Some call it "scuttlebutt" and others may say "negative chatter." Bears head coach Marc Trestman calls it "noise."
It was the talk that swirled around town and around the team last week regarding Trestman's decision to insert starter Jay Cutler as the No. 1 quarterback despite the excellent relief work done by Josh McCown.
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By whatever name, Trestman felt compelled to address the situation with his team.
"I'm enough aware of what's going on around us to make sure that there's clear communication and, at times, when I have to address it, I do," he said. "I don't leave anything out there. If I feel the team needs to be addressed on any issue inside or outside the building, that's what our morning meetings are for -- and when I meet with them after practice, I'll address it again if necessary. But yes, it goes far beyond X's and O's certainly."
Trestman believes the second-guessing and armchair quarterbacking by fans and media comes with the territory, and rather than ignore it, he takes it on.
"Everybody wants to be a decision-maker, and that's the fun of it," the coach said. "There's time between each play and a week between each game, and it gives everybody a chance to talk about the game, and that's a big part of it.
"The noise last week was the question of who should be playing quarterback. Every week it's a little different. The first three weeks of the season, the noise was, 'The Bears are going to be undefeated.' It's not the veterans you worry about -- it's the young guys who are new to the league and understanding that this is a long, long road. Things come up during the course of the season that need to be addressed."
After not practicing Wednesday and being limited Thursday by a sore hamstring, wide receiver Brandon Marshall had full participation in Friday's practice and is probable for Sunday.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett (probable) was excused for personal reasons but is expected to make the trip to Philadelphia today and play Sunday.
The Eagles are 3-18 against the spread in their last 21 games in which they are favored for a second straight week.
Last week the Eagles were 7-point favorites in Minnesota, but they lost to the Vikings 48-30. They are 3-point favorites over the Bears on Sunday night. In their last 26 games at home, the Eagles have covered just five times.
Marc Trestman's team is 8-6, the most wins by a first-year Bears head coach since John "Paddy" Driscoll went 9-2-1 in 1956, and the most by a Bears first-year head coach in the Super Bowl era.
Trestman is tied for fourth among first-year coaches in franchise history, trailing George Halas, who first team went 10-1-2 in 1920; Ralph Jones (9-4-1 in 1930) and Driscoll.