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Worlds could be colliding! Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman interviewed with former Bears head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Lovie Smith ran into trouble with his offensive coordinator and is in the market for a new one. And he doesn’t even have Jay Cutler to blame this time. The Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had to undergo a heart procedure in the preseason and never called a play for the Bucs in the regular season before he was officially dismissed back in December. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who was on Tedford’s staff at Cal, called the plays for the Bucs.
The big link between the Bucs and Trestman is actually not Lovie Smith, but his hand-picked quarterback Josh McCown. After the interview with the Bucs, Trestman and his wife enjoyed some time by the pool with Josh McCown.
Trestman and McCown became fast friends in 2013 when McCown was Jay Cutler’s backup with the Bears. McCown executed Trestman’s offense in relief of Cutler to the tune of a 3-2 record with 13 TD’s and just 1 INT. McCown was lured to Tampa Bay by Lovie Smith and a $10 million contract offer that the Bears wouldn’t match. McCown regressed to the norm and threw 11 TD’s and 14 INT’s in 11 games with the Bucs this season.
The Bucs hold the top spot in the upcoming NFL Draft and could very well draft a lump of clay for Marc Trestman to mold.
Who wants to see a Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman combo in Tampa with Josh McCown at the helm? You know you’re out there meatballs! You know who you are. You’re the ones who wanted to see Lovie stay and just hire Trestman as the OC and all would have been right with the Bears. All they need is Phil Emery to join the party and you’ve got a heck of a Bears reunion.