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Webb's Arrest Is Trestman's First Test

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    LAKE FOREST, IL - APRIL 26: Defensive tackle J'Marcus Webb of the Chicago Bears speaks to media during the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award ceremony at Halas Hall on April 26, 2011 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Players participated in the ceremony one day after a federal judge temporarily lifted the 45-day lockout, the NFL has already asked for a stay on the judges order. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Marc Trestman has been on the job in Chicago for roughly six weeks, and thanks to a drug charge on J'Marcus Webb, the honeymoon is over. The new coach has to deal with an arrest of a starter, and how he handles it will be his first big test.

    The Bears are moving slowly and smartly before commenting on Webb's arrest. Their statement basically said they are looking into the arrest, and nothing more. Since this is Webb's first offense, the league won't likely be too harsh on Webb.

    But as the Bears and league investigate just what happened down in southern Illinois, Trestman has to figure out how he will react. Lovie Smith was so liked and respected by his players in part because he wasn't a disciplinarian. He expected his players to act right, and for the most part, they did. This is Trestman's first chance to show how he'll treat his players.

    It's unlikely that Webb will be cut for his transgression. Again, it's his first offense and he has steadily improved as a member of the Bears line. But in the locker room and in his first meetings with the players, Trestman will get to show what kind of coach he is.