Marc Trestman earns his stripes in win over Packers


Marc Trestman

Marc Trestman has molded young and matured quarterbacks into relevant, winning signal callers. Monday night’s win over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers added another chapter to his story. With starting quarterback Jay Cutler shelved with a groin injury, back-up Bears QB Josh McCown made his first start of 2013. Marc Trestman showed that with McCown under center, the Chicago Bears are still relevant offensively and in the NFC North.

With the win at Lambeau Field, Trestman showed that he can plan an offensive game with different skill sets at the quarterback position. McCown has been able to observe the game on the sidelines, on film, and with Trestman, and has excelled under the new system. Trestman put the journeyman in a situation where he was not expected to win the game solely with his arm, and with better skill players that have helped pad Cutler’s statistics prior to his injury.

Chicago management did well to add offensive talent for Cutler and company to work with the past few off-seasons and via the draft. Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett have been important for Cutler in every face of the passing game. Bennett had more catches in the first month of the 2013 season as the entire Bears tight end position in 2012. Marshall’s personal and professional relationship with Cutler has been well documented, and McCown is smart enough to know that your stud players need to get the ball.

The Chicago Bears offense has the unfamiliar distinction of carrying the load going forward. The defense is in shambles as injuries and bad have engulfed a once proud group. Eddie Lacy torched the Bears run defense for 150 yards and a score and the pass offense looked better in large part because of the loss of Aaron Rodgers during the Packers’ first possession.

As long as Tresty is manning the offense and getting the offense on track with the current NFL, the Bears have a chance to succeed this season and in the future.

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