Can a lawyer really be the coach of the year in the NFL? Coach Trestman will try to build a case in 2013. Sure, Trestman is a nerd. He wears funny glasses, has a funny haircut and says funny things, but behind the façade, smothered in nerd, is a leader. On the field, not counting the CFL, Trestman has lead two different offenses to the top of the league in passing yards (49ers) and total offense (Raiders).
Marc Trestman has been the Bill Belichek of the CFL, if you subtract “spy gate.” He has had a winning record since 2008 before signing with the bears. If you look north to Montreal, you will see a team imploding. The head coach has been fired, the quarterback has struggled and the team is losing. Coach Trestman runs a sped up version of the west-coast offense and his formations are known to create havoc for opposing defenses. When you ask how much does Marc Trestman know about offense, just look at the New Orleans Saints. Coach Trestman actually consulted on the Saints offensive playbook. Jim Harbaugh thinks enough of Trestman to credit him with everything he knows about coaching.
The most questionable part about Marc Trestman coaching the bears to success involves Jay Cutler. Can Jay Cutler and Coach Trestman really get along? Jay couldn’t get along with Ron Turner, Mike Martz or Mike Tice. Jay didn’t even seem too affected when Lovie Smith was let go by Phil Emery. So why would we think the Vanderbilt product would change with Marc? Intelligence. I am not saying the other coaches were dumb, but I think Jay wasn’t intellectually challenged. Ron Turner wasn’t creative, Mike Martz nearly got him killed and Mike Tice was learning how to be a coordinator on the fly. In Denver Jay had Mike Shanahan. An offensive genius in his own right, who is now developing RGIII in to a pro-bowl level player. Emery was right to hire Trestman; he is the first coach in Chicago who knows more about offense than Jay does.
When Coach Trestman’s first season closes, he may not be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. But if the Chicago Bears become a top ten team in offense and defense, make the playoffs and Jay has a solid season his case will have a good closing argument for coach of the year.
What do you think?