Fortunately, though, he didn’t suffer any structural damage and only needed a few weeks to rehab back to full strength. It may have even been a blessing in disguise, allowing him to spend more time around the facility and giving him a chance to get to know the new coaching staff.
“If you look back and look what Green Bay did, obviously they did a tremendous job of spreading the ball out,” Bess said. “We have the personnel to be explosive, to be exciting.”
The installation of the West Coast offense should definitely give Bess, who had a career-low 51 receptions last season, a chance to have a major jump in production. While he’s excited about the opportunities that the new offense could deliver, Bess said that he senses the new coaching staff’s impact will go beyond just strategy.
“I’ve been watching (film), licking my chops,” Bess said. “I’m excited not only by what we’re doing on offense, but just as a team. The way the coaches are bringing everybody together, I believe we are making the right moves to be contenders.”
Since he was hired, Joe Philbin has stressed it’s important that he be a good teacher. After spending some time with both he and Mike Sherman, Bess thinks the teacher label won’t have a hard time catching on.
“Very intelligent guys, they know the game, ” Bess said. “I think that’s one of the biggest advantages we have, and we’re going to benefit just knowing the game a lot more, studying and being better listeners.”
With a lot of uncertainty heading into the season, in part because of a new coaching staff and new systems, there may not be a lot of external expectations for the team.
“We’ve got to believe,” Bess said. “There’s a lot of doubters out there, but as long as the 53 men come opening day believe, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
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