Coaching Search Should Be Entirely About Quarterback Position

Coaching Search Should Be Entirely About Quarterback Position

Many, myself included, have been surprised by the meticulousness and breadth of Phil Emery's first search to fill a head coaching vacancy. Two special teams coaches, what feels like a dozen offensive coordinators and the head man at the Montreal Alouettes have forced beat writers and bloggers to do more extensive Google searches in the last week than they've done in the last year. (I've exchanged emails with an Alouettes beat man at the Montreal Gazette. They generated very little.)

The surprise is not based on expectations of Emery. Nobody had any expectations of Emery because Emery - until his sprawling, hour-long press conference a week ago - was a shadowy figure pulling the strings in silence. All we really knew about him is that he's a scout at heart and prefers to spend his time on the road. The surprise was based on an historical understanding of this process for the Chicago Bears since the passing of George S. Halas. This is the team that botched the Dave McGinnis hire. This is the team that had two options in 2004 after being spurned by Nick Saban: Russ Grimm and Lovie Smith. The Chicago Bears head coaching job is one of the crown jewels of the NFL and for the first time in a long time it feels that way.

Now Emery has to do the hard part. He has to hire the right man.

If there is one thing to be learned from these NFL playoffs it is this: the NFL is now about the coach and the quarterback. The rest - defense, backs, play calls, special teams, fan support - is secondary, tertiary, whatever the word is for fourth level. Coach. Quarterback. In a year when Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson climbed the record books the division round of the postseason will feature Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan...etc. And the quarterback can no longer simply manage the game. He must be explosive. That is why Harbaugh made the switch to Kaepernick mid-season and Carroll chose Wilson over Flynn in camp. It's all about the quarterback.

Emery's focus during the head coaching search has wisely been on the offensive side of the ball and task number one facing this new coach should be nurturing, developing and draining every ounce of greatness out of Jay Cutler.

There are some in the Chicago media and around the city beginning to wonder if Cutler is the QB of the future. They are questioning whether the organization should pad #6's banking account in the lead up to the 2013 season - the final of his contract. If the Bears listen to these cries and move in a different direction they'll be making a decision tantamount to organizational suicide. Cutler's upside is a quarterback capable of putting an offense on his back loading and playing with just about any great quarterback in the league. Cutler's downside is what the Bears saw in 2012: a pedantic yet serviceable performance (behind a 10 win club). There is no Good Jay Bad Jay the way there was with Rex Grossman. There is Great Jay Decent Jay (and twice a year 4 Pick Jay but who's counting).

Now is not the time to run from the enigmatic but supremely talented quarterback. Now is the time to commit to him. Phil Emery must put in place a single offensive system and allow the quarterback to mature within that system over the next 3-4 years. With the exception of Peyton Manning - the greatest regular season player in NFL history - all of the other top tier quarterbacks in the NFL have benefited from operating within a single system for the duration of their careers. (Drew Brees is a possible exception but one can rightfully argue his career began when he arrived in The Big Easy.)

The Bears must also allow this new head coach to draft and develop his own man behind Cutler. And I don't mean in a seventh-round, undrafted free agent sort of way like Nathan Enderle and Caleb Hanie. As dedicated as the new head coach should be to making Cutler the best player possible he should also not be hamstrung by Cutler's potential inability to take direction or adapt his playing style. Noll benched Bradshaw. Holmgren knew he could bench Favre.

This decision, this hire, is entirely about the quarterback position for the Chicago Bears. Because without synergy (to use Emery's word) between the coach and QB Bears fans across this country will continue to spend their January nights scouting college prospects.


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  • Im sold on Mike McCoy. I feel that this guy is the right fit for Jay and our offense. Leave Marinelli in charge of defense and Toub with ST.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    Agreed with all three. But will McCoy come to Chicago?

  • Quaternary.

  • does brian fantusz come back if we hire the CFL guy?

    henry burriss as well?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    It's Andy Fantuz. He and Henry both play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Whatever a Tiger-Cat is?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    damn it. i knew i was in the ballpark on his name but i didn't think he was actually worth a google.

    this is a tiger-cat. and i'm terrified.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm at work and it wouldn't let me see the site. I had to google Fantuz. I couldn't remember his first name but I was sure it wasn't Brian. Henry won the Grey Cup a few years ago with Calgary but he's slowly fading into the sunset.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    it's a frightening cat woman person from work is smart to block the site. you're safer that way.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Brandon Rideau ?

