Trestman's focus on game, not on going home

  • Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson celebrates with tackle Jordan Mills after a catching a touchdown pass against the Saints.

    Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson celebrates with tackle Jordan Mills after a catching a touchdown pass against the Saints. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Updated 12/24/2014 5:30 PM

Coach Marc Trestman has long and strong ties to the state of Minnesota, the Vikings and the University of Minnesota, where Sunday's game will be played outdoors.

He grew up in Minnesota, played quarterback for the Gophers (1975-77) and had two stints as an assistant coach with the Vikings (1985-86 and 1990-91.


"That's where I was raised and grew up and so forth," Trestman said. "But once you get there, you're focused on the game and the things you can do to help your football team win, not the fact that you're back on campus or anything like that.

"I'm sure it will cross my mind, but the focus is certainly on the team and the football game."

Trestman assumes there have been demands from friends and family for tickets, but that's not his department.

"I'm not in the ticket business. My wife takes care of the ticket business in the family, so I have no clue," he said. "I don't know who comes to any games, home or away. I don't really ever find out until after the game what's actually transpired."

One for the ages:

The last time the Bears played the Vikings outside at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium on Dec. 20, 2010, it was a memorable game for a lot of reasons.

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The Bears clinched the NFC North title with a 40-14 rout in a bitterly cold game played on a partially frozen natural grass surface because the Vikings' dome had collapsed days earlier under the weight of heavy snow. Bears defensive end Corey Wootton essentially ended Brett Favre's career when he sacked the aging veteran, who suffered a concussion when his head bounced off the tundra. It was Wootton's first and only sack of his rookie season.

Bears defensive end Jared Allen was on the opposing side for that one.

"It was frozen, but those games are cool," Allen said. "People talk about it, right? It was Monday night football, the Bears clinched the division, Brett's last snap.

"I remember all games, but those are the ones that you talk about later in life. Like, remember when you had to do this because your dome collapsed?"

Making his move:

Second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson had by far his most productive day in the NFL in last week's loss to Detroit, catching 7 passes for 66 yards a week after scoring his first touchdown.


A fractured collar bone in early August hindered his development and kept him on injured reserve through the first nine weeks of the season. But the 2013 seventh-round pick out of Washington State has contributed 15 receptions for 122 yards, and he showed glimpses of potential going back to the off-season.

"We see that in practice, we saw it in OTAs, we saw it briefly in training camp, and we're seeing some of that (now)," coach Marc Trestman said. "He's got a long way to go. He's just getting into it. He didn't get started (practicing) with us (until) a month-and-a-half ago.

"This is all part of his process growing as a player, his first time out. But certainly we see glimpses of his potential and the ability he has to play very well in this league."

Injury report:

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) is out for Sunday's game.

Defensive end Jared Allen (ribs), safety Chris Conte (back), kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive end David Bass (knee), guard Kyle Long (hip) and wide receiver Marquess Wilson (knee) were limited.

Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (ankle) was a full participant.


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