(CBS) With almost a full week of training camp under Marc Trestman in the books, Bears players are starting to get a good idea of how their new coach will run his team.
And that is fast-paced.
It’s become quite clear that Trestman’s goal is to keep things moving during practice, keeping players on their toes and out of breath.
“I just want to put guys in a position where they feel uncomfortable on the practice field and they don’t take it for granted,” Trestman told The Mully and Hanley Show. “The more uncomfortable they feel on the practice field – that’s really the element right there, to keep it moving. Sundays are so chaotic in football. So many things are happening so fast, there’s no time to think. You have to move on to the next play. You have to create that environment. That’s what we’re trying to do on the practice field.”
After the Bears’ 10-6 finish in 2012, the franchise decided to part ways with head coach Lovie Smith – a favorite among players.
Trestman discussed the challenges of taking over for a coach who spent nine season with his team.
“I really approach each and every day as one of the guys in my own way. Everybody has their own way of doing things. My purpose is to go out on the field each and every day and try to get these guys to be the best they can be, on and off, by using the football field to do that. … I respect the relationships they’ve had in the past. That’s understandable. My biggest goal is to get these guys to want it for themselves. There are new guys on the team. It’s not the same team as it was last year. We’ve got new faces. I’m encouraged by the relationships and the team bonding that’s going on now – not to my doing, but because we have veterans that want to bring these guys along.”