  • his TD to catch ratio reminds me of a 2011 kellen davis. and i hate 2011 kellen davis because he led to the 2012 kellen davis.

  • You make really good points. I hope you're right.

  • From PFT, but with better formatting... G.M. Phil Emery continues to pursue a wide variety of candidates, most of which have offensive backgrounds. They include:
    - Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy,
    - Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman,
    - Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison,
    - Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians,
    - Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong,
    - Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan,
    - Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael,
    - Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis,
    - Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements,
    - Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

    Of the OCs so far, I tend to agree that McCoy has the best resume. But I really like the way Emery operate. Team oriented, thorough, player focused, detail oriented. He'll find a coach that can operate the same way. As I've said before, we'll never know what is said in the interviews, but I trust Emery to get it right.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That's a good comprehensive list. Talk about due diligence.

    Conspicuously absent from the list: Dave Toub.

    Haven't hears other teams asking him to interview either, so maybe we can get away with another year of Toub at specials.

    Lovie isn't going to get hired either, which means Marinelli might stay too, which would make me feel MUCH better about our 2013 chances.

    Man, how many days left now, 249? ahhhhhh!!!!

  • I was thinking the same thing today about Toub - nobody has asked to interview him. That's good for us assuming the new guy chooses to keep him. And why wouldn't the new HC want to keep him? And Marinelli too, for that matter. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And he'll have his hands full getting the offense together. That's two less things to worry about...

  • Also need a WR coach that can focus on CATCHING THE FUCKING BALL!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    So right we had a tight end who could catch and expand the field and that nitwit Martz help run him out of town. Davis can't catch a beach ball

  • In reply to BullySixChicago:

    All right, so we remember some good catches, but he had some drops and fumbles, too - and he could not block worth a hoot! How about a TE that can catch and block?

  • NewBear - thanks for the list all in one place.

    It almost seems like too many candidates; Biggsy was asked on the Score this morning if he got any sense if any of them were not really legimate candidates in any way and he said no. He felt like Emery thinks of each of them as potential fits. Nor apparently has Emery tipped his hand if he has eliminated any of the ones he's interviewed. In fact, there seemed to be some indication from Biggs that a second interview could take place before all the first interviews are done - and yet that wouldn't mean any of the round one interviews would be canceled.

    I'm glad he's avoided anything like went fell apart for the Eagles and Browns with Chip Kelly. Emery seems to be making this appear at least like the Bears are the ones with the leverage. Even the media is unconsciously helping by selling this as a name-making job: being the coach that taps into Cutler's true potential. Maybe high risk for a coach, but certainly high reward for anyone who makes him into a top QB.

    Doesn't sound like this will be settled until the conference champ games are played. Which is fine by me.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Mully said a couple of them were clearly Rooney rulers and nobody felt we were going with a ST coach. That Emery clearly wants a leading OC as his HC.

    And, frankly, if you go and put the Score on right now - you will see that the press is mostly making fun of Emery for such a wide search. The running joke on radio today is that either:

    Emery needs more frequent flyer miles for his vacation OR ---

    He's learning how to interview people and what questions to ask, and he's hoping by talking to alot of people he gets the hang of the whole how-to-be-a-GM thang.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I also think Lovie was Buffalo's Rooney ruler. I wonder if Lovie got the sense he was the affirmative action interview while he was there. He didn't want that job from what I gather from radio (Lawrence what's his name on the Score, who is black, brought this up) that Lovie has no desire to go to anyplace that cold, and he really would have liked the Cardinals job.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    When listening to the Score make fun of things, I'm often reminded of Bob Dylan's line: don't criticize what you don't understand.

    He's my take on the large number of interviews: Emery knows what he wants and will know it when he sees it (or expereinces it) and he can't experieince it without interviewing. I've yet to hear anything about any of the candidates that make them unqualified - in fact except for the ST guys there has been upside to every one of them.

    But the Score guys know SO much more about how to run a sports team...

  • In reply to BillW:

    So you're saying he's taking the Supreme Courts stance on pornography? He'll know it when he sees it.

  • Emery actually kind of said that.

    He said something like, "I've seen fire and I've seen rain." He went on this diatribe about how he's seen swim and volleyball coaches with excellence and he knows excellence when he sees it.

    Maybe Emery is a Scientologist. Or a follower of Robert Pirsig.

    He will see the quality when he sees it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 on the motorcycle maintenance man

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ++1 on the motorcycle maintenance man.

