Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and head coach Marc Trestman speak during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Backbone. Fortitude. Resilience. Mental toughness. Character.
Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman has often preached about “the process” and “family” since he was hired by the Bears over a year ago.
He has also preached “patience” with the players, fans and media.
The words above describe the types of attributes the Bears are developing as individuals and as a team so far during this young season. They have been tested with all sorts of adversity (falling behind early and coming back, jumping out in front quickly and then not playing well then hanging on, etc).
Monday Night’s game against the Jets was a microcosm of the Bears season so far. There were been wasted opportunities, boneheaded plays, injuries, rookies stepping in, solid but unspectacular plays as well as brilliance. There was some questionable play calling (Another burned time out in the first few minutes of the game… Really?) and some ingenious play calling that set the players up in the best situation to succeed.
With the Bears leading 17-13 at the beginning of the 3Q, QB Jay Cutler led the team down the field for a touchdown to start the 2nd half, it was a solid drive; 6 plays 90 yards (10 yards of penalties) and a TD to the Black Unicorn Martellus Bennett, his 2nd TD on the night.
But then couldn’t seem to get anything going. The next 3 drives netted a total of -8 yards and took a grand total of 4:36 off the clock.