Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh appeared on the Waddle and Silvy Show today to touch on various topics and in particular his time under head coach Mike Ditka, whose jersey number 89 will finally be retired by the Bears. When Coach Harbaugh heard the news, he called the idea of retiring Da Coach’s jersey “perfect!” I wonder if he would have said that when Ditka was chewing his ass out for that audible against the Vikings.
While wrapping up the interview, Harbaugh talked about the new Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and gave a ringing endorsement, saying coach Trestman “taught me everything.”
“Everything wouldn’t be an overstatement,” Harbaugh said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Chicago 1000. “We use his system still of calling plays and the way he taught us those concepts and techniques. I’ve used (those) since I coached with the Raiders, the University of San Diego, Stanford and the 49ers.
“He will do great and talk about long overdue. Marc Trestman becoming a head coach is well deserved, he will do a phenomenal job.”
When Silvy followed up, saying that the Super Bowl runner up was offering high praise on Trestman and suggested it was a home run for the Bears, Harbaugh instead called it a “grand slam.”
Have a listen to the entire podcast here.
I think it’s really interesting that Harbaugh still employs the same techniques that he learned from Trestman over a decade ago when they were together with the Raiders. Harbaugh is well regarded as one of the great offensive minds in the league today. Will Trestman be able to get the same kind of respect as his former protege? It’s not too long before we start to find out.