Bears Import Offense From Canada

Having missing the playoffs for two straight years, the Bears are desperate to reacquire their championship mojo.  So they reached beyond NFL boundaries and, on a lark, imported Marc Trestman from Monteal, Quebec, where he led the Alouettes to successive CFL championships in 2009 and 2010.

Phil Emery went offensive with his choice in candidates.  His short list appeared limited to Trestman, Bruce Arians and Darrell Bevell. All three were considered hot names in this year’s coaching carousel. The Bears went with a quarterback’s dream in hiring Trestman.  Jay Cutler is in good stead getting to work with Trestman, who has worked with Rich Gannon in his 2002 Super Bowl year and Steve Young in his 1995 Super Bowl year.  Trestman has had a lot of jobs over the past 20 years, but he has proven to be a paricularly good mentor to quarterbacks who went on to succeed under his tutelage.

The Bears will always boast a vaunted defense that will win the turnover battle, but the object for Trestman will be get Jay Cutler to overachieve.  With the weapons that Phil Emery has acquired in Marshall and Jeffery, Trestman’s job will be to transform Cutler into a Super Bowl quarterback. He’s done it twice before, so Cutler could be his trifecta.  His first move was to hire Aaron Kromer as the Bears Offensive Coordinator.  Kromer was the Saints’ 2012 interim head coach while Joe Vitt and Sean Payton were suspended, during which time the Saints were 1-4 while averaging 28 PPG.  The next transformational step will be to figure out how the Bears’ roster will look going into spring practice and how the draft and free agency can help the team to progress under Trestman.  Clearly Emery and Trestman will be looking to keep Cutler safe and off his back this year.  They also need to shore up the defensive front to help inject some new blood into a group that is nearing its natural end-of-cycle dominance.  This offseason will be one of the most important in recent memory, and now that the Bears have their man it’s incumbent on the staff to figure out how to get back to hosting games in late January.