    Anybody else think Lila sucked?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can't even listen to those guys for too's like overhearing two freshmen talk about sports...just immature and annoying.

    I usually only listen to the Score to hear what some of the callers have to say, or to catch Hub or some of the other beat writers.

  • One wonders is the Domerz win this thang, with Vegas having rounded off to a full 10 due to lack of cash coming in - oh, where are all the Catholics now with their blind faith - if the Domerz pull this off then more than Brian Kelly, it is Bon Diaco whose stock gets a big bump. He'd get his own program after that - maybe he could backfill Marrone at Syracuse.

    Marrone was a shit hire. Bills suck.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    not that it has anything to do with betting GP, but the crowd in vegas was VERY strange this weekend. Like nothing I've ever seen before... no offense to jokey or any other asian bloggers, but we might as well have been in Macau this weekend.

    It was honestly 75% asian.

    Not sure if a newsletter went out or what but I was kind of shocked.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you get into a fight with an Asian bouncer but, at the last moment, a Komodo dragon bit his leg and dragged him into its' lair?

    Because that woulda been AWESOME.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no, but you are right... that would have been.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did he take your gun, only to have it rebel in your hand and not fire at you?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This might be a grand generalization, but Asians LOVE gambling, specifically Vietnamese and Chinese. And all Asians who gamble also chain smoke, it's like some commandment or something. I lived in two cities whose population was predominately Asian, and that's been my personal experience. I used to play ball with a Vietnamese guy, and he used to go to the track all the time. What's so weird about that? He was in HIGH SCHOOL! I guess he went with his dad. Other first hand stories abound.

    A sorta funny story about the MGM grand. It was originally built so that people would have to enter through the mouth of the lion; HOWEVER, many Asians consider going through the mouth of anything bad luck (like passing under a gigantic ladder on your way to blackjack), so they changed it.

    Think Vegas knows where their money comes from?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was a common sight back home in inner city bookmakers. Predominantly asian. They love the gambling.

  • But Syracuse to Buffalo. Look at what they save on moving expenses!

  • Looks like Lovie sits out a year.

    The Bills didn't mind turning Lovie down because they knew he'd take no offense.

  • In reply to BillW:


  • In reply to BillW:

    I heard Lovie was almost late to the interview and had to get off the bus running to make it on time. Also they probably turned him down because even Lovie could not say "Ryan Fitzpatrick is our quarterback." and keep a straight face.

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    ba-dump... tis!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Unless he goes to the Browns. I've been hoping for that. My buddy grew up in Cleveland and has been giving me shit over Lovie for years despite the Browns lack of success. Please God, let Lovie go to the Browns.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I can't believe a Browns fan would give you shit over Lovie. Like they've got any room to talk shit. WOW!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I know. But there's nothing that can be said about the Browns they haven't heard a thousand times. We went to the game in 05 at Cleveland (the famous Mike
    Brown "we suck" post game) and the bastard beat me for a steak dinner at John Q's thanks to the Bears loss. He had the filet, many drinks, and the apple walnut pie for dessert. Cocksucker. Still pisses me off.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Holy crap, I was at that game, too. My wife almost got in a fight with a dickhead Browns fan.

  • Man, I hope Foxboro gets an epic snowstorm.

    I would put up with a Chicago snow smackdown in exchange for a Foxboro whopper Sunday. Take that, Texans.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tomato cans. Ha.

  • A QB coach man please we need an offensive coordinator someone with some idea about an innovative offense approach to help the QB and other wide receivers other than # 15

  • Stay classy Gree Bay:

    Jesus, what a bunch of cunts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • I assume you guys watched the game.

    I told my buddy after he hurt his knee again in the first quarter (?)... dude, he should NOT be back in there. Not worth his career. Fuck that. they put him back in anyway. When he bent his knee in half in the 4th the whole bar went, "Ohhhhhhh!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    Did anyone else get the feeling this would have been Cutler had he returned to the NFC Championship game?

  • This is for you, MB

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I swear I saw that guy... maybe 100 times... all in different places!

    Ok, I'm fucking kidding. Feel free to make a jew joke... so fucking sensitive.

  • Funny to hear Waddle and Silvy rehash the rookie QB vs Cutler argument that we had last week. I half expected Johnny to call in and interject on his boyfriends behalf. "How can these guys be making such logical, factual and in my opinion stupid comments?"

  • Broken. Record.

