Four downs with Ditka
BY MIKE DITKA April 20, 2013 12:52AM
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:33AM
1. The common theme so far for Marc Trestman at minicamp has been work fast — get in and out of the huddle quickly, move swiftly through drills. Do you like it?
I love it. I think it’s the best thing you can do. You don’t give the defense a chance to get set. I think keeping an up tempo is the best thing you can do.
2. How important is it for a new coach, such as Trestman, to set the tone at minicamp?
It’s not about setting the tone; it’s about doing things his way. The players have to understand there’s a way he’s going to do things, and that’s it. It might be different than the other guy, but he’s got to do things his way. You can’t go and do it somebody else’s way or you get in trouble. So if he’s going to be stern or whatever he’s going to be, it has to be his way. I think the players will respond to it because I think the Bears want to win and they want to give him a chance to win.
3. Now that he’s no longer a receiver and can concentrate solely on kickoffs and punts, do you think Devin Hester will return to being an elite returner?
Absolutely. You know, that takes a lot of heart to return kicks. You have to be fearless because when those guys are coming down the field at you, you can get rocked pretty good. Yeah, I think he can. He’s got great speed, he has good moves and he’s a tough kid.
4. After the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, can we ever feel safe again at a sporting event?
Yeah, I think we can. You know, there are a lot of weirdos in the world, but you can’t count on that happening. It shows you how fragile everything is.