Marc Trestman opened his tenure as the head football coach of the Chicago Bears in Charlotte. The game saw Chicago get the ball quickly after stopping Cam Newton on his opening drive. Jay Cutler then got mixed up with one of his wideouts to throw an interception. From that moment on Cutler would proceed to go 6 of 7. Marc Trestman targeted Matt Forte a few times while Cutler was in the game. The offensive line still has some of the same problems as last year especially at RT with Jermarcus Webb. Cutler was without Brandon Marshall, but the mix up with Alshon Jeffrey can’t happen in a regular season game. The Panthers would go on to capitalize on the turnover like any good team would.
The defense looked very promising especially number 57, Jon Bostic, out of Florida. Trestman plugged him into the MLB spot and he flourished with a 51 yard interception for a touchdown to open the scoring for Chicago. You could definitely feel the leadership exhibited by players like Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. The linebacking core looked impressive with plays like Khaseem Greene and Blake Costanzo. One of the young corners made a play on Kenyon Barner out of Oregon to get the Bears the ball and set up for a FG from Robbie Gould.
The Bears’ backups continued to make plays with a fumble recovery in the third quarter. The offense didn’t look anywhere near where it needs to be for the regular season, but this is just the first preseason game. With each game until the third preseason matchup the offense will play more and more. In the third game expect the offense to play at least a half, and more like three quarters. Cutler wasn’t given a lot of chances to show off his ability with the likes of Forte and his big targets. Come the regular season expect Michael Bush and Forte to be a potent one-two punch with lots of productivity from the outside. Martellus Bennet will add production from the TE position, however his backup remains to be seen with a job up for grabs.
The defense is right where it needs to be with lots of veteran leadership and some new blood who have the ability to make plays. Greene’s number 60, that’s going to change. Jon Bostic looks like defensive rookie of the year, and i’ve loved this pick ever since the card was read. Long the first round selection worked with the backups, but expect him to push for someone’s starting job up front.