Seifert: "Say this much: Phil Emery is bold" (great read)
I really like what I'm seeing from Emery.
LINK to the article Say this much: Phil Emery is bold
Let's quickly summarize Phil Emery's first 11 1/2 months as the Chicago Bears' general manager:
The English language offers us plenty of words to describe Emery's tenure. I'll choose "bold." Emery was a longtime scout and spent time as a conditioning coach at the Naval Academy, but he has shed all stereotypes that go along with that background. Anyone who thought he would take a cautious, by-the-book approach, has been proved wrong.
- For the modest sum of two third-round draft picks, Emery acquired one of the NFL's best and most enigmatic wide receivers. Brandon Marshall rewarded the decision with a career year and last weekend was named a first-team All-Pro.
- He fired coach Lovie Smith after a 10-6 season, unconcerned about the level of difficulty in finding a coach better than the one who built an 81-63 regular-season record in nine seasons.
- As Smith's replacement, Emeryhired a one-time NFL wunderkindwho has been out of the league for eight years and coaching in the CFL for five. As we discussed earlier, Marc Trestman is a courageous choice who will either be a monstrous home run or a fall-on-your-face strikeout.
Emery has certainly displayed the work ethic of a career grinder, interviewing at least 13 candidates in two weeks and stunning them with his preparation and thorough approach. Asked in a news conference earlier this month about the Bears' offensive line, he spoke for about 10 minutes and used nearly 2,500 words to explain why he didn't sign or draft additional depth.
His thought process, however, can clearly take alternative paths. I've talked to some NFL people who have been predicting a Trestman-like hire for Emery. They have suggested he is much more aggressive than people realize, completely secure in his informed judgments and totally unconcerned about initial public reaction. Based on what we know about Emery and Trestman, it's quite possible that the Bears' new power duo connected on a professorial level that matched their unique personalities.
What it also speaks to, I think, is an approach I first heard voiced by former Minnesota Vikingscoach Brad Childress. (And no, there are no further comparisons to be made here.) Shortly after he was hired in 2006, Childress said he would make all important decisions with the idea that he was unlikely to get a second chance if he failed. If he was going to go down, Childress wanted to go down knowing he had done what he thought was right.
Emery is following a similar approach. Chances are that this is the one an only general manager job he'll ever have. Recycled general managers in the NFL are rare. His decisions and moves haven't always been predictable, but they are ones he has clear conviction on. Emery isn't looking to extend his time on the job with safe decisions. He's trying to do his job and is willing to reach out of the box to do so.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 01-16-2013 at 12:12 PM.
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He's definitely a man of action, and so far, I love it.
I don't see him being so stubborn to make any needed changes in the future. If something needs fixed, he will address it.
LINK to the article Marc Trestman hire: Outsmarting the rest?
In the middle of a cold January night, the Chicago Bears hit a brilliant home run. Either that, or they struck out wildly. I just don't see much gray area in their decision to hire Marc Trestman as their next head coach, a man who was once a hot coaching candidate but was so thoroughly rejected by NFL teams that he fled to the CFL five years ago.
The Bears were so excited about hiring Trestman as their next head coach that they announced it in a press release issued at 4:07 a.m. local time. His arrival is either a stroke of genius for general manager Phil Emery, who clearly sought an offensive guru for this role, or a classic case of overthinking a process in hopes of finding the perfect candidate in an imperfect world.
There was a time when Trestman was the Mike McCoy of the NFL -- the league's top young offensive assistant with an impressive résumé of success who seemed destined for a head coach's job. That time, quite frankly, was more than two decades ago and predates the teen years of most players on the Bears' roster.
Trestman's offenses were explosive and innovative and loved by the quarterbacks who ran them. In recent days, some of those quarterbacks have advanced the cause of a coach they feel was unfairly passed over. We've heard from Rich Gannon and Steve Young, among others. They've spoken of Trestman's work with them, along with his success in developing a long list of other quarterbacks that include Bernie Kosar, Jake Plummer and Scott Mitchell. And Trestman's biggest benefactor might be former Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant, who hired him with the Minnesota Vikingsin the mid-1980s.
You would be excused for a double-take after reading those names. Grant retired for good in 1985. Kosar has been out of the NFL for 17 years. Young's last season with Trestman was 1996. Mitchell last played in 2001. Today's NFL players probably view Gannon, the league's MVP in 2002, as a television analyst more than a contemporary.
In an industry in which teams are always looking for the next great head coach, Trestman was passed over repeatedly and without fail. His NFL success dates back to a long-gone era in a fast-moving league.
So in my view, Emery has either plucked a savant with exceptional ability to adapt over time or he has hired a relic based on a profile -- smart, innovative with head-coaching success -- whose window closed a long time ago. As we noted earlier this week, men of Trestman's age (57) almost never get a chance to be a first-time NFL head coach. Fair or not, general managers and owners value recent success and surely connect it to understanding the latest trends in the league.
Trestman's run as an NFL assistant began in 1985 -- when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 2 years old -- and ended around 2002. His last NFL job, before he returned to the college ranks and later moved to the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, was in 2004. Eight years is a long time to be away from the day-to-day workings of an industry.
To be clear, that alone doesn't make Trestman a bad hire or even over the hill. It means he is unique relative to the way NFL teams have typically done business in recent years, and it's why I think his chances to be a brutal strikeout are just as high as the possibility that he is a monster home run.
