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Associated Press, Published September 08 2013

Ex-Dragons QB wins NFL head coaching debut with Bears

CHICAGO – Sluggish for most of the afternoon, the Chicago Bears found their rhythm in time to make Marc Trestman a winner in his debut.

Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping the Bears rally for a 24-21 victory over the sloppy Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and giving Trestman, who formerly played quarterback for Minnesota State University Moorhead, a victory in his first game as an NFL head coach.

It wasn’t quite the display the Bears were looking for after making some big changes in the offseason. But they made the most of a handful of big plays by Cutler and repeated mistakes by the Bengals.

“I think it tested us and our backbone because it didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, certainly, in the first half,” said Trestman, who coached in the CFL the past five seasons. “But the guys hung in there together, at halftime pulled themselves together and the team went out and played every play and were able to come out on top.”

Gus Bradley era

starts with a defeat

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Andy Reid era opened with a resounding victory. Gus Bradley’s tenure started with a lopsided loss.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw two early touchdown passes, Kansas City’s defense dominated all day and the Chiefs handled the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2 on Sunday.

Jacksonville advanced past its own 36-yard line just once, a stunning display of offensive futility for the rebuilding franchise. The Jaguars finished with 178 yards, but for most of the game, challenged the team low of 117 yards set last year against Houston.

It wasn’t even close to the start Bradley, who was formerly defensive coordinator for North Dakota State, wanted, but it was a clear indication of how far the team has to go.

“Sometimes it takes time to find out our identity,” Bradley said. “I know as a staff we’re going to dig deep to find out the things that we do best and we’ll emphasize those.”

The most telling sign for Jacksonville: Bryan Anger set a franchise record with 11 punts.