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The Bears Den: January 18, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

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Trestman excited to join storied franchise - Larry Mayer: During his introductory press conference, the new Bears coach expressed gratitude to those who helped him reach the pinnacle of his profession and shared his vision of the future.

Fascinating insight into new Bears coach Marc Trestman - Charles-Andre Marchand, the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Montreal Alouettes, shares stories about new Bears coach Marc Trestman.

Mike Ditka: Marc Trestman has ‘best job in the NFL’ - Da Coach on what it means to be the coach of the Chicago Bears.

Peter King's TMQB - Peyton Manning; Andy Reid; Rob Chudzinski; Junior Seau and more thoughts.

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Marc Trestman regime begins

Bears introduce Marc Trestman - Michael C. Wright: New head coach expressed immediate excitement about the prospect of working with Jay Cutler. [Video] "I'm excited to have four downs"

Trestman: ‘Sometimes dreams do come true’ - For the 57-year-old Trestman, the opportunity to work with GM Phil Emery is just an opportunity he couldn't turn down.

[Video] NFL Around the League - Marc Trestman joins "Around the League" to discuss his reunion with Jay Cutler, his CFL stint and how he plans to improve a team that finished 10-6.

It was Emery’s choice all the way - Sean Jensen: Phil Emery handpicked Marc Trestman as the Bears’ 14th coach after interviewing at least 13 other candidates, and his bosses maintained a hands-off approach throughout the two-week process.

Experience in CFL an asset, not a liability for Trestman - Moon Mullin: Trestman’s drive to pursue a top job north of the border, in a new game with new players, rules and even a playing field, was one of the character reasons behind Emery's decision.

Emery feels a kinship with Trestman - Michael C. Wright: After speaking to Trestman during the first phase of the interview process, Emery saw a little of himself in the coach, and admitted Wednesday to gravitating toward that.

Emery turned to Cutler for input on finalists - Michael C. Wright: GM wanted Cutler to meet with each of the three candidates and keep a keen eye on four things: Communication, poise and presence, the ability to articulate systems of offense, defense and special teams, and leadership before reporting back with what he observed.

What to expect from Bears coach Marc Trestman - Sean Jensen with highlights from Marc Trestman's introductory press conference.

Trestman has Bears' success all mapped out - Brad Biggs: New coach's 13-month calendar ends with Super Bowl parade.



Everything you need to know from Trestman’s first day - Adam Hoge breaks down what was learned at Halas Hall Thursday.

[Video] CTL discussion - The CTL crew break down the Trestman hiring.

Marc Trestman has answers for what ails Bears - David Haugh: They just might not be the correct ones, especially when it comes to the new coach maintaining a strong defense.

For better or worse, coach and GM tied together - Mike Mulligan: Marc Trestman and Phil Emery have a lot in common, and now have to prove they're both winners.

Bears win war of words, but it isn't enough - Dan McNeil moans about nothing of consequence. I wasted two minutes of my life looking at this so you should, too.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Breaking down Emery's decision to hire Trestman.

Chances slim that Trestman boosts Bears 'W' total in 2013 - Moon Mullin explains why the chances the Bears finish with more than 10 wins under Marc Trestman in 2013 may be slim.

[Video] CTL discussion - What may have happened had Bruce Arians got the job?

Trestman’s dedication gives him an advantage over Eagles’ Kelly - Steve Silverman: Kelly comes across as an opportunist who wanted big NFL dollars. Trestman comes across as a football coach who wants an opportunity to compete at the highest level.


Coaching staff changes

Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff - Larry Mayer: After hiring assistants Aaron Kromer and Joe DeCamillis, new Bears head coach Marc Trestman is continuing to focus on assembling his staff.

Rod Marinelli turns down offer to stay on as DC - Vaughn McClure: Most other assistants dismissed, but Hoke could be candidate to replace Marinelli.

Marinelli, Tice won't be back with Bears - Michael C. Wright: Trestman said he likely will bring several coaches from his Montreal staff with him to Chicago.

Hoke, Byrd, Phair are only Bears’ coaches retained - Adam L. Jahns: It didn’t take long for new Bears head coach Marc Trestman to make changes at Halas Hall, dismissing Mike Tice, Bob Babich, Jeremy Bates, Mike DeBord, Darryl Drake, Tim Holt and Tim Spencer.

Rod Marinelli turns down offer to stay on as DC - Vaughn McClure: Most other assistants dismissed, but Hoke could be candidate to replace Marinelli.


Improving Cutler and the offense; roster considerations

Marc Trestman eager to begin working with Jay Cutler - Larry Mayer: Meeting with Cutler earlier this week at Halas Hall, it was clear to Trestman that the QB isn't the same player or person he was seven years ago.

Marc Trestman ready to help Jay Cutler, Bears offense - Jon Greenberg: Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo said Trestman's eye for detail is a thing to behold and it's challenging for players to conform. Cutler needs to fix his mechanical flaws and his lapses in fundamentals. This isn't a secret. Trestman wouldn't call out Cutler. But he will teach him.

Trestman will approach Cutler with ‘sense of urgency’ - Adam L. Jahns: What Trestman can get out of Cutler could be the final determining factor if Cutler is truly a franchise QB.

Trestman's task is to succeed with Cutler where others have failed - Dan Pompei: Trestman probably cannot make Cutler something he never has been, but he can minimize his weaknesses and accentuate his strengths.

Top objective is to keep QB upright - Brad Biggs: Lovie Smith talked at length when he was hired in 2004 about beating the Packers. Trestman wants to protect the QB. Jay Cutler has to hope Trestman has more success with his goals than Smith did with his.

Studious Trestman may have knowledge to spark offense - Rick Telander: Trestman is the offensive-minded guy, a former QB himself, and he is known as the man who will make your QB better than he ever has been.

Selling Cutler on Trestman's offense - Steve Rosenbloom: If Marc Trestman wants to sell Jay Cutler on the West Coast offense, then just show Cutler tape of his first half against Minnesota at Soldier Field in Week 12.

Trestman mum on Urlacher's Bears future - Jon Greenberg: A lot could depend on the new DC and the scheme he wants to run.

Long-term futures of Cutler, Urlacher not necessarily secure - Moon Mullin: Marc Trestman did not divulge into individual players' futures in Chicgo, but he did hint at a few key players.


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Ravens' hero rips Lovie Smith: He never gave me a chance - Corey Graham is a Baltimore Ravens' playoff hero after picking off Peyton Manning twice in an upset victory in Denver. And he's fast shedding the 'special teams guy' label he believes was unfairly forced upon him during his first five NFL years with the Bears.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Wiederer with a "Big Picture" look at the Vikings for 2013.

PFF snapshot - QBs' third down conversion rates. Cutler finishes mid-table.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: Observing how teams cover the all-star games can give you a hint into the efficiency of their scouting departments. The Bears staff has a private conference room for interviews and internal meetings, most of their scouting staff is here and are covering this game like their lives are at stake.

NFP previews The East West Shrine Game - Russ Lande reviews Wednesday's morning and afternoon practices at the East West Shrine Game. Which players helped themselves the most?

Mock draft - Mel Kiper's Mock 1.0 has the Bears taking Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert in the first round.

Guest video week, courtesy of Just Dave and his students. (Mute button advised...)