Living in Minnesota for the past 13 years, I can't tell you how many people I've heard speak reverentially about Trestman, a native of the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park who played at the University of Minnesota. Those people range from Grant to Gannon to people Trestman went to high school with. They all believe he is a brilliant offensive strategist and quarterback guru, one whose professorial and quiet demeanor perhaps clouded the view of NFL teams who questioned his ability to command a room and lead an entire team. His name has been championed for every head-coach opening the Vikings and the University of Minnesota have had since I've lived here, and yet he has never received serious interest.
In terms of profile, Trestman fits everything you would imagine a general manager such as Emery would want. He has previous success in developing quarterbacks and has the capacity to elevate Cutler's game if the quarterback buys in. His ego is small enough, by all accounts, to trust the front office with all personnel moves. He was humble enough to take a CFL job and good enough to win two Grey Cups in the process.
But any skepticism is completely understandable. That previous NFL success is in many cases decades old, with schemes whose popularity have waned and with quarterbacks who haven't played in a long time. His success in Canada is better than the alternative, but the CFL is undeniably a different game at a lower level of competition with players of dissimilar mindsets than those in the NFL.
Without question, hiring Marc Trestman was a courageous decision. There are plenty of people who consider it brilliant and decades in the making. The bottom line, however, is that most of the NFL rendered its judgment on him -- right or wrong, fair or otherwise -- a long time ago. Are the Bears smarter than everyone else? We'll soon find out.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 01-16-2013 at 12:25 PM.
Great article. Well, the quarter has been put in the machine and the ride has started. We won't know the answer to whether Trestman was a genius or a bust move for a little while. It is definitely a high risk-high reward type move. The thing is that Emery had the opportunity to hire Arien and passed because he thought Trestman was better. Right now, Emery has shown me that he IS smarter than anyone we have had here before, so I hope that this is just a continuing trend that he was bold enough to to what is right no matter what any one thinks.
Originally Posted by JustAnotherBearsFan99
Exactly. BIH, I was so tired of mediocrity. I would rather take chances at excellence, than to have Emery choose safe mediocrity. There have been so many seasons where the Bears just put a mediocre product on the field, and knew that they'd still make plenty of money, and Soldier Field would sell out, no matter how bad the teams were. I've watched this for over 50 seasons now.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
Emery is willing to put it all on the line and go for excellence. If he "hits" on this HC pick, we could have years and years of great, championship level football. If he misses, then I figure the guy had the guts to try. I appreciate that.
I don't care if the guy comes from the CFL or off the back of a box top. If the guy can coach, has a extensive resume, and can stand up to Phil's exacting standards I don't think it's a "reach" but a well thought out decision. Right or wrong it appeared to be a most extensive process. Something sorely lacking over the past few seasons.
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
yep. I couldn't care less about the CFL connection. I want to see what the guy can do. Bottom line. He can look goofy, wear a baseball cap and wear three of those eyeglass holders at the same time for all I care. Bring us a REAL dynamic passing game and I'll be happy. Oh.... and get rid of Drake
Originally Posted by short faced bear
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Anyone else getting the impression that, within his first year, Emery was facepalming and mumbling to himself "this organization is jacked up! I'm gonna start things over."
I just hope they apply the same level of reorganization to the talent that gets on the field. We should all expect less than optimum results; known players are going to be hard to come by (FA money, little trade bait, being resigned) and draft picks are always a crapshoot.
All I want to see is consistent upgrading whenever possible.
And Webb working the other side of the counter at McDonalds.
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Absolutely 100% correct.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
Successful people and Champions are not built by making safe decisions. You can't make dumb choices, but safe is for "Mr. Average".
The Greatest form of revenge is MASSIVE success.
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If there were any questions as to Emery's view of Cutler...
This might be insightful:
Emery turned to Cutler for input on finalists
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler expressed a reluctance to be involved early on in the team's search for a new head coach, but once general manager Phil Emery whittled to the finalists, he asked the Chicago Bears quarterback to sit down with the candidates.
Although Emery took input from Cutler, the general manager made it clear Wednesday that a negative review from the quarterback wouldn't have affected his final decision to hire former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, who won the job over finalists Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle's Darrell Bevell.
"What I asked Jay was to do four things for me," Emery explained.
Emery wanted Cutler to meet with each of the three candidates and keep a keen eye on four things: Communication, poise and presence, the ability to articulate systems of offense, defense and special teams, and leadership before reporting back to the general manager with what he observed.
So Cutler met with Trestman, in addition to sitting down Arians and Bevell.
"I talked to all three of them. Phil asked me to. He wanted a player's perspective," Cutler told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I don't think there was anything I told him that had a bearing on who (Emery selected). He just wanted to get as much information as possible, and I think he did the process right. He did a great job of going through the process talking to a lot of guys."
Cutler explained that Emery "never put me in that position" of having to decide who he liked more between the candidates. Instead Emery "basically just wanted to know if as a player (the candidate) could get in front of the team and lead us, and if guys would respect him. That was all he really wanted to know," Cutler said, adding that "I respect him for asking me as a player, and not putting me in a position to say who I liked better."
Had Cutler done that, it wouldn't have mattered, according to Emery, "because we only talked about those four areas," he said.
"(Cutler) didn't rank anybody. He sat there, told me about those four areas, thanked me for being involved in the process, and that was the end of it," Emery said. "I definitely took his input, but he didn't grade anybody, and he didn't rank anybody."
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