- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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A look at what's to come as the Chicago Bears begin the Marc Trestman era:
Biggest change to expect: Trestman is an offensive guru with a strong foundation in the original West Coast scheme. Surely his thinking has changed and evolved over the years, but generally speaking, he will work hard to make the Bears a quicker, higher-tempo offense. He'll ask quarterback Jay Cutler to take shorter drops and release the ball quickly, minimizing the impact of the pass rush. As a result, the Bears are emphasizing the importance of their interior line and probably will have two new starting guards this season in addition to new left tackle Jermon Bushrod. The Bears have had many incarnations of offense over the years, but if Trestman is successful, none of them will have looked like this.
What success would look like: General manager Phil Emery interviewed almost exclusively offensive-minded coaches after firing Lovie Smith, so it's clear there is an organizational mandate to improve the offense. Elevating Cutler's performance is a big part of that goal. So more than anything, the Bears want to see their offense become more explosive and in a sustainable, long-term way. At the same time, it will be important to maintain the defensive and special teams edges the Bears had under Smith. If they regress, any offensive improvement will be negated.
Personality: Much has been made of Trestman's professorial personality and his regular use of self-help terms such as "self-actualize." How will someone who talks that way identify with today's NFL players? Would Bears players be better off with a more traditional fire-and-brimstone coach? It's worth noting that while they are different people, Trestman and Smith share one important common trait: They are low-key and consistent. More than anything, that's what players want from their coach. They don't want to be left guessing what the coach thinks or wondering how to interpret moods.
More or fewer wins? Fewer. The Bears won 10 games last season, and it would be almost unfair to expect more in 2013, given the transition. That said, a 10-win season is certainly within reach, based on the talent on this team.