What to expect from Bears coach Marc Trestman
BY SEAN JENSEN Twitter: @SeanKJensen January 17, 2013 1:44PM
Marc Trestman speaks after being introduced as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill., on Thursday, January 17, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: January 17, 2013 3:01PM
Marc Trestman traveled a winding road to fulfill his dream of becoming an NFL head coach.
But Trestman clearly had a plan, and he clearly outlined characteristics and expectations for the Bears.
“The Chicago Bears are unquestionably the most loved and storied franchise in the NFL, no doubt, and without question a premiere job, arguably one of the best in all of sports,” Trestman said. “Somebody told me a week ago, just after my first interview, in Chicago, ‘they love the Bears, but it’s beyond passion. It really is.’
“After going through the interview process, I now see it and Phil [Emery], I now feel it.”
Emery noted that Trestman presented him a 13-month calendar that detailed practice and meeting times, even including deadlines related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That, Emery added, required a lot of research since Trestman spent the last five years in the Canadian Football League.
So what should we expect from the Bears under Trestman?
· “We’ve got to put together a staff of coaches with high character. Men who are great teachers. Men who are experts in the science of football. The science of our game. That are detailed and organized, and are specialists. And want to and care about our players. And are willing to do whatever it takes on a daily basis to help them master their craft.”
· “To continue on this level of winning consistently and playing for championships, we’ve got to play smart and we’ve got to play unselfishly. We’ve got to play tough, physical football. Disciplined football. Because in this league, you’ve got great coaches and great players in 31 other cities. Our coaches have to be great at teaching the science of the game because we’ve always got to be at our best.”
· “Our players have got to totally understand special situation football and continuity football. And finally, and most importantly, we all have to understand that the quarterback absolutely must play at an efficient level.”
· “We will have a locker room where there are two core values: you’ve got to love football in this building. Let me say it again, you don’t have to love football, you’ve got to REALLY love football.”
· “Respect for the game, respect for our opponent and respect for each and every man and woman that walks into this building. Everybody that walks into our organization. There is going to be clarity and truth in our communication created by a development of what I would call truly working on having authentic relationships with each and every person in this building.”
· “Our players are going to compete. They are going to compete on a daily basis on the practice field. There is going to be a sense of peer-to-peer accountability, not just within each side of the ball, but connected to each and every phase of our football.”
· “Our overall philosophy will be very simple. We want to create a locker room based on a humble, hardworking, disciplined environment. An even-keeled yet passionate, common sense, no-nonsense approach to our business. We’re going to have fun. We’re going to enjoy the game. But we are going to have a sense of urgency on a daily basis, that when we play on Sunday will give us the edge we need.”
· “My role is simple and it’s really exciting. I just want to be a great teacher. I want to empower leadership within our coaching staff and our players. I want to help everyone in the locker room truly master their craft and I’ll ask for nothing in return but their best efforts. I’m going to be responsible for keeping Jay [Cutler] and our quarterbacks safe in the pocket. I’m going to have the pulse of the team each and every day, with an unbelievable support group from Phil and the organization, to the coaches and the players that I work with. But all decisions, each and every one, will be a collective process between Phil and I, and always on the football field in the best interest of the Chicago Bears.”
· “I’m going to make sure on a daily basis that every coach and every player, with every bone in my body make sure that our football team is completely interconnected. Where everyone understands, if it’s one of us, it’s all of us. That will be the primary emphasis on a daily basis. And this is what it will be in a nutshell: we’re going to work in the classroom and on the field to protect the quarterback and go get the quarterback. We’re going to protect the ball and we’re going to do everything we can to go get that precious ball. We’re going to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. With that, our football expands. We’re going to have the highest standards and values in everything we do. And we will practice, we will practice all of this and we will practice fast and learn how quickly to respond to the adversity and success we face with each and every play.”
· “On special teams, we all know it’s winning the battle of field position. It’s creating game-changing and explosive plays. We’ve seen it around here. And we’re going to use the best players, when possible, to get those plays run and those plays done during the course of the game. And most importantly, we want to see our team’s pride. We want to see our team’s passion within our special teams play that will extend throughout our football team and into the stands.”
· “On defense, it all starts with the quarterback, doesn’t it? We’ve got to hurry him, we’ve got to hit him and we’ve got to knock him down. We’ve got to stop the run on first down and we’ve got to get off the field on third down. And we’ve got to build frustration with opposing offenses. And then we’ve got to do what this team has done best, what this team stands by in the past: we’ve got to create turnovers with every play.”