Hoke, Byrd, Phair are only Bears’ coaches left after Trestman cleans house
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org January 17, 2013 11:17PM
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
It didn’t take long for new Bears head coach Marc Trestman to make changes at Halas Hall.
Just hours after Trestman was introduced, the Bears announced that they’ve dismissed offensive coordinator Mike Tice, linebackers coach Bob Babich, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, tight ends coach Mike DeBord, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive line coach Tim Holt and running backs coach Tim Spencer.
The only coaches who currently remain from Lovie Smith’s previous staff are defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, safeties coach Gill Byrd and defensive line coach Mike Phair.
The team also announced that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was let go, but Trestman earlier said during his press conference that he was leaving.
“The bottom line is I would have hoped Rod would have stayed here,” Trestman said. “We had a great conversation and again we’ve got mutual friends that we’ve worked with and know each and every one of us. I don’t think that was an issue. But the NFL moves quickly, so we’ve got to do our due diligence.
“As I said in the meeting, one of the first points of interest is to put the staff together and that should basically tell you we’ve got our work to do. We want to get the best guy in here [to lead the defense].”
Babich, Spencer, Drake and former special-teams coordinator Dave Toub were with the Bears since Smith was first hired in 2004. Toub, who interviewed for the Bears’ head coaching job, was the first to leave after Smith’s firing, making a lateral move to the Kansas City Chiefs.
General manager Phil Emery and Trestman both said Thursday that they were in the process of evaluating the coaching staff. Trestman did say he planned on bringing coaches with him from the Montreal Alouettes.
“I think that we’ll have the majority of our staff by the end of next week,” Emery said. “We’ve got a great start. I was very pleased we were able to name Marc head football coach along with Aaron [Kromer] as our offensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis as our assistant head coach, special teams coordinator.”