- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, iLL. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman invited former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon to Halas Hall during minicamp to speak to the team and work with its quarterbacks. Watching Jay Cutler up close for the first time, Gannon said the Bears signal caller "has a lot more talent than I ever had at that position."
Gannon worked with Trestman during stops in Minnesota and in Oakland in 2002, when the quarterback was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player.
Gannon said the key for Cutler and Trestman is to gain a high level of trust in one another.
"That relationship between the play caller and the quarterback is absolutely vital," Gannon said. "To get to know Marc, and not only that, to get to develop some trust ... it's really important to be able to trust the guy on the other end, that he's got your back. Not only that, but that he can trust you (that) in critical situations, you're gonna do the right thing. That's gonna be really important in terms of how the Bears start the season and how they finish the season, that relationship between Marc and Jay."
Trestman said he invited Gannon to minicamp so the former quarterback could share his in-game experiences, but most importantly to provide the team some perspective as a player who went through several bouts of adversity to finish his career on a high note.
"(It was) not because I coached him. He's a guy who gets around to a lot of teams. Not to get inside information, but just to give us his perspective of the league. I think 10 minutes with the team will help on that count," Trestman said. "Then, the (other reason) is just spending time mostly with our quarterbacks during the day. I've left it up to the quarterbacks really to ask Rich the questions about his experiences and his journey, which was a long one and a diverse one.
"He went through a lot of different ups and downs before he elevated himself to where he really finished his career. So I thought it would give them good perspective, and Rich agreed to do it. I'm happy to see him here."