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Bears head coach Marc Trestman spoke with the local media via a conference call on Wednesday and touched on a number of subjects including former Bears and current Bucs QB Josh McCown, Lovie Smith and his Bears team. Below is a transcript of that call.

On his time coaching current Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown)
“Well it was a great experience and privilege to coach him in Chicago, no doubt about it. He’s a man of very, very high character, a great teammate to everybody in the locker room and, as I said on Monday, we were very excited and happy for him to be able to continue his journey in Tampa.”

(On McCown’s role while with Chicago)
“Josh took on the position of being Jay’s [Cutler] backup, and that means that he was not only a friend and a confidant of Jay’s, but he was also a guy who prepared extremely hard to get ready to play if we called upon him, which he was. He stepped up and took control and he handled the offense exceptionally well.”

(On Tampa Bay Head Coach Lovie Smith)
“Playing against him and his teams over the years, how disciplined they were and how they played together, certainly, just from afar watching on tape and then playing. I’ve crossed paths with him a few times and I see him as a first-class, honorable guy. Knowing some of the guys who played for him here, [he is a] guy who did things the right way.”

(On the similiarities between the offenses of Chicago and Tampa Bay)
“A lot of those are just matchups. As you said, the Bucs have two big receivers like we have, they have a speed receiver, their third guy, they’ve got strong, quick backs – so I think there are some similarities there in terms of the types of players that we have. I think that the offenses are geared not necessarily exactly the same way, but certainly with the idea in mind to use matchups along the way to create the mismatches that they can get. We’re seeing that on tape.”

(On McCown’s emotions)
“Josh is certainly a team guy. He’s an extremely unselfish person, an unselfish player. What you see is certainly that person and that player.”

(On Chicago’s Week 11 victory and what it means for the team moving forward)
“I don’t know. What we’re going to try to do is just try to build on the win and try to move forward and get better each and every day. I think that’s where we are. We’re just in the mode of trying to play hard and play together, come back to work and continue to try to improve our football team and kind of let Sunday take care of itself as we proceed forward. Right now we’re in the mode of just trying to stay focused on getting better as a football team.”

(On his thoughts as to the difficulty faced by Tampa Bay losing its offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford, early in the season)
“That’s a tough, tough question for me to [answer]. First of all, my heart and respect goes out to Jeff. I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a coach and I’m hopeful that he’ll continue to get better. That’s No. 1. No 2, the reason they have coordinators is to try to bring it all together, so when you’re missing that component, certainly everybody has to pick up the slack to be able to do that. It’s apparenent that the Bucs have been able to – this past week they found a way to do that. I think that’s a credit to each and every player and coach on the straff to be able to get that done, because you certainly are missing a component. Jeff is a highly regarded football coach, so it says a lot about the team that they could do that, and about the coaches as well.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Lovie and Marc Trestman had kind words and were very respectful of each other. If the rumors are true that Marc Trestman is out as HC in Chicago, then we may see this guy again. If the Bucs are going to run a traditional offense with an accurate pocket passer, he could be at the top of the list for the next Buc OC. The man is a virtual QB Whisperer (Jay Cutler is beyond help). If the Bucs pick a QB next year and McCown is going to be the back-up QB, the pieces immediately fall into place.

1BigOne
1BigOne
6 years ago

Macabee, I completely agree. Those were my thoughts as I was reading this as well. Im hoping we at least get a good qb thru the draft.

matador
matador
6 years ago

Cry me a river. We need an OL, and the rest of a DL. and then a QB to take the team where it can go. Almost every Bucs ex-coach has gotten it out of order. The very next draft will tell whether Lovie (and Licht) join the parade

tjhuth
tjhuth
Reply to  matador
6 years ago

I agree matador. The BUCs have enough talent at QB to win games — IF — they improve the OL. Ditto for the defensive backs and line backing corp if the DLine improves.
LT is a must followed by guard/center. Need someone who can open holes for the RBs.

tjhuth
tjhuth
6 years ago

I have been hearing a lot of talk-radio on the BUCs going after a QB. Much of that centers around Jameis Winston. I am not a prude. I don’t mind bad boys. I thought we should have picked up Richie Incognito. But I draw the line at JW. The kid is a mess with no moral compass and once he has real money, I personally think he will spiral out of control.
If the BUCS pick him (regardless of when), I will absolutely hate it. He will not draw me to the stadium, he will push me away.

PewterPose
PewterPose
6 years ago

It’s nice to see good, intelligent comments. I think Trestman would be a fine hire as an OC. I’m on the fence about what we do at QB. I really do think it behooves teams to invest in a franchise QB – the way the rules are nowadays it’s insane not to do so when you have the opportunity. I’m not sure if that opportunity exists in this draft. I’m with tjhuth on Winston – that guys scares the living s* out of me. Look at every guy in the league who came in with character issues: Blount this week,… Read more »

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