1) In what ways has the Bears’ new head coach Marc Trestman been an upgrade and a downgrade from Lovie Smith?
Marc Trestman has been an immediate upgrade on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line has been protecting and Jay Cutler has been performing very well this year. Trestman hired Mel Tucker to take over the defense and he has been running the defense very similar to the way Lovie ran it and it is showing in the form of turnovers. The downside was that the Bears lost Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub and Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rod Marinelli. The special teams unit has not been very special this year and the defensive line has been very unimpressive.
2) Which Washington Redskins players on offense and defense will the Bears be concerned about the most?
On offense, the Bears need to contain RGIII. I know that there are lots of critics out there saying that RGIII has lost a step and isn’t very good this year. I don’t buy that one bit. The Bears have problems containing mobile quarterbacks and they will need to focus on making sure he is throwing, not running. Plus, Alfred Morris is a beast and the Bears let Brandon Jacobs look like Adrian Peterson on Thursday Night Football. The Bears will need to score early and often in order to keep the ball off the ground and in the air. As for the defense, DeAngelo Hall had a field day with Jay Cutler the last time these two teams met. Jay is going to have to make sure he doesn’t force throws or he is going to turn the ball over.