Trestman presser: Image and honesty matter at Halas Hall

Trestman presser: Image and honesty matter at Halas Hall
John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune

His smile seemed forced at times and he stumbled over his words a bit, but what I found most refreshing about the Marc Trestman press conference today was his honesty and his obvious intelligence. It's readily apparent that this is the dawning of a new day at Halas Hall—and image does matter.

Forgetting about the football side for a moment, the Bears’ new coach went out of his way to be both friendly and courteous with the media, as Phil Emery said the next coach would do. In fact, from the little I know about both men, they seem to share a lot of the same philosophies and are both well organized and prepared. In fact, after the Manti Te'o incident, how do we know that the two men aren't the same person and this is all a hoax?

In all seriousness, this is not your mommy and daddy's Chicago Bears any more. Yes, Dick Jauron was also a very bright man, but now it seems the entire culture of the organization is changing. Sure, we had fun with the Ditka days, not just because that's the last team that has won anything significant, but also because you never knew what he would do or say next.

I don't think we will get any Ditka moments from Trestman, but if the Bears win, I'm good with that. Meanwhile, it appears that Emery wants to permeate this new media-friendly honesty and transparency image throughout the team from head to toe. Make no mistake, while he may look like an accountant and sound a bit nerdy, this guy truly seems to love coaching football.

In the end, all that will matter to Bears fans is if he can win games and bring a Super Bowl to this town, but the honest approach is a bonus. When he couldn't answer a question, he said so. He called media members by name, and asked how they were doing. He smiled—albeit a bit awkwardly—when taking questions. Contrast this to Lovie's obvious disdain for the media and it's easy to see that these Bears are a different breed.

Everyone always asks, "Did he win the press conference?" And I would have to say that, yes, I believe he did. It was apparent from the things he said and the way he said them that he truly wants to work with Jay Cutler and that is not something every coach might look forward to.

He's a QB guru, so Bears fans should trust that he can iron out some of Cutler's mechanical flaws at least. He mentioned protecting the QB more than once, so that should be good news for Bears fans who understand that while statistics may say J'Marcus Webb had a good year in pass protection, our eyes tell a different story.

Yep, it's a new day. But in the end, all that will matter are wins and losses. Trestman's 1-0 in that department right now, and that's a good start.


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