I think that the best thing about the Chicago Bears today might be that Rex Grossman no longer plays for them.
It doesn’t even matter who plays at QB for the Bears, whoever is there doesn’t usually last long anyways.
I don’t know much about the original Willy Wonka, the one played by Gene Wilder back in 1971, but the actor whom apparently drew some good reviews now apparently resembles the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears, maybe even in more ways than one.
New Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett said the team’s new Head Coach Bears some resemblance to the gifted actor Wilder.
“He’s a genius,” Bennett says of Trestman. “A lot of time when you are around really, really smart people, you don’t really understand them.”
In regards to the comedic acting of Wilder from the 1971 film: “I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. He had all kinds of candy. Why doesn’t like chocolate and candies? I just think he’s brilliant (too).”
I don’t know anything at all about Wilder myself, but if his acting style is/was anything like Johnny Depp’s, who played Wonka in the 2005 re-make, that has got to be quite the compliment for the guy whose job it is to restore some respect in the Windy City football team.
Bennett, a 6-year NFL veteran is new to Chicago after having spent the first 4 years of his career in the Lone Star State and 16 games last year as a member of the NY Giants.
WEST COAST OFFENSE
With a mind like Trestman controlling the plays, Matt Forte continuing to run the ball, and maybe a few nice plays from QB Jay Cutler operating in Trestman’s West Coast-style offense, here is their chance.
While everyone raves about the new weapons that were brought in for Cutler’s sake, the new linemen are blocking better for Forte — “You saw it in the preseason,” he said — as is tight end Martellus Bennett, who also draws defenders downfield, making more room for Forte.
The Bears are sort of turning into a team that operates on some success without the strength of one of those big name quarterbacks, some may think of Cutler as a big name QB, but when I look back on the past 10 years, I can’t think of anything huge that he has done.
The last time the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl, it became the Greatest Quarterback Mismatch in the History of the NFL as Peyton Manning (then with the Colts) should have decimated the Rex Grossman and the Bears.
Other than Forte, the only one who just might make a few more headlines this season is the Head Coach and former Canadian football Coach, Marc Trestman. I’m not saying he’s like Bill Bellichick or Sean Payton, but Trestman in actually in position to steal all the headlines this year.
The Bears offense is still growing, but there are many signs of concrete improvement. Their 50 percent third-down conversion rate is the best in the NFC, and Cutler is the highest-rated third-down passer in the conference.
“He’s an offensive genius, that’s how I put it all the time,” he said of Trestman. “He’s making everybody better. We’re just on the tip of the iceberg with this offense.”
With that in mind, Forte isn’t surprised the Bears have put together two fourth-quarter comebacks already.
Their next game is at Heinz Field against Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. If any of you happened to watch on Monday night when Pitt hosted Cincinnati, where Big Ben couldn’t throw 2 touchdown passes against a team like Cincinnati? Pitt does have the more dependable defence, a much more sound and experienced defence, Jay Cutler is proving himself to be good but I don’t know if he is that good yet.
According to Forte, “this is a hefty playbook, we’ve got a lot of games left, so we have a lot of stuff saved for teams that play certain coverages or certain fronts. We know the stuff, it’ll be called (when the time is right),” he said talking about all the plays in the Bears playbook.
Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh might bring a few more of them out, knowing that Pitt operates out of a 3-4 front; in the Bears’ first two games, they faced the zone-reliant 4-3 systems of the Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings.
On Sunday, things could explode for Chicago, or implode: Facing a winless Pittsburgh Steelers team, which operates out of a 3-4 front, Sunday on the road might present Chicago that opportunity to expand the playbook. In its first two outings, the club played similar zone-reliant 4-3 teams in the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings.
Now, nobody should be taking the Steelers too lightly; despite opening the season at 0-2, Pitt still plays a more aggressive defensive scheme than Minny and the Bengals. Pitt’s defence still ranks #10 in total yards allowed and they are one of only three NFL teams to allow only one TD through the air (the other two are KC and Seattle).