Chicago's Marc Trestman Week 9 In Review

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The most pivotal play of the game came on the previously mentioned last drive. It was 4th down and one link of chain to go. Trestman initially sent the punt team out but decided to go for it. What made the decision so interesting was that the Bears were on their own 32 yard line at the time, were only ahead by 4 points and, there were over 7 minutes left in the game.

On the surface the decision to go for it at that point of the game is not wise. If the Bears don’t convert for a 1st down, the Packers have plenty of time to go 32 yards and take the lead.

However, in this particular situation Trestman was right to go for it. His offense was the most effective thing on the field for either team; Trestman had faith in his players to make a play and they rewarded his faith.

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester (23) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Chicago won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Trestman showed his tresticular fortitude and the city of Chicago is now rejoicing because of it.

FB Tony Fiammetta deserves a helmet sticker or an atta boy of some kind for his block on LB A.J. Hawk. If Fiammetta doesn’t make that block, Forte gets dropped behind the line of scrimmage.

One of the other things I noticed about the game was the never quit attitude in the players, especially on defense.

5 sacks in a game is impressive.

The problems on defense and special teams are fixable. The defensive players are going for the big hit or the strip instead of securing the ball carrier first. They are trying to tackle players too high. DC Mel Tucker needs to fix that.

They are also not playing disciplined football and are not keeping gap integrity. On the plays they actually took care of their assignments, they kept Greenbay from moving the ball; when they didn’t, it was really ugly.

The special teams units are made up of young guys and guys without a lot of experience playing those roles. It is a discipline issue. ST Joe De Camillis has been in the NFL a long time for a reason. Let’s see what he can do with this group.

Overall I see this team headed in a really positive direction. I think Trestman is just what the Bears needed and I am really looking forward to see what the team does from this point forward.




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