Speaking to reporters on Monday, Marc Trestman was asked if he felt any trepidation as the Bears prepare to start the season on Sunday. He seemed more concerned with pronouncing trepidation than feeling any.
“I don’t feel that word trepi, trepi … what was it again?” Trestman asked, smiling. “Trepidation? If it’s more than three syllables, I’m out of business. I don’t feel that trepidation. The whole defense wasn’t together at one time during the preseason. We’re going to have to come together. It’s going to be a process working together, getting to know each other, how each other works. But the talent level’s there.”
He has a point when he says the unit hasn’t been together. New defensive end Jared Allen played in just one game.Safety Chris Conte didn’t play until the third game against the Seattle Seahawks. Trestman sat down all the starters and key reserves in the final preseason game, so the unit as it is set up has yet to play together.
“There’s always concern, but I think we’re going to have our guys hyped up, ready to go,” cornerback Tim Jennings said. “It’s a full game. We’re not going to just play a quarter here, two quarters here. We’re going to play a whole 60 minutes of football. So this first one is a good test to see where we’re at.”
Whatever word you want to use, trepidation or concern, Bears fans are sure to have some. Last year’s defense was historically bad, and that has left a bad taste in team and fans alike. Having all the new players and a new system, the unknown is great. We will start to get a picture of the defense starting this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.