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The last time Marc Trestman coached in the NFL was almost nine years ago, for one season with the Miami Dolphins. He has spent the past five years with the franchise known for churning out dozens of coaching legends that dominate the NFL. You know the franchise: the Montreal Alouettes.
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So he's been away from the NFL for almost a decade. He has coached in an inferior football system for the past five years in a country more known for hockey and syrup than football. And he's the hire for the Chicago Bears? Wow.
It's absolutely stunning that an NFL team would hire Trestman. Anyone can rack up huge offensive numbers coaching in Canada. They don't play defense, and the field is 700 yards wide. Anyone can coach a team to a Grey Cup. My grandma could coach in the Grey Cup. In fact, I'm pretty sure my grandma has coached in the Grey Cup. Don't get me wrong. I love the CFL. I love Canada. I LOVE CANADA! I just don't believe someone who has been coaching there for five years and out of the NFL for almost twice that time is a solid NFL head coaching hire.
The Bears hired Trestman thinking he can fix Jay Cutler when Cutler is unfixable. Cutler always will be up and down -- great one minute, throwing multiple picks the next. Nothing is going to change that. Cutler never will be an elite thrower because his head isn't screwed on right. Unless Trestman is a therapist or hypnotist Cutler will be Cutler.
Cutler is a coach killer, and Trestman is next up on the chopping block.
That's a stellar lineup. What, no Ryan Leaf?
Steve Young says he worked with Trestman in the mid-1990s, and Young called him a brilliant offensive mind. That's quite an endorsement, but Young probably was being more polite than anything. If Trestman is so brilliant, why was the Montreal Alouettes' gig the only head coaching job he was offered before the Bears hired him?
And again, he worked with Young in the 1990s. In the NFL universe, that was eons ago. That was the Pleistocene Age.
Where Trestman can prove me wrong is if he follows the Marv Levy career path. Levy spent four years coaching the Alouettes before becoming the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. But then again, Levy is one of the more brilliant coaching minds in NFL history, and he was still eventually fired by the Chiefs.
This Bears hire isn't only risky. It's head-shaking, and not in a good way.