Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 16 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 16

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When Brandon Marshall started his career in Denver, Mike Shanahan helped lay the foundation, but the Bears receiver struggled to compare his current coach to his former.

"You have coach Trestman over here and he's got tons of books. Tons of pens. A brainiac. And then you have coach Shanahan..." After a long pause of nothing, Marshall burst into laughter and exited the podium.

Yes, its pretty obvious the first glance differences between Trestman and Shanahan. They do know each other and talked before Trestman took the job in Chicago. Shanahan raved about Jay Cutler then and did so again Wednesday during a media conference call.

"I know how Mike coaches...especially quarterbacks and the passing game," according to Trestman.

And that's reason enough for the one win Redskins to have their attention. That, and of course, second year quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 isn't having the same season as his rookie year- even he acknowledges that. Everyone wants to point to knee surgery to repair his ACL as the difference. Perhaps, but he's starting to return to form. And just the fact that he has the ability to be explosive in the running game and a growing command of his arm makes the Redskins a dangerous team. Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker pointed out what makes RG3 most dangerous is his competitiveness.

For a defense that has been shuffling since week 3, anybody is dangerous. The Bears D hasn't been able to establish any continuity in their starting line-up. Everyone keeps saying "next man up," and that's definitely true. But there is no such thing as add new player- stir and instantly find chemistry. Not in the NFL.

The defense should get a boost from Stephen Paea's return. He practiced for the first time in 2 weeks today, returning from a sprained toe. But the Bears need to start generating pass rush. Boost confidence of young guys and new faces forced into action.

I talked with Rookie Jon Bostic who will make his first career start this Sunday. He insists the veterans have helped prepare him for this and that he's been preparing all along to be the starter. Hopefully, his preseason impact will translate. The first key for the Bears D this week is stop the run.

Washington is the 3rd best rushing team in the NFC, racking up nearly 400 yards a game. They may not score many points, but they certainly can move the ball. The Bears can't afford to give RG3 confidence at home, if they hope to head to the bye week after a 2nd straight win.

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