By Dan Durkin-
(CBS) Bears coach Marc Trestman talks about taking 24 hours to enjoy a win, but it feels like a few hours were shaved off of that period of enjoyment after Sunday’s 21-13 win against the Vikings.
“We spent the morning in individual and segment meetings, obviously making corrections,” Trestman said. “We have all already quickly moved on to Tampa Bay. We’ve got to keep our focus on what’s important, and that is using the next 24 hours as players and coaches to get ready for Tampa Bay.”
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall’s reaction to Sunday’s performance demonstrated he’s not under any illusions after the win, which moved Chicago to 4-6.
“It was a little rough,” Marshall said. “Still had a slow start, still wasn’t good enough, but we got the win and we’re going to enjoy it. I guess we’re done enjoying it, we got back to work today and watched film and we were really held each other accountable and focused on how we can continue to get better and build off of it.”
The Bears have a chance to win back-to-back games for only the second time this season when they play host to former coach Lovie Smith and his 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at noon this Sunday at Soldier Field.
Within Halas Hall, there’s still a deep respect and admiration for Smith among the veteran players who played under his leadership for the majority of their careers, which makes for an interesting dynamic heading into the game.
Trestman on special teams
Once again, the Bears’ special teams provided no boost in field position and were the source of negative plays Sunday.
The Vikings’ fake punt was their longest rushing play of the game and set up their lone touchdown. The Bears also committed a block in the back, while Robbie Gould missed a field goal and had a kickoff go out of bounds. Pat O’Donnell also averaged fewer than 30 yards per punt.
“We’ve got to get better,” Trestman said. “We’ve got to get off blocks, and we’ve got to handle the special situation, the fake. We’ve got to do a better job of handling that.”
Trestman on clock management
On Sunday, I tried to get Trestman to help shine some light on what his thought process was at the end of the first half, specifically with how he chose to use his timeouts and manage the clock after getting the ball back with a little over a minute left. His answer provided little clarity.
However, after having a chance to reflect upon it, Trestman was a bit more contrite with his assessment when speaking with the media Monday.
“They had two timeouts,” Trestman said. “When I looked back at it today, I thought I could’ve done a better job managing it. Part of the process is try to get them to eliminate their timeouts so they don’t have them if they get the ball, offensively speaking.”
Dan Durkin covers the Bears for CBSChicago.com and is a frequent contributor to 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter at @djdurkin.