Updated 12:03 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 21
INDIANAPOLIS — Bears new head coach Marc Trestman opened media availability at the NFL Combine — his first as a head coach at this level — and discussed his preparation for the 2013 season.
“I’m unbelievably excited about being the Chicago Bears’ head football coach,” Trestman said to open his press conference. “Over the last five weeks, we started immediately on putting a staff together. I think we’ve done a fantastic job collectively and organizationally to put together a group of men who are not only great teachers, but guys with great people skills.” Trestman said that the Bears will “finish up” with hiring a wide receivers coach in the next few days.
Feburary is the beginning of the 13-month calendar Trestman showed GM Phil Emery during the interview process. Emery said that his new coach is on-time with his plan.
"Right on and accelerated," Emery said. "(Trestman is) very detailed, (a) very thorough man, very intelligent, great listener. I would say we're right on."
The player who has the biggest question mark moving forward is MLB Brian Urlacher, who will be 35 next season and is entering free agency.
“That’s an ongoing process,” Trestman said about his evaluation of the eight-time Pro Bowler. “We’ve evaluated our entire football team as much as we can without seeing them work. … We continue to talk about these things and process the information, but at this time, we’re not going to go any further than that in our discussion.”
Trestman’s supposed most important role is to get the best out of QB Jay Cutler, who is entering the final year of his contract — Trestman said he has not dicussed Cutler’s contract with the quarterback or Emery — but he is excited to work with the Bears’ signalcaller.
“I’ve had a couple opportunities to talk with him on multiple levels. I’m excited to work with him on all facets of his game,” Trestman said. “He’s an extremely bright guy, he loves football and he’s got a great skill set. We’ve got to work to provide him the resources to maximize his ability.”
The Bears' O-line has been an issue the past two seasons, and something Emery discussed extensively following the 2012 campaign. He said that what he looks for in offensive linemen at the Combine is not any different with Trestman's philosophy.
"Number one, you want production. You want guys that produce consistently, at least at the good level, play after play, and you call those guys starters," Emery said. "You're looking for guys that have the size, the mass, strength and quickness to accomplish that at the NFL level. Those defensive linemen, on an average, are more athletic than their counterparts on offense. You also have to have somebody who has good football smarts and good toughness, because he's going to have to bounce back to reach that consistent level when he normally plays against somebody that has a little more speed and quickness than he does."
The offensive side of the ball is Trestman’s expertise, a large reason he came to Chicago, where the Bears struggled on offense under Lovie Smith. Trestman was asked how different the current Bears personnel is from what he wants ideally on offense.
“We know that we’re going to get the best out of our personnel department in terms of what they’ll provide for us and the opportunity to coach whoever they bring to us,” he said. “Then it’s our job to develop these players to the best of our abilities. We think we have the coaches to do that. We also will put in systems of football to accommodate those abilities so we’re not working to put square pegs in round holes, so to speak. We’re putting good football players in position to maximize their skill set. That’s part of the coaching job as well.”
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