Marc Trestman on His Way Out of Chicago
The Chicago Bears have been a mess in 2014, and it seems like they will end up blaming the head coach. Per reports, head coach Marc Trestman is fully expected to be fired after the regular season is over.
Chicago got off to an inspiring 2-1 start to get the season going, but has gone just 3-8 over their last 11 games. With a 31-15 home loss to the New Orleans Saints in week 15, the Chicago brass has reportedly grown impatient and will be forced into making a big decision that will change the makeup of the Bears heading into the 2015 NFL season.
With the team locked into starting quarterback Jay Cutler due to a massive new contract this past off-season, the franchise appears to have hitched their wagon to his future success. With Trestman’s offense and coaching not getting the best out of Cutler, it looks like the second-year head coach will be shown the door.
On top of a lethargic offense, Trestman has been criticized for his inability to keep his team in control and players in check. While Trestman is not a defensive-minded coach, he also hasn’t been able to aid the team in returning to an elite defensive squad. The Bears have been among the worst defenses in the league under Trestman’s tenure and will finish under .500 a year after going just 8-8 in Trestman’s rookie season as a head coach.
All of Chicago’s issues certainly can’t be blamed on Trestman, but considering he is an offensive mind, not being able to get Cutler or the offense going certainly is an eyebrow raiser.
Chicago should make the Trestman firing official after week 17 and will then proceed to try to land a coach that can guide the team with better balance and leadership. In turn, the firing of Trestman could potentially also mark the end of GM Phil Emery. With the franchise apparently standing behind Cutler, the team will need to hire someone that both wants to coach Cutler and can also convince them they can win with Cutler.
For now, Chicago’s playoff hopes look bleak for 2015. They had promise coming into this season, but with a shaky offense and a non-existent defense, Bears fans probably will have to wait a while until their team is back in the mix of a competitive NFC.
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