Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman Pegged for Year One Success

History tells us that first year head coaches don’t always do all that well.  In recent Chicago Bears history, that is definitely the case, as the Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell recounted including these guys who have coached over the last 30 years:

Lovie Smith 5-11

Dick Jauron 6-10

Dave Wannstedt 7-9

Mike Ditka 3-6

Yes, even Da Beloved Coach Ditka started off with a losing record.  In fact, the last winning Chicago Bears first year head coach was Paddy Driscoll, who finished 9-2-1 way back in 1956.

History be damned, suggest at least of couple of NFL.com experts, who set out to predict which first year head coach would have the most success in their first year with their team.

Here’s Ian Rappaport’s view:

Trestman has the luxury of taking over a 10-win team in Chicago

I actually think several teams with new coaches are in prime position to make the playoffs. In fact, I could see three or four of them making such a quick turnaround. But the team with the best chance is Chicago.

The Bears won 10 games last year and should’ve cruised into the playoffs. They return a quarterback in Jay Cutler who is only going to get better. Everyone I talk to about Marc Trestman says the coach simply won’t stop until he has stellar quarterback play, and his play-calling helps. Free agency made the offensive line better — and so did the draft, with the addition of Kyle Long. And the defense is probably more athletic, with highly respected coordinator Mel Tucker taking the reins. Tough to see this team doing anything but improving.

Gregg Rosenthal agrees:

Trestman has the best quarterback, and thus, the best postseason potential

A famous man once said, “Look to the cookie.” In the NFL, you should always look to the quarterback.

The new coach with the best QB on this list is undoubtedly Bears boss Marc Trestman, who inherited Jay Cutler. Trestman’s also the coach on this list who took over the team with the best 2012 record (10-6). The Bears improved their offensive line, not only through key personnel acquisitions, but also in a coaching sense, with Aaron Kromer coming from New Orleans. Chicago is set up to contend.

Raise your hand if you thought that anyone would use Jay Cutler as a reason for Trestman’s success.  Isn’t it the other way around?  Isn’t Trestman supposed to have the impact on Cutler’s success?

Andy Reid, a grizzled veteran head coach but in his first year with the Kansas City Chiefs, also got a couple of votes.  As a total newcomer to the NFL head coaching fraternity, predictions for Trestman are all that more impressive.  Then again, not many first year head coaches have the luxury of joining a winning team, like Trestman has inheriting the 10-6 Bears.

What do YOU think?  Can Trestman guide the Bears to a winning record or dare we suggest the playoffs?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/daryl.samsun Daryl Samsun

    Name an area where the Bears got weaker compared to last years team? When I look they only got stronger in all the flawed areas with my favorite of all being fixed coaching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottieRocker Scottie Rocker

    I think Martellus Bennett will be a beast for Trestman! Watch this season!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DraconWolf Jerry Richardson

    Emery, Trestman, Kromer and Tucker …add Cutler, Forte, Marshall and Jeffery…now add Bushrod, Bennett and some very solid young rookies like Long and Mills…..throw in a faster and more athletic defense in the middle with Willams, Melton, Briggs and add Greene, McClellin, Bostic….Chicago is without question a faster and stronger team on both sides of the line. Success will be there….the question is and will be the same….can they upset GB strangle hold and fight off upstart Minn this year to either win the division or make the playoffs? In my opinion, they will win the division and could contend for a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. M Wilson could become a very surprising weapon in this offense if he plays to his abilities and C Washington could become a very dominant defensive force if he develops under the tutelage of Tucker. Chicago actually made some very interesting and intriguing draft choices that could easily become major players in their rookie years based solely on their athleticism and attitude of play….Bear Down!

  • henry bibby

    11-5 is not unreasonable. We got the horeses and the Defense should be better. The Defense should be better because they going to blitz the LB’s. If the offense comes around which it should expect 4000 yards passing and 35 TD from Cutler.

  • Hugo S LaVia

    A famous man once said, “Look to the cookie.”

    NEVER heard that, so I googled it. I got a link back to here (!) and fuggin Seinfeld. You should’t be allowed to reference fuggin Seinfeld in a sports story.

    PS: Trestman is goofy looking, but the photo chosen for this story doesn’t help! He looks more un-football than any person I’ve ever seen.

    PPS: It’s fuggin May. Can’t we leave the expert predictions until at least Sept?

  • ThompsonWay

    Hopefully, the Bears pickup the new offensive system and can relate it to the field quickly. I think they will start out slow, and pick up speed as the year goes on. It is a tough schedule and a 10 and 6 repeat is my prediction. Bear down!