I'm excited about this hire.
I am a little weary, but in the end we needed to get rid of Lovie. We DON'T need help on defense.
We need offense. We have the players with no one to use them.
I'm tired of being out coached on offense. Game ON PACKERS, you SUCK!
See twice next year, and once in the playoffs (pending you make it). :laughing-019:
Marc is set up for success next year. We need only a little tweaking and we can compete.
Speaking as a fan of the Montreal Alouettes (and now newly minted Bears fan), having seen Trestman coach for five years in the CFL I can tell you that you're getting a great head coach. He's known as an offensive guru but what doesn't often get mentioned is that he is a great evaluator of talent. When he first came to Montreal he identified two areas that the team needed to improve, the offensive and defensive lines, and in his first year the offensive line allowed to fewest sacks in the league despite having the QB with the most passing yards and the defensive line was getting a lot of pressure with a 4 man front. He elevated the level of coaching required to succeed in the CFL with how he prepared for games and how he planned out games. Much has already been said about how he will help Cuttler and I dont doubt that he will after seeing what he did with what appeared to be an aging and tired Calvillo.
I've never been a huge NFL fan in the past but now Im really looking forward to the upcoming season watching a Trestman led bears team
Us Bears fans are going to be in shock with Trestman. The thought of a head coach being capable of calling offensive plays while winning championships is totally alien to us. Our previous coach couldn't even master throwing a red challenge flag. His teams repeatedly failed to get plays in to the QB on time. Our offenses were embarrassing to watch (we wondered sometimes if his headset was even plugged in to anything other than music).
We're also going to be in shock over having a head coach who is solid at evaluating player talent. Our #1 WR's have been train wrecks prior to Emery getting here & bringing in Brandon Marshall. Our "stud" before was Hester (we just kept getting told about how awesome he would be each year).
We will be in shock over having a guy who can build a great offensive line. Our guys are turnstiles (and one is legendary for eating junk food in massive amounts).
We are in shock after that press conference. We're not used to hearing coherent, intelligent answers to questions. Hearing anything beyond "we like our chances" and "the sun is still going to come up in the morning" and "there is still a lot of football left to play" -- and hearing from a guy who has some fire in his gut about winning football -- well, it's just all alien to us.
Man, I'm thrilled Trestman is here. He's like a breath of fresh air.
Other Trestman attributes are his adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to learn. The CFL regularly chews up and spits out rookie coaches who arrive from down south with zero CFL credentials. When Trestman was hired by the Als, I thought, "Here they go again, bringing in another one season wonder from the NFL." But after listening to the man, listening about his willingness to learn and adapt to the CFL game, I had to park my scepticism. Of course, he went on to become anything but a one season wonder.
As been said earlier, he' a great judge of talent and going along going that, a great developer of talent. CLF HCs have a bigger talent problem than NFL HCs as they have to staff 19 positions with Canadians, many who come out of the Canadian collegiate system (CIS) with an abundance of athleticism, but sorely lacking in football experience. A CFL HC has to judge which one of these kids is going to be capable of playing at the pro level, and then be willing to invest the time in his development. He also had the additional challenge of finding quality Quebec talent from a small pool, so that his team had a local flavour. He did an excellent job on both scores. I can only imagine how well he'll do with the vastly larger talent pool in the States.
I love to hear Trestman has those attributes. This is the exact opposite from our past coach. He moved at glacial slow speed when it came to change or adaptability. It was all about pounding the square peg into the round hole until it splintered and broke. I got so tired of it. We never learned from failures. We never evolved. We never adapted (especially in games). We were the most predictable offense you've ever seen. Our 1 trick pony play was Cutler to Marshall, with the occasional run of Forte up the middle. With the obligatory sacks and near-dismemberment of Cutler thrown in.
here's a good read on the new HC...
Fascinating insight into new Bears coach Marc Trestman - Inside the Bears
Here's a couple of paragraphs that impressed me. Can't wait for training camp. No more mixed up disorganized practices...
"And his practices. I've covered pro sports for 33 years. I've never seen practices so well organized, so drilled. Not a minute was wasted. I've seen practices in football, hockey and soccer, you name it. I've never seen that. It was like they were practicing their practices before we could see their practice. To the most extreme detail, he will be very thorough.
"He really figured out the subtleties of Canadian football, where you can have movement before the snap. As a play-by-play guy, he was really making my life miserable because one minute I look at S.J. Green on the right side, and whoops he was hooking to the left, while [Jamel] Richardson was doing the opposite. You know those guys in New York City, who play with the nuts and shells, where you try to figure out where is the nut under the shell. That was basically the offense that Trestman was putting on the field. When he arrived five years ago, he was really taking full advantage of the motion prior to the snap that is allowed in the CFL. It became a trend and now everybody is doing it. He was really putting it to the max with complexity. Now, he has to adapt to the NFL rules, which are a bit different. But I think you can envision a strong passing game, especially with NFL going more aerial than in the past.