We are now entering what I like to call the “real off-season,” where there is very little, if any, real news to talk about in the NFL. With all of the big trades, draft day, and free agent signings over with, I want to turn our attention to our new Head Coach, Marc Trestman.
I can’t explain how impressed I am with the amount of respect a lot of players and coaches have given Marc Trestman. A lot of fans still have this “Canadian Football Coach” in their head but in all honesty, that’s not who Trestman is. Players and coaches label him as meticulous, determined, and a teacher.
I was always impressed with Lovie Smith’s ability to remain calm, even when the waves were rocking his boat. But I never really saw any emotion from Lovie that made me believe the Bears were going to win or that he had a grand plan in place. The players did but I never saw it with Lovie.
In fact, here’s some quotes from Jim Harbaugh, Jerry Rice, and Jon Gruden on Marc Trestman…
“I think he’s like Bill Walsh, because he’s one those guys that you want to go out and lay it on the line for. He is totally committed, and players are to want to play for a guy like that.” – Jerry Rice
“I think he is one the most creative minds in football, and he probably isn’t getting enough credit for what he has done as an offensive strategist in the NFL” – Jon Gruden
“He taught me everything. We use his system still of calling plays and the way he taught us those concepts and techniques. I’ve used (those) since I coached with the Raiders, the University of San Diego, Stanford and the 49ers.”- Jim Harbaugh
Aaron Kromer has produced some solid offensive linemen while he was in New Orleans. As the Saints offensive line coach, Kromer’s offensive lines have only allowed 96 sacks in four seasons. The Bears offensive line? They have given up 184 sacks in four seasons. Hence, having Trestman and Kromer bodes well for Chicago Bears’ quarterback, Jay Cutler. However, Cutler’s not the only one I believe who will benefit from Kromer and Trestman.
Let’s see how many of you remember a running back named, Charlie Garner. I bet very few. Under Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer in Oakland for three seasons, running back Charlie Garner averaged 70 receptions and 635 receiving yards. In 2002 alone, Garner had 91 receptions and 941 receiving yards. I think you see where I’m going with this.
I don’t know what happened to Matt Forte last year. I was one of the few that thought adding wide receiver Brandon Marshall would open up running lanes but that didn’t happen. The offensive line was horrible but I wonder how much of it comes back onto Mike Tice. Anyway, Forte should feel really happy about his new coaches and what they can help him achieve. Not only should Forte be happy about the coaches but the players the Bears have added on the offensive line and tight end position.
I really believe a lot of Bears fans are going to love what tight end, Martellus Bennett, brings to the table and I’m just talking about his blocking abilities. Before you start to wonder if he can catch, trust me, he has pretty good hands for a tight end that can block defensive ends and linebackers at will. In the end, I don’t think Martellus Bennett will be remembered for putting up gaudy numbers but I believe he will be remembered for helping keep Cutler upright and making holes for Forte to dash through.
Overall, you have to be impressed with the surrounding cast of coaches and players on the offensive side of the ball. To be honest, you have to be thinking deep down, could it be that after years of mediocre offenses, could this be the year it all comes together? My thoughts? It’s one hell of a start.