defensive players need to intermingle? Wouldn’t it be better to build more unity within the respective positional groups? What advantage is there to have Jay Cutler sitting next to Shea McClellin? Should we be worried about fights between players who will be battling in camp, like Corey Wooton and J’Marcus Webb?
Coach Trestman isn’t worried about it. This quotes like an excerpt right out of his book:
“Guys are going to have opportunities to engage in conversations and get to know guys that they may not know very well,” Trestman said. “And the better you get to know each other, the better you understand the makeup of the people that you’re working with and develop the relationships that will be ongoing and strong. Not only can they benefit your team on the field but they can enhance and bring more substance to your life as you move through football and out of football.”
What do you think? Do you think this is just Trestman showing everyone who’s boss? Is it an attempt to break up the Lovie and Urlacher camps? Does it really matter?