  • On another note what are the chances we get Barrett Jones or Chance Warmack in the draft. I'll be watching them tonight. Or Luke Joeckel would be nice too. Wonder what we can do to move up in the draft?

  • Kinda doubt we'll be moving up since we don't have a 3rd. Not to mention we have about a dozen holes to fill.

  • Chances of getting Luke? About 1%. (sad tear).

    Cool Hand Luke will almost definitely be a top 3-5 pick.

    Warmack is a real possibility. Guards typically fall draft days, and he might be there sitting for us.

    Barrett Jones I think is going in the early 2nd (same logic), and if we could draft Warmack at G and Jones for C, that would be our line for the next decade.

    - Lance Louis, Warmack and Jones smashing people in the middle. Of course, this would mean we'd still be stuck with Webb at LT, unless we get an LT in FA.

    Manti T'eo might be gone, but ILBs tend to fall too, so if he has a poor combine, I can see him there in the teens for us to move up for.

    However, I hear many scouts keep saying that Alec Oggletree from Georgia is actually a better prospect just not on as much hype.

    It might be one of those 1A-1B situations like with Eric Berry and Earl Thomas a couple years back.

  • If you think Eugene`s story is great..., four weeks ago my auntie basically also brought home $8668 just sitting there twenty hours a week an their house and they're co-worker's step-sister`s neighbour did this for five months and got paid over $8668 in there spare time from there mac. use the guidelines here...

  • In reply to amydebra466:

    Loopy fucking cunt

  • In reply to amydebra466:

    wow. i DID think eugene's story was great.

    wait. hold up. who's eugene?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Emery interviewed him.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Who's Eugene? Did you come into town on a load of melons or something?

  • In reply to amydebra466:

    "There, they're, and their." All three words can be tricky. Master them someday and you
    may just find yourself with an ACTUAL job contributing to society one day Amydebra. I've always hated Eugene too. See that? Proper use of "too" which can be tricky as well with "to" and "two" just waiting to be used.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    hee hee

  • In reply to amydebra466:

    How exactly does one "basically" get money. Dont you either receive the funds or not?

  • My gut says McCoy, my head says Toub. I'll take either.

  • I'd opt for
    - Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians

    Extensive QB experience with some of the best in the biz.
    Experience as head coach this season
    offensive mindset
    tenured enough to garner respect from the veteran squad

  • Emery's method to the large number of candidates?

    Actually, I doubt it. As PFT says, if the assistant doesn't think they have a legit chance, turn down the interview. Besides, I'm sure the candidates don't reveal a lot of specifics until the second interview.

  • In reply to BillW:

    We need a Youtube parody of Emery. Get somebody who looks like him to put on Gandalf's costume, horn rims and knock on the door.

    (Coach clutches playbook to his breast)
    "You want it for yourself!"
    (thunder clap)
    "Michael McCoy!!!!!!!!!!! Do not take me for some conjurer of Cheap Trick. I am not trying to rob you... I am trying to help you...."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like it. Will there be a segue into a particular Cheap Trick tune? I'm trying to think of one..Is "I want you to want me" to obvious?

    Used to see them at the Brat Stop in Kenosha about a million years ago....

  • Matt Blanchard is back!!!!!!! Being re-signed is by far the best news of the week so far the dude has pitential!

  • A little information on Darrell Bevell. He was Favre's QB coach for quite a few years in Green Bay, and OC for Minnesota when Favre played there. So he has dealt with "gunslingers". Favre's best QB rating came the year MN almost made the SB.

    Bevell won the Rose Bowl as QB of WI in 1993 (I was there). Childress was his OC. When Childress got the job at MN, he hired Bevell as his OC.

    Bevell's done a good job with Russell Wilson, but Wilson was really good already. The dude is a natural leader. I think Wilson holds the college record for best QB rating. His senior year he had about 33 TD passes and only 3 picks. He had a 100 QB rating this year and kept getting better as the season progressed.

    I think Bevell is a long shot for the job, but who knows. I have no clue which of these candidates would make the best HC. If Bevell gets the job, I'm sure there will lots of talk about him being a Mormon. Not sure how that would sit with Chicago Bears fans.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, he could be a satanist and nobody would care as long as he won.

  • "There is Great Jay and Decent Jay"

    If the Bears had a "great" Quarterback half of the time, and a "decent" Quarterback half of the time, they would have more than one playoff win (against the 7-9 seahawks) over the last 4 years.

