Throughout the next few weeks SFF will take a look at new Head Coaches around the NFL. Today we introduce Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman.
The last 5 seasons, Marc Trestman served as the Head Coach of the the Canadian Football League‘s (CFL) Montreal Alouettes. What did he do in those five years you ask, eh? Oh nothing, just 4 East Division Titles, three Grey Cup (the CFL’s Super Bowl) appearances, including back to back Grey Cup victories, and one CFL Coach of the Year win. He’s no stranger to the NFL either, with over 15 years experience as a QB Coach, RB Coach, or Offensive Coordinator.
The past nine years of Bears football led by former HC Lovie Smith were actually very successful. He led them to Super Bowl XLI in 2006, made the playoffs three times and compiled an 81-63 regular season record with only 3 losing seasons. But the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league, and that’s just the way it is. So after finishing 3rd in the NFC North in back to back seasons (18-14 record), the Bears fired Lovie and brought in Trestman.
Bringing in a guy like Trestman, a guy who has spent his entire coaching career on the offensive side of the ball, represents a seismic shift from the defensive oriented Lovie Smith, and this needs to be accounted for. We expect this hire to be a boon for the fantasy fortunes of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, and Alshon Jeffrey (if they don’t bring in a FA WR i.e. Wes Welker). I’m not saying any of these guys will be in the top 5 in their respective positions, except B- Marsh he looks like a lock for top 5 WR with #1 overall upside, but they will be good. We’ll see what the ADP numbers look like when we get closer to draft season, but I have a strong suspicion that Cutler and Forte will be generally overlooked, so we have to keep our eyes on how that situation plays out. Alshon is a late round sleeper WR. Michael Bush is not the Goal Line stud everybody thought he would be last season and really only useful if Forte goes down. Fortunately for Bush, Forte is banged up all the time so he has to constantly be on the radar.
TIP: If you want to dominate on draft day, keep track of the ADP (Average Draft Position) of the respective website you draft from (Yahoo, ESPN, NFL.com, CBS Sports, etc.). It’s one of the most useful predictors of where a player will be selected, and it’s very helpful in identifying values.
Obviously the Bears Offensive Line in 2012, and 2011, was atrocious. That needs to be addressed to for the players I mentioned to have success. If they get protection for Jay Cutler, even though he seems like a total jackass, guy has an absolute cannon to match precision accuracy, and unexpected mobility in the pocket (this is a very rare skill set). Cutler could make a cheap QB2 with Top 10 upside. Keep your eye on him. Note also that in 2002 as the OC/QB coach of the Oakland Raiders Marc Trestman’s QB was Rich Gannon and won NFL MVP. Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo won back to back CFL MVP awards under Trestman’s guidance as well. Trust in Tresty. He is a legitimate QB guru, and do not forget about that this off-season.