Marc Trestman Earns Chicago Bears Week 13 Milk Carton


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.

Marc Trestman heads to the locker room after the game. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

I find that giving the milk carton “honor” to only head coach Marc Trestman displays an unfortunate lack of creativity, but I am going to do it this week because it perfectly reflects his weekly game plans. I honestly have not seen that many screens since my ninth grade movie festival. Please excuse the terrible joke. It’s not the only joke we have all been excusing for too long.

This unconventional, metaphorical segue leads me to this statement: Marc Trestman has to go. He is not a competent NFL Coach. I know it took Lovie Smith and Mike Ditka a while to adjust to the Bears, but that was because they inherited terrible offenses. But Trestman’s weakness is adjusting to anything. He was supposed to be leading a juggernaut this season; that fell flat.

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As for this game, his brain was missing throughout the entire thing. Yes, the Bears scored two early touchdowns. Yes, the first drive was spectacular. That did not matter. The Lions altered their strategies on both sides of the ball, while the bears remained stagnant.

Early in the game, the Bears faced a third and one. Instead of trying a unique outside run, Trestman called for it up the gut. That was a terrible call against a great interior line expecting nothing else. The play calling was shoddy all game. The screen game stopped working, but Trestman stuck with it. The bizarre sideline passes were nearly getting intercepted, but Trestman kept going with them. The Bears did no high percentage plays, did not allow their elite running back to run the ball, and they were undisciplined. Every time they would make any kind of penalty, they could not get back on their feet. That is at the fault of the head coach, for not being able to adjust to any adversity.

The Bears lost another game today in yet another pathetic fashion. Marc Trestman’s game plan of short screens and little else was unsurprisingly ineffective. If he wants to be a coach in the NFL, he will have to realize that balance is key.