Welcome Coach Trestman: Now Save Jay and Make the Playoffs!

Thankfully Lovie Smith is gone. Let's welcome someone who can get this team winning big games again...and save Jay Cutler!

The Chicago Bears named Marc Trestman coach this week.

The more I think about it, the more I like this hire.

The NFL has changed in the last ten years.  It is no longer a league predicated on stifling defense, although having one helps considerably.  The league now demands scoring at a high clip.  The four remaining teams in the playoffs, the Ravens, Patriots, 49ers and Falcons are all capable of putting up 30+ points and 500+ yards per game easily. They put the ball in the air.  They pass to set up the run. Defense is almost an afterthought.  Scoring is the new fashion. 

With all respect to Lovie Smith, he never understood this change.  His mantra was takeaways, and having the defense score points, maybe get a special teams score, while hoping the offense didn't turn the ball over and cost the Beloved the game.  It's an archaic philosophy where everything has to go right for the team to win, and for the Bears to make the playoffs.  Very little went right the last few years.  His idiotic way of looking at the season in quarters was just dumb.  I am glad he and his condescending ways have left town.  By the way, if any of you are apologists for Lovie, did he get another head coaching job?  I hear crickets...

GM Phil Emery made the correct decision to part company with Smith this offseason.  After careful searching, he settled on Marc Trestman.  Trestman has had success in the Canadian Football League.  That's great.  But what catches my eye is that he is a quarterback guru who gets the best out of every QB he coaches.  He got maximum results from not only stars like Steve Young, but also Rich Gannon, who had his career years after being a journeyman before Trestman.  He helped make Bernie Kosar a serviceable quarterback.  

Trestman's latest, and most important job, is to save Jay Cutler.

Point blank, Cutler was viewed as being a franchise quarterback when the Bears traded for him four years ago.  While being the best QB in my lifetime for the Bears, at least talent-wise, he has been a disappointment.  Middling numbers.  Mind-boggling sour puss.  Appearing to be uncoachable.  Whining to get the guys he wants around him (Jeremy Bates) and then still not getting results.  If you watch the NFL, you know a QB goes through his progressions and makes snap decisions.  Jay's only decision is to find Brandon Marshall and ignore every other receiver.  That's not a progression.  That's madness, even though Marshall is a stud, and the best receiver the Bears have ever had in their history. Someone needs to tell Cutler "NO." Now.  You don't get what you want anymore.  As my astute brother Ryan cays of Cutler, "you don't get the keys to the Cadillac just because you have a good arm."

If Trestman can teach Cutler, while Emery finds some linemen who can keep him off his back, also adding a quality wide receiver, the Bears can make it back to the playoffs in Trestman's first year. Imagine a dream scenario where Emery is able to add Mike Wallace at wide receiver and Jake Long at tackle...ah, Jake Long...probably a pipe dream, but a fool can dream, can't he? 

I'd like to see a changed Cutler.  He's 30 now.  He's a dad.  Maybe there will be a maturation process.  I am going on a limb here: his physical talent would put him in the top ten of NFL quarterbacks.  I really believe that.  He needs work on his mechanics.  He needs more work on his head.  But he could blow people away if he figures it out.  I don't know if he will.  But this is also a contract year...what better time to realize some humility and maturity, grow up, get coached, and throw for 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns?  Why not?  What he's doing is not good enough, and with his talent, he shouldn't accept a middling performance.  It's depressing.  He simply has to be better. 

There will be changes.  The new regime should part company with Brian Urlacher.  He has clearly lost a step and his competitive fire has changed...he also didn't do himself any favors when he bashed fans for booing, which is their right, quite honestly, especially when you're 7-1 and MISS the playoffs.  There are still good pieces for the defense in Peanut Tillman, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers and a year under the belt of Shea McClellin.  This team can win...if Trestman can reach Cutler. 

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Mike Carter January 22, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Jim, great thoughts on the subject. I agree. Not much good will happen if Emery doesn't work very well and quickly to rebuild an aging roster. Angelo was a terrible drafter...you and I together would have done a better job! Thanks for reading my post!
Natalie Stevens January 22, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Well said! I am hopeful that Trestman can kick Cutler into top-form and we can start to finally have an offense that doesn't rely on Forte (especially when he's injured and out!) and some crazy catches. With a Marshall/Cutler team under a head coach that wants to see Cutler succeed, I'm looking forward to next year.
Dave Ruggles January 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I don't think you can have that type of success without rebuilding the O line. Look at San Fran, best O line this year. And when you look at the Falcons and Pats, they had some of the best too. The Ravens' Yanda certainly helped get them where they are. All the Running Backs and Quarter Backs don't matter if you can't open the gaps and give the receivers time to beat the coverage. With a new OC we need a new Offensive line coach and a real commitment to developing talent there.
Michael Keating January 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I hope Trestman has success with Da Bears (aren't many bigger Bears fans than yours truly !). But I am a little surprised that we didn't go after any former NFL head coaches. I figure this team has a couple of years left before the window on this group starts to close, so to (apparently) only look at guys who have not been former NFL head coaches is a little surprising to me. One name that never came up, that I thought would've been interesting was Brian Billick. He's had success with teams with good defenses even though his background was offense, knows the division, and knows Da Bears having done many of their games the past few years. It looks like Gruden & Cowher are too comfortable now behind the mike, but I thought Billick would have been an interesting hire. And, funny as this may seem, Billick may have kept Tice & Marinelli, which I actually think would have been a good move. Good luck Coach Trestman !
Mike Carter January 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Michael, I agree with you. I think the window is closing more quickly than most fans think. I thought about Billick as well...interesting name. I always thought he had a great mind for offense and did a nice job years ago. He must have rubbed NFL people the wrong way with his personality. I would think he would be mentioned more for head coaching vacancie. No way Gruden and Cowher give up those cushy gigs unless they get total control over players and personnel. Thanks for reading my blog!


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