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posted: 9/17/2013 5:35 AM

Trestman's style methods key to Bears' success

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  • Bears head coach Marc Trestman has a calm demeanor and a focus that seems to work well for the Bears and their quarterback.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman has a calm demeanor and a focus that seems to work well for the Bears and their quarterback.
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Well here is the column that actually made it to press!

I had one ready to earlier declaring Jay Cutler wasn't the guy to get it done for the Chicago Bears, and I was saying your quarterback can't be turning the ball over like he has been doing and expect to go into the playoffs.

But then, for the second straight week, Cutler and the Bears came back late in the game to beat a team, this time the Minnesota Vikings.

While Cutler was more upset about the fumble that gave the Vikings a touchdown, the short pass into the end zone that was batted around and intercepted bothered me more.

None of that really matters, though, because the standings read 2-0 with the Pittsburgh Steelers game and a third victory on the horizon.

Marc Trestman is the head coach and offensive mastermind with no middleman. His style and methods have led to some gutsy play calling and a calm and resolute approach resulting in more offensive production.

I think we can all agree the Bears could be 0-2 or 1-1, but they are not. Cutler still needs to be more prudent but here's what I see: a much improved offensive line, stud receivers, a great all-purpose back in Matt Forte, and now a quarterback who is coming through in the fourth quarter.

There's work to do, but it's easier to come to work at 2-0.

Pocket passer a better bet

With Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel's great performance on Saturday and some NFL teams thinking the elusive quarterback is the way to go, I still predict RG3 and Michael Vick will be lucky to be around by the 10th game.

The pocket passer has a better chance to escape injury. Here's the QB's that love the pocket: Jay Cutler, Matt Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

Yeah, I like the pocket passers chances a lot better. A running QB means "not for long" in the National Football League, and that will apply to Manziel, too.

Manziel in the NFL

I'm loving the topic of whether Johnny Manziel can play at the next level. ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck said he wants to watch more film before he can tell us for sure.

Really? You are paid to give your opinion -- how much more proof do you need Manziel can get it done? He is the same size as Russell Wilson and Drew Brees, and for those people who think he's a third-round pick, you're mistaken. He'll be gone by then. He's a middle first-rounder easy, and his arrow is pointing up.

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