Chicago Bears Week 11 Milk Carton: Marc Trestman


For those new to the site, when a player or coach doesn’t really show up during a Bear’s game, they get put on the Milk Carton. As most of you know, people’s pictures used to be put at the back of milk cartons when they went missing. So the Milk Carton for the Bears is more about who went missing or played terribly during the game. Here are the nominees.

Nov 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman in the first quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

So the Bears won. Good for them. They played marginally well against a pretty poor team at home. A game like that does not change my cynicism toward the head coach, the defensive coordinator, or the quarterback. Jay Cutler makes some throws that make me miss Rex Grossman. Sure, his three touchdowns were nice, but his inconsistency is too much for me to handle. Having said that, he does not get the milk carton cover.

Marc Trestman, despite winning, earns the not-so-coveted distinction. I found that he coached a mediocre at best game. He did not have his team disciplined, as they were flagged a myriad of times. He got too cute with screen passes as apposed to straight running plays with the elite Matt Forte. The quarterback bootleg on fourth and goal was such a boneheaded call. Why put the quarterback at risk like that when the running back is Matt Forte, who had been running extremely well to that point. The worst part of the game was the clock management. With sixty-two seconds left on the clock in the second quarter, the Bears phoned it in, letting time run off the clock. This led to a Cutler interception and a loss of points. Trestman’s head was not in the game, and this stopped the offense from rolling.

Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Strong performances from the offense and defense bailed Trestman out of another poorly coached game. Forte made the most out of bad play calls and Jeffery and Marshall had games similar to what we expected them to have this season. Next week is Tampa 2 week. My guess is that the game plan will consist of deep passes into the middle of the cover 2 zones.