    Jeff, your aspirations for bigger and better things are pretty obvious. You're never going to get what you want if you can't analyze the team you're most familiar team with any objectivity.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Is there a Packer equivalent of DBB? I'm just curious, that's all...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    yes tobi...but he comes here because packer fans are all complete fucking douchebags, and no one likes them... not even themselves.

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Me too Tobi. What would the web address be if a friend of mine wanted to check it out? Hypothetically.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    we tried that route with these gusy before you two showed up... they are like cockroaches maings. they won't leave.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes but it might be cathartic. You tried profanity and everything? Waffle went? I mean, you pulled out the big guns right?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Don't bother. Total waste of time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I went to a Packer web site and trolled them, but it was sad. It was like using sarcasm on the mentally handicapped. It stopped being fun after about 2 days.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What is this mythical bizarro Bear site which you speak of?

    I often wondered if there was a Jeff evil twin with goatee and cheesehead crown...

  • What about the bizarro Reverend Rants? I wonder what those would be like?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I joined one - I think it was the one over on SB nation. Got banned after one comment.

  • So a quick note of near greatness I've been saving for the offseason.
    I thought I had my perfect avatar pic this fall. I was at a youth football game, and some kid's grandma was wearing a Clay Matthews jersey. The thing is, "grandma" was about 38. Total bar hag. Raggedy ass, straw died red for hair. VERY short, jean shorts full of holes showing off bad cellulite. Dirty high top basketball shoes. No shirt under
    the jersey, we were lucky she owned a bra. Smoker's cough. The works. And for the grand finale, the jersey was ON BACKWARDS! It. Was. Perfect. I tried on a handful of occasions to get a pic with my phone but couldn't get it done because I was coaching. Sadly, somebody must have mentioned the error as it was corrected by half time. The lost opportunity has haunted me since. Just think of the DBB capital I pissed away with my failure. We could have had a lot of laughs.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Even with the jersey on right side out it would have been fun...

  • Like I said since day one: Lovie isn't going to coach this year, period.

    He could easily become a D.C. somewhere, but he's too proud for that.

    I like many think he would be a good fit in Cowboy land. His calm demeanor would do well on that stage, sorta like Eli in N.Y. Lovie is also the ultimate yes man, and Jerry loves his glasses cleaned. Lovie's from Texas, etc etc...

    Another team which would greatly benefit from Lovie...wait for it...DETROIT.

    They've been sucking for the last 50 years - hiring Lovie and winning 8-9 games for a few seasons (and keeping players out of jail) would do wonders for that organization. And even Lovie can't fuck up Stafford-Megatron. The biggest weakness of the Lions is D and SP teams (and general douchbaggery) - Lovie would improve that team a lot just by making them mediocre.

    But the Lions, like the Browns, is just a doomed team. They'll go down in flames with Gym Shorts and the Titus Youngs of the world, and it will be a spectacle to behold...

  • You're absolutely right. He needs a team that's been bad so long, ownership and the fans don't remember good. How about Jacksonville or Oakland? They've both been pathetic for some time now Hmm, what else could he do? I suppose color commentary from the broadcast booth is out of the question...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Cleveland. Please let it be Cleveland.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Hahaha...I wouldn't hold my breath. Cleveland's problem wasn't D (they're actually solid on D), so they're in the same boat we are, only more desperate (hence them courting Chip Kelly).

    Knowing the Browns they'll hire some guy and everyone will collectively gasp, "WTF?"

    Truth is, they'll get the leftovers and continue churning as "The Factory of Sadness"...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Be very very afraid!

  • Anybody else having a problem with gnome code today?

    Had to give it a reach around and massage it a bit for it to let me comment.

    If you are finding an total inability to reply or comment, as I was, you may try the aforementioned technique. Said reach around consists of deep throating your own pride, logging off, logging back on, refresh, refresh, refresh, 3 hail mary's and a sonuva bitch....seems to work.

    And now, I have no idea what the hell I wanted to comment in the first place. Motherfucker.

  • How bad Notre Dame looks so far?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Stick a fork in them - they're done. 28-0 and it's only halftime.

    Manti is not looking good either - that missed tackle on the HB might drop him down a few spots in the draft.

    Barret Jones and Warmack looking like studs - two guys Emery's taking copious notes on, I'm sure.

    TE Eifert for Dame not looking too shabby either, but hasn't looked like much of a "playmaker" - more of a Witten than a Graham.

  • Te'o is costing himself some serious money