Marc Trestman's coaching career began 30 years before he was able to savor his first victory as a head coach in the NFL, but he still downplayed its significance.
But the 14th head coach in Bears history said his personal milestone was special because he was able to share it with family, including his father, Jerry.
"On a personal level, my father's gone the distance with me," Trestman said. "He's 85 years old, and I was glad he was there to see the day, but that wasn't what the day was about. The day was about the Bears and the city of Chicago and the fans.
"We had a chance to rejoice, no doubt about it. I'm not going to step aside and say we didn't, but it wasn't the most important part of the day. It really wasn't.
"The most important part was the Bears winning a game and beating the Bengals."
Trestman also appreciated the game ball he received from his players, but that, too, was a shared experience.
"I was very appreciative of that happening," he said. "As I told the guys, 'No one person or player really is instrumental in winning a game.' We have a bunch of coaches who spent a lot of time over the last six months, and I'm happy to share that ball with them.
"They deserve it as well because they're the guys who really did all the hard work to get us to (Sunday), and I share that ball with them."
Martellus Bennett is representing the Bears as a spokesman for prostate cancer awareness and, not surprisingly, the loquacious tight end managed to work that into the conversation Monday.
Describing his feelings in his first game as a Bear and his reaction to Sunday's 8-yard touchdown catch, Bennett said: "I think everybody was nervous. I know I was nervous. I was jittery into the second quarter. After I caught the touchdown, I was … I needed my prostate checked."
Bennett also provided some insight into why he is the way he is, a man who never met a microphone he didn't like.
"I can't help it," he said. This is just who I am. I grew up a huge fan of (Shaquille O'Neal) and Muhammad Ali. The real reason I talk the way I talk is because I really loved Muhammad Ali, and then my vocational Bible school.
"When I was like 9, they said Jesus talked good parables. We should try to be more like Jesus, and I took it literally. I was trying to start talking in parables all the time because that's how Jesus talked.
"That's how I got stuck doing that to this day."
Coming and going:
Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who was waived last week, was re-signed Monday, and tight end Kyle Adams was waived.
Scott started seven games last season and has 35 starts in six NFL seasons with four teams, but he did not play in the preseason this year because of a knee injury.
Adams, a three-year veteran, was waived last Monday but re-signed a day later and played Sunday in the victory over Cincinnati. He played in 24 games for the Bears, mostly on special teams, and also had 4 catches for 40 yards.
Quarterback Jerrod Johnson was signed to the practice squad, and the practice squad contract of guard Derek Dennis was terminated.