Jan 17, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery (right) introduces new head coach Marc Trestman during a press conference at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Introduce Marc Trestman as Franchise's 14th Head Coach: My Reaction

The Chicago Bears officially introduced Marc Trestman as the founding franchise’s 14th head coach.  Phil Emery was beaming as he introduced the product of his very meticulous and thorough interview process.  Here’s a clip of the intro (click refresh on your browser if you’re having trouble seeing the video clip below):


In case you missed it, here’s the full audio, courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times.  It’s over an hour long, so get comfortable.



Here’s my reaction, in bullet point format:

  • Emery was absolutely beaming today.  He was like a proud papa on his child’s birthday.  I only hope that attitude continues as the process of the draft and next season unfolds.
  • Phil Emery loves processes.  And he loves to tell us about them.  Ask Phil Emery what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build a sundial.
  • Phil Emery and Marc Trestman are just a couple of football dorks.  It’s no wonder they hit it off so well and it’s no wonder their interviews lasted 8 hours apiece.  Those dudes can move some air around.
  • Words that jumped out to me from Trestman – humility, hard working, science.
  • You could tell by Trestman’s tone and delivery his excitement when he talked about offensive football and strategy.
  • Trestman values the football and every single play.  He will put Jay Cutler in a position to succeed.
  • Trestman didn’t divulge too much.  I don’t believe he doesn’t have some strategies in mind or hasn’t made assessments of guys like Matt Forte.  He was wise not to talk out of turn and give proper deference to Phil, the coaches and players, but he has some strong ideas about what he wants to do.  Count on it.
  • It’s disappointing that Marinelli won’t be coming back.  I’m getting the sense that he was option #1 to take the D coordinator spot and the Bears appear to be a little off guard that he didn’t want to stick around.  If a different plan had been in place, you can bet they would have acted on it, just like they did when they brought Joe D and Aaron Kromer in yesterday.
  • I found it encouraging when Trestman talked about the goal of the offense and he didn’t give the standard “to score points” shtick.  He said, the goal of the offense is to score touchdowns.  That tells me field goals will be considered a failure.
  • Between the two of them, Emery and Trestman were at the podium for over an hour and there was not one mention of “beat the Packers” or pandering to the lowest common denominator.  Both outlined the franchise’s goals and how they plan to get there.  There is a plan.  How refreshing.
  • Trestman did play to the crowd a bit and gave each reported kudos on their question, but it came off as respectful and sincere, not condescending or rehearsed.
  • Someone get Marc Trestman a makeover or a Traditions B Bears hat.  If I never see him without a hat again, I’m cool with it.

What did you think?  What jumped out at you?  Let’s hear from YOU!!!

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