Marc Trestman did not disappoint after being introduced asthe 14thhead coach in Chicago Bears history.Trestman was smart, organized, concise, andclearly a football guy answering questions from the media, which eliminated hisnervousness.After humble appreciationsto those responsible for delivering Trestman game-ready to the Bears, he foundhis element when he spoke about the science of football when fielding footballquestions, which broke the ice in his initial press conference. Trestman was clear about being hands-on reinventingquarterback Jay Cutler.His excitementwas genuine discussing Cutler, as it should -- Trestman understands Cutleris a great canvass to paint upon.Its notan extreme makeover project, but rather Cutler needs etiquette training to polishrough edges for a much more aesthetically pleasing product.The end result for Trestman ishopefully a magnificent piece of art that plays at a more efficient level.Trestman revealed this will be accomplished bypersonally running the quarterback meeting room, along with calling plays for the Bears on Sundays. Trestmanexplained when he said, It is my passion and something I enjoy.Trestman hit his stride during the press conference when discussinghis starting quarterback Jay Cutler, saying great players want to becoached, too; they want direction. This is where many media and fans mistakenlygo astray understanding Jay Cutler.Ihave written repeatedly how Cutlers demeanor would be a bigger problem if hedidnt care.Football and winning are important toCutler.Caring aboutyour job performance in relation to the success of your team and organizationshould be embraced, not demeaned.Although its expressed different by each player, the trait is real,vital and a tangible asset for success.Players who no longer take pride in football as an important priority intheir life are most likely no longer in the NFL.Outside of the passion, urgency, and commitment to winningchampionships displayed by Trestman during the press conference, he delivered averbal promise of what Bears general manager Phil Emery envisioned in a headcoach. Flexibility adapting to talent presented on the roster was aprerequisite for Emery.Trestman knockedit out of the park when he said philosophy is fluid. Trestmans analogy was scientificallyperfect again when he said, Im the GPS of the team. I let the team know wherewe are and where we are going.Trestman came across as an extremely smart coach whounderstands his "GPS coordinates" must be re-adjusted en route due to newunforeseen variables which may affect his final destination and time of arrival.Bears fans know all too well there are bumpsin the road.But if you travel smart,you ultimately reach your desired goal more safely and quicker.So can any Bears fans send me the GPScoordinates for MET LIFE Stadium in New Jersey?They host the Super Bowl in 2014.
Barring some kind of career-year from Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles, the 2021 NFL Draft will likely center around quarterback for the Chicago Bears. And while that's not necessarily good news for Bears fans, it could be worse. Next year's draft class will have a handful of quality quarterbacks with first-round grades.
In the latest mock draft from The Draft Wire, the Bears spend their first-round pick on North Dakota State darling, Trey Lance. The FCS standout is the apple of Draft Twitter's eye during the first wave of summer scouting, with some respected draft analysts like The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranking him ahead of Ohio State star, Justin Fields.
The Bears use the 12th overall pick in this mock on Lance. By the time April rolls around, and assuming Lance stacks another productive season on top of his remarkable 2019 performance, it's unlikely he'll be around outside the top 10.
Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and a remarkable ZERO interceptions in his first full season starting for the Bison. But that's not all; he ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, too.
At an estimated 6-3 and 224 pounds, Lance checks all the early boxes for a franchise quarterback prospect. If he does end up leapfrogging Fields for QB2, he'll be a top-five pick.
But here's the catch: we just don't know enough about him yet. His 2019 season was fantastic, but it's the only one he has on film. And it was against FCS competition, which makes his projection to the NFL more difficult. It's a slippery slope to use Carson Wentz as an example to support Lance's ability to make the jump to the pros. Players like Wentz are the exception; they're few and far between.
It's only July, and the mock draft landscape will change multiple times between now and April. But if Trubisky and Foles fail to deliver in 2020, all mock drafts will have the Bears picking a quarterback. The only question is how high will the Bears be picking in Round 1, and which quarterback (if any) falls to their selection.
Cody Whitehair is comfortable and excited about playing center in 2020, a position that isn't new for him but also wasn't deemed his full-time home until midway through last season.
With 2020 training camp scheduled to begin in two weeks, Whitehair is feeling good about his season outlook now that he's back to being the quarterback of the offensive line.
"That's where I feel the most comfortable," Whitehair said on Bears All-Access. "Obviously I'm a team guy and I'll do whatever they ask me to do. If it happens to be where they need me to play a different position, whether that be July 28 when we come in the building or, you know, whenever that may be, you know I'm always down for it."
Whitehair has always been a team-first guy since joining the Bears as a second-round pick in 2016. The former collegiate tackle began his career at center before flipping to guard and then back to center last season. He played 561 snaps at center and 508 at left guard in 2019.
"But you know just being comfortable at that position and being played there for as long as I have in the NFL it's really exciting to be able to be there to start the season again," Whitehair said.
Whitehair will be counted on to keep the offensive line in sync and on task, especially in the run game.
"You want your offense to be able to count on that run and especially in obvious situations," Whitehair said. "You know, that's where an offensive lineman has really got to be, you know, at his best whether that be obvious pass or obvious run.
"So it's something we take pride in and in the run game everything starts up there upfront and making sure we can get a hole open for those guys in the backfield because when we do that we're going to be dangerous."
The Bears' offensive line was recently ranked 22nd in the league by Pro Football Focus with the caveat that they could become one of the NFL's 10-best units if it returns to the level of play we saw in 2018. Whitehair was a big reason for that productive season, and he logged all 1,139 of his snaps at center that year.