The Chicago Bears weren't afraid to think outside the box when they hired coach Marc Trestman.
They stretched boundaries. They hopped the border.
They lured him back to the NFL from Canada with the hope that he could connect with quarterback Jay Cutler and inject some life into a stagnant offense while leading the Bears to the playoffs after they missed out for the fifth time in six seasons despite 10 wins.
It's no small task, particularly for someone with no head coaching experience in the league. Then again, he had success in the CFL the past five years, leading the Montreal Alouettes to back-to-back championships, and he has a history of success with quarterbacks.
A defense that consistently ranked among the best the past few years will largely remain untouched under new coordinator Mel Tucker. But on the other side, it's a different story.
The Bears are running the West Coast offense, and so far, new tight end Martellus Bennett likes what he sees from his coach.
''I think ...