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How many assistants has Trestman worked with?

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How many members of the Bears coaching staff have been associated with the new head coach prior to this season? It seems like all of them.

From Rob M. on Twitter

New Bears head coach Marc Trestman has previously worked with five of the seven coordinator/position coaches he has added to his staff. Trestman worked with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and running backs coach Skip Peete with the Raiders from 2001-03. Trestman also hired two of his assistants from the Montreal Alouettes: tight ends coach Andy Bischoff and linebackers coach Tim Tebesar. Trestman has not previously worked with new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis or the two assistants he retained from Lovie Smith's staff, defensive line coach Mike Phair and defensive backs coach Jon Hoke.

Has new Bears coach Marc Trestman verbally addressed the issue of not being able to beat the Packers?

From Eli B. on Twitter

I thought it was very interesting that the Green Bay Packers were never mentioned during Marc Trestman's nearly hour-long introductory press conference, either by a member of the media or the coach himself. (I'm unaware of any other public comments the new Bears coach has made.) I can tell you that Trestman, who grew up in Minnesota, certainly understands and appreciates the rivalry as well as the importance of controlling the division by beating not only the Packers but the Vikings and the Lions as well.

Is it my imagination or was Chris Conte picked on the most by quarterbacks in the secondary?

From Dale H. on Twitter

Maybe it was just me, but I didn't notice opposing quarterbacks targeting Chris Conte much if at all. I thought he had a pretty good second season, starting the first 15 games at free safety before missing the finale with a hamstring injury. Conte was the last line of defense for a unit that didn't allow a touchdown pass of more than 30 yards. He ranked fifth on the defense with 86 tackles and had two interceptions.

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