The difference is the Head Coach.
I don’t want to make this about Lovie Smith vs Marc Trestman.
That is a different column for a different day; however, I will say this: Lovie Smith probably doesn’t win that game because he would not have made the necessary adjustments on offense.
What I saw with the offense was confidence. They knew the plan that Trestman, [Aaron] Kromer and the rest of the offensive staff put together was solid, they had prepared for success and they achieved it.
The drive that defined the game, at least for me, was the final Bears drive of the game: an 18 play 80 yard drive, an 8 minute 58 second thing of beauty that salted the gamed away and helped to extend the lead to 7 points.
QB Josh McCown threw 5 passes and RB Matt Forte and seldom used RB Michael Bush (yes, he is still on the team and healthy) ran the ball effectively 13 times including 10 in a row.
On the drive I saw Forte gaining chunks of yards and then staying in bounds as he was tackled. That has been an issue in the past.
I’m looking at you Marion Barber…
I had confidence in the offense and just knew they would come through. I don’t know why, but I could just feel it; just like Trestman just felt like the offense should go for it on 4th down.
He trusted the offense. I trusted the offense. The entire Bears Nation trusted the offense.
And it was awesomeness!
McCown made some big boy throws and made smart decisions all game. He protected the football which is something Trestman preaches everyday. It showed.