I just took the time to read, cover to cover, the Marc Trestman biography that Dan reviewed here. I am very glad that I read it. I really didn’t understand all the success that his teams had while Trestman was the offensive coordinator. When you read that book, it seems astounding that he had to wait all these years to get a head coaching job, even in the CFL.
Here’s my favorite quote (other than the one that is now up on our masthead about full violence on every play) on p70
PASSION, confidence, and a clear concise vision often are the difference between who steps up to lead and who falls back.
The all-caps in “passion” is mine. This is what I hope will distinguish Trestman from Lovie. Lovie may have had passion in private, but in public and with Bears’ fans, Lovie showed no passion.
As far as a “clear concise vision”, the only thing Lovie ever said that made any sense to me was when he said that his mission as coach was to “Beat the Packers”, which we did for a little while and then fell into a horrid rut of defeats to our bitter rivals.
When you read a bio on a guy like Trestman, who has a law degree, a consulting business, and who sold municipal bonds for 3 years between coaching jobs, you realize that it is a bit strange to be holding the “fire” next to his name when the guy is pretty accomplished coming in. What gives us the right to pre-judge him in that manner?
From our admittedly deranged viewpoint in the 17th section of the Bears’ seats (since we are up near the highest point in the stadium we are probably 17 1/2) we want Trestman to succeed more than anyone else; we are the people who’ve been watching through bitter defeat after bitter defeat for all those years. We want to see a game plan that makes sense – we want for our players to improve rather than regress as players – and we want to bring a championship back to Chicago, one of the founding franchises of the NFL.
So we really want him to win and for the best for him; we want what is best for the Bears – and we want to have an offense and a game plan that meets the realities of 21st century football. We want to have some innovation – the first since the “T Formation” as they sing during the Bears’ fight song – and we hope Trestman will bring it.
Right now is the time for optimism – Dan and I have been called “nut huggers” for Cutty but Trestman has been a bona fide QB expert in the league and a consultant called in to help top college picks prepare for the NFL draft (by their agents) – so if we can put it together and get Cutty running big then this whole thing could come together.
While it is optimistic we’ve all been optimistic before only to have our hopes crushed, most notably during the 2007 season (a season that we don’t even talk about around here). We are hoping to send that URL with “fire” in front of it back out in cyberspace where it belongs, instead of redirecting here.