LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Fans watching the Chicago Bears this season won’t see "C's" stitched on the jerseys of the club’s captains because coach Marc Trestman declined to name any for 2014.
Instead, Trestman plans to elect new captains every week on a game-by-game basis with input from the coaching staff.
"We’re gonna have game captains this year," Trestman said. "We’re not gonna elect. We’re gonna do it game by game, and I’ll make that announcement to the team in the morning, who the first game captains are going to be."
The Bears named five captains to start last season: Jay Cutler, Roberto Garza, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Patrick Mannelly. Each wore a special patch on his jersey as part of an NFL initiative to emphasize the role of captain. The Bears had named captains for seven consecutive years prior to this season.
"We’ve got a lot of guys deserving," Trestman explained. "There are influential leaders in our locker room that go beyond five guys, and I just didn’t want to put our team in position. I want to have the opportunity to recognize other guys on the team for game captains. That’s not new to the league. Other teams do that as well. There won’t be any patches because we won’t have any. What I’m hoping to do -- and we’ll see where we are at the end of the year -- but during the regular season we’ll have game captains."