Thursday, January 17, 2013
Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo!
I can hear Bob and Doug McKenzie, of Strange Brew/SCTV fame, chanting that right now as one of their adopted sons in the Great White North has just accepted the coaching position with the Chicago Bears.
You have made a run for the border once again, Marc Trestman. Say goodbye to the extra large field of Canadian Football League and hello to the National Football League.
The Bears took the long road to finding a replacement to the fired Lovie Smith. They seemed to be taking the American Idol approach and just having everyone come in for an audition and then decide if they were worthy of going through to the next round.
I have to give Phil Emery credit. He was obviously thorough in his search. I have to admit my confidence in him was waining when the list crept over to 13 and it didn't look like he had a clue what he was doing.
Marc Trestman fits the bill. He has worked with a long list of quarterbacks ranging from Steve Young, Rich Gannon (MVP with him in 2001), to Jay Cutler coming out of college.
Trestman is known as a "Quarterback Guru", pictured below.
This is what this team needs. I have written before that Jay Cutler is the best qb the Bears have had in ages. I realize he has his faults but with the amount of chaos he has endured over the past three seasons he needs someone on his side and with knowledge of the position that has been lacking in Halas Hall.
Cutler was asked about his feelings on the hire and his experience when working with him before his draft year and he was quoted as saying, "you could just tell how knowledgeable he was about the quarterback position and offense in general...It's a great hire. I couldn't be more excited. He's been successful wherever he's been..."
There aren't to many more exciting offenses in the NFL than what the Saints have been able to produce with their pass happy scheme.
Brandon Marshall should be salivating at the chance of catching more passes this next season. However, I actually hope he has less catches and yards only because it means someone else has emerged as a viable target for Cutler. Maybe Alshon Jeffrey? Just as long as he learns to no push off on defensive backs to create space.
The Bears upper management have clearly sent a message to the entire team they wanted change in the Windy City.
If Trestman can convince Rod Marinelli to stay as defensive coordinator and have some continuity with the current defensive roster then it could bode well for them going forward.
You put your focus on bringing in an offensive mind and you don't want to lose sight of the defensive side of the ball. You don't want to patch a hole and then create another one in the process.
He will want to build up the offense into what all Bears fans envision it to be. He will also want to build upon the current veteran defensive players who have been carrying this team for years.
What you want is a balance on your team and not have one aspect that overshadows the other. This is why Lovie lost his job and Marc now has his first NFL head coaching gig.
Trestman has made his living in the CFL since 2008 and has guided the Montreal Allouettes to three Grey Cups with wins in 2009 and 2010. He was awarded CFL coach of the year in 2009.
He obviously has shown an ability to be successful in his endeavors. There have been some former players (wide receivers) who have been vocal in their negative experiences with him as a coach. Former player Tim Brown, while with the Oakland Raiders, was vocal in that he didn't feel Trestman was head coach material in so many words.
I don't put much stock in his ramblings, as he was still productive, played along side Jerry Rice added to their offense that year, and they made it to the Super Bowl as one of the best offenses that year with QB Rich Gannon, under Trestmans tutelage, won MVP honors. Wideouts have egos larger than anyone and when they don't get the ball ALL THE TIME they complain and whine.
See Terrell Owens, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, and especially former player and author of Just Give me the damn ball, Keyshawn Johnson, pictured at left.
Trestman has worked with NFL teams in the past and has a well documented career of success.
I think the meticulous nature of Phil Emery's interview process should pay dividends in the Bears not to distant future.
So as Bob and Doug McKenzie would say to any of his doubters out there...
"Take off, you hoser!"
And to the Chicago Bears nation of followers...
Posted by WGCY Newsroom at 12:05 AM