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Marc Trestman shakes up the Bears’ locker room
Like everyone else on the Bears, offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb walked into the team’s locker room at Halas Hall on Tuesday and found a new stall and saw that he had new neighbors.
“I’m actually sitting next to [defensive back] Zack Bowman and [defensive end] Corey Wootton,” Webb said. “I guess it was like defense, offense, defense, offense. It was definitely weird.”
What’s going on?
“This way the team, we’ll all get acclimated together,” Webb said. “And, we’ll have a great time doing it.”
That’s exactly it.
Offensive and defensive players are no longer separated in position “segments” as new Bears coach Marc Trestman put it. Instead, they’ve been arranged with the goal of creating unity under a new coaching staff and after the departure of their unquestioned leader, linebacker Brian Urlacher.
“The locker room was set up in a way that segments were together,” Trestman told the Bears’ website. “We’ve all been in places like that. I just see our segments being together in meetings all the time and I want the guys to have an opportunity to get to know their teammates a little bit better. So it was basically just throw them all in a hat and pull them out and see what showed up.”
This isn’t a new thing by any means. The Philadelphia Eagles, for example, just did the same thing under their new coach, Chip Kelly.
The Bears have plenty of new players to integrate into their mix, notably tight end Martellus Bennett, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams.
“Guys are going to have opportunities to engage in conversations and get to know guys that they may not know very well,” Trestman said. “And the better you get to know each other, the better you understand the makeup of the people that you’re working with and develop the relationships that will be ongoing and strong.”
Does Webb have any issues sitting next to a player in Wootton, whom he will battling in practice?
“Well, you know sitting next to Corey, we’re going be looking at each other,” Webb said with a smile. “He’s going to be crying some days. And I’m going to be smiling most of the time so I guess it was a good move.”