Q&A: Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman

FLOWERY BRANCH – Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has the team off to a 2-3 record this season.

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The Associated Press | Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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The Associated Press | Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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The Associated Press | Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

They lost to Buffalo, Green Bay and Carolina. They have victories, both on the road, over San Francisco and the New York Jets. The Falcons (2-3) host the Bears at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

He spoke with the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday.

Here’s what Trestman had to say:

Q: How did you all drop the game in Charlotte after building a 21-7 lead?

A: There are a lot of different ways to lose and we've moved on to Atlanta. You have to have amnesia in this business and move forward. We were certainly disappointed that we didn't make enough plays to win the football game. They are all tied together. Certainly, there is five or six (plays) that we remember, but they are all tied together with the rest of the game as well.

Q: What worked for the Bears on the road in San Francisco and in New York against the Jets?

A: With any team it's universally the same. If you play discipline football and you win the turnover battle, you're going to have a heck of a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. That what we were able to do in both games.

Q: What do you see in this Atlanta defense that has had trouble with smaller backs?

A: We know this. Mike (Nolan) does a great job with structure and scheme. We're going to have to be ready for all of the things that he brings us in his 3-4 base defense. We've got to be ready for that. They are very sound and they are very aggressive. We feel like they are continuing to improve. We know that we are going to have our hands full.

Q: Has Jared Allen provided your pass rush with a boost?

A: He certainly has. He's been a boost in the locker room, too. It's been kind of an odd season for him. He missed a game for the first time in his career. He missed a lot of training camp. He had a family situation that he had to contend with. He's coming back strong and he adds a big spark for us. He's done a good job for us running to the football and mixing it up. He's gotten his strength back from being out over a week ago now. I believe that he's back at full strength.

Q: How is Will Young playing for the Bears?

A: We got Willie from Detroit. He came in as a projected starter and then the last week of free agency, we got Jared in. Willie has been a part of the rotation. We saw him as a highly athletic, highly productive guy. He's been that for us. When you watch him on tape and you watch him in the games, he's running to the football. He's mixing it up. He's a very good physical tackler. He's got some one-on-ones and he's won them.

Q: Any concern about facing Devin Hester?

A: You know the guys here, we all love Devin. He was a great part of this organization for a long time. He was with us for the first year I was here. I loved having him with us. We obviously have been following him very, very closely and now we have to try to stop him. Now, we know that won't be easy. We love him, but on Sunday we have to play against him and we're going to do everything that we can to try to neutralize him. We know, as I said, that won't be easy.

Q: How do you see the matchup between the Bears’ defensive line and the Falcons’ offensive line?

A: They are going to step up. It's a next-man-up league. If you lose a guy, then the next guy has got an opportunity. This offense that we are playing has been very productive this year. They are averaging over 400 yards a game. They've got difference making receivers. They've got very good backs. Not one or two, but three or four. …We know that their investment is in the quality of the receivers, the quarterback. Matt is having a heck of a season. …we know that we have a lot to contend with.

Q: With Charles Tillman going down, who’s really stepped up for you guys in the secondary?

A: Kyle Fuller is fulltime now playing the right corner. We moved him around. . . .we are going to make a move this week. We'll see where it goes at the nickel back position. We'll leave that open. But Kyle has been the guy who's really stepped up at Charles' position to really help us. He's created turnovers and he's play very tough. He played very tough against (wide receiver Kelvin) Benjamin last week. Benjamin had 11 targets and three catches.

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