Trestman whiffs on chance to make point

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    Steve Rosenbloom
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    8:43 a.m. CDT, August 12, 2013

    No, Marc Trestman, wrong answer.

    You don’t say the demotion of J’Marcus Webb was part of the plan to look at other players. You say the demotion was performance-based and Webb’s performance in the opener was unacceptable.

    Now, how difficult was that?

    Besides, it has to be true. I mean, if Webb was the answer and had played well, then Trestman wouldn’t be moving him from starting right tackle to backup left tackle to try out a fifth-round draft pick.

    Jermon Bushrod isn’t getting shuffled, is he? No, because he can play. Because he can do his job. Because he wasn’t voted Most Likely To Get Jay Cutler Concussed.

    Webb has been a liability since he got here, and there he was, allowing a sack in his first game. In fact, he was beaten twice on the same play. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

    So, not much has changed after the Bears’ new administration moved Webb from left tackle to right. Say it.

    The guy didn’t perform well enough to keep his job this week. How tough would it have been for Trestman to say that?

    Instead, Trestman confused the issue with some double-talk. The rookie head coach came out of the exhibition opener saying Webb has competition at the position, but then Trestman downplayed a move that reflects that competition. Huh? What? Why?

    The rookie head coach muddled his original message for no good reason, unless Phil Emery is trying to trade him and told his coach to avoid explaining how lousy the guy is.

    It can be argued Trestman blew a chance to answer a big question about his ability to command a room. Jerry Rice raised the issue last week with CBSSports.com. He played for Trestman in San Francisco and Oakland, and had big seasons under him. But the Hall of Fame receiver questioned whether the non-confrontational Trestman could command the locker room.

    This Webbisode was scripted perfectly for proving Trestman could do it without screaming, threatening and cartoonish behavior. That’s the thing about commanding a room: Your speakers don’t have to go to Ditka’s decibel levels to make a point about expectations if you’re quick and decisive.

    I’d say demanding that players engage in a padded practice two days after a game sent a message about unacceptable performances. We’re not at Club Lovie anymore, Toto.

    Trestman didn’t say that, but he should have. He also should’ve said he demoted Webb for performance-related issues.

    Or if the plan indeed was to look at other players, then extend the thought to explain that you’re looking at options only where starters aren’t playing well enough. It’s not tough love. It’s the truth. It has to be the truth for the entire roster.

    Don’t downplay expectations. Don’t soft-pedal a right decision. That’s part of what Trestman did here, too, and that’s wrong.

    Listen, the Bears are here to play football. It’s their job. Doing a bad job isn’t acceptable. Period. Bang. Next.

    How difficult would it have been for Trestman to say that? How much more powerful and productive would that message have been for a new coach under scrutiny?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...trestman-rosenbloom-20130812,0,5328924.column
     
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    I don't think it's so wrong. What you say to a player behind a closed door is one thing, what you tell him on the practice field or in a meeting room in front of other guys may be another. But what you tell the media is definitely a different thing altogether.
     
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    This guy is not much of a writer. When did he think he became Vince Lombardi? Stick to what you do (kinda) well.
     
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    Sounds like Rosenslam was looking at how he "commands" the pressroom . And he doesn't have to do that - but alot of the members of the press are egomaniacs who think they're way more important than they really are . C'est la vie .
     
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    Rosenbloom has always been a tool. He's just an ChicagoTribune paid troll.
     
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    He's generally a tool I agree but his point about not cowing away from saying what needed to be said about Webb is well taken. Any one with half a brain knows the Webb-demotion (even if temporary) was because of good and specific reasons--ie, a crappy camp and 1st PS game performance thus far by a guy who in his 4th year should be have better expected of him. Denying the obvious doesn't fool anyone.
     
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    I disagree for the reason that we do not know what was said in meeting and one on one to Webb. It very well could be true that he told him flat out that his crap level of play cannot and will not be tolerated anymore. Who knows, but what you don't do when trying to win over a team is start calling players out to the media.
     
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    Anyone remember Webb tweeting that he won't be tweeting. The speculation at the time was that he was saying he was being benched and so therefore needed to focus more. Guess that speculation was right, and Rosenbloom is making a point that was already made one on one.

    Given all of that, why does Trestman need to keep press comments consistent with coach on player comments?
     
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    I agree completely; "Denying the obvious doesn't fool anyone", so why dis a player in public and potentially compromise the respect you are trying to assemble with the players when the obvious is clear to everyone? I understand where you are coming from MP, and the point you make is valid, as is the writers. However, there is more than one way to skin a cat and there is no "wrong" answer here. Trestman first needs to be true to his own style or sooner or later he will be seen as a fake by his team. If this is his style, then who is the writer to claim he is wrong?

    Columnists and media types love controversay, so from his perspective, I'm sure he would rather see Trestman in the light that provides him with the most ammunition for his columns. Trestman's approach provides him the least.
     
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    Ah yes, sports journalists picking apart what a GM or coach SHOULD be saying. It doesnt matter WHAT they say, all that matters is what they DO, and so long as his actions provide positive results on Sundays, thats all that really matters.
     
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