LAKE FOREST, Sick. (Associated Press) -
The record says the particular Chicago Bears lead the NFC North at 3-0. Coach Marc Trestman isn’t buying it.
The way he sees it, Sunday’s game in Detroit might as well be the season opener.
“We’re not 3-0, ” Trestman stated. “We’re 0-0, and this is Sport 1 of 13. That’s truly the reality of it all. We’ve got to pay attention to getting better each day, and on Sunday we all play Game 1 of the season. That is how it is. There’s no light in late the tunnel here. There’s no guarantees at the end of the tunnel, that 3-0 is getting us anywhere. It’s giving us a chance. That’s what it could doing. ”
So far, the Bears are in a good spot.
They rallied to defeat Cincinnati and Minnesota and hung on last week at Pittsburgh following a 21-point lead shrunk to 4. They’re making clutch plays on offense. Their defense is as opportunistic as ever, even if the pass hurry is looking like more of a gossip than a reality.
Yet, they also know how short lived fast starts can be.
Two years ago, the particular Bears were closing out a win over San Diego to go to 7-3 when Jay Cutler threw an interception. Then, he tried to help make the particular tackle, and the result was a damaged thumb that sent them careening toward an 8-8 record that cost then-general manager Jerry Angelo his job.
Last year, they started 7-1, only to drop five of the next six as injuries mounted. They will wound up missing the playoffs for your fifth time in six years regardless of a 10-6 record, and the result was an overhaul that started with coach Lovie Smith’s shooting.
“It’s just three wins, ” linebacker Lance Briggs said. “Three is victorious isn’t going to get you into the playoffs so for us we need to keep etching away. This is a divisional opponent and when you play a divisional opposition, it’s a chance to separate yourself and obtain as big a jump on anybody in your division as you possibly can. ”
There are some indicators that this is more than just a mirage or perhaps a tease, particularly on offense.
There seems to be more discipline on that side with Trestman in charge instead of the defensive-minded Cruz.
The rebuilt line with newcomers Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson for the left side and rookies Jordan Mills and Kyle Long for the right has mostly held the ground, and the result is fewer penalties and fewer hits on Cutler.
The Bears have not been called for a false start. Considering Chicago had nine in a game in Detroit in 2011 and got flagged 25 times for it a year ago, this is a huge improvement.
Then, there’s the fact that Cutler, a human tackling dummy his first four years in Chicago, has been sacked just three times.
He’s recently been delivering down the stretch, completing almost 70 percent of his passes while boasting a 108. two rating in the fourth quarter.
Having big targets in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and newcomer Martellus Bennett helps. It doesn’t hurt, either, the particular play-calling seems to fit the employees, with Cutler getting the ball out of his hands quicker.
Yet, the Has understand just how fragile a fast begin is. They know better than to get too high.
“I think it all starts with Trestman and the rest of the coaches, inch Cutler said. “Everyone has really been good, especially on game day. There’s going to be some frustration from time to time. But when you look at those people guys and see how calm these are and confident they are about moving forward and going onto the next enjoy and being confident with the next enjoy call, it makes our job easier. ”
NOTES: CB Charles Tillman missed his second straight practice on Thursday because of knee and groin problems and remains day to day. “We’re hopeful and I’ll tell you where he is (on Friday), ” Trestman said. “Just not sure. We’ll notice where he is in the morning. He or she worked off the field all day. Optimistic but we’ll know more in the morning. inch… TE Martellus Bennett when questioned if he thinks Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh is dirty: “No, ideally he takes baths. I don’t think he’s dirty as a player. inch
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