LAKE FOREST — The mood seemed different around Halas Hall this week following the Bears’ second loss in a row compared to the previous week after the loss in Detroit.
There was plenty of disappointment for how things went vs. the Saints, and a focus on turning it around in a hurry for the Giants on Thursday.
Head coach Marc Trestman, however, said the mentality of his team has stayed steady, resembling one of the more noticeable traits of its new coach.
“Our response the last five weeks has been exactly the same by our team, in every way. If it wasn’t, I would tell you,” he said Wednesday. “From the way they came back in, the way they handled themselves in the locker room after the game. The disappointment, yet the camaraderie — and the way they came together early Monday to get ready for this game and move forward.
“They’re doing all the right things. They’re working at it.”
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said that the offense watched tape on their own to stay on track with the short rest.
“When you have a team that’s driven to get something solved or to continue to have success, there’s success in the future,” he said.
The 0-5 Giants are as desperate as it comes for a win, but no one in the Bears’ organization wants to be a part of a three-game losing streak. Trestman has maintained the “one game at a time” philosophy, which helps provide a must-win mentality each week, even though he and the team know the season is far from over with a loss.
“Does [Thursday’s game] determine our season? We know the answer to that. It doesn’t. But we certainly have a sense of urgency and a time-is-of-the-essence mentality that we want,” he said. “But we have that mentality every week. That’s the National Football League. We’ve got a long way to go.
“This is one [game] but it’s extremely important. It’s the most important game we’ll ever play because it’s the only one we’re going to get. That’s the mentality we’ve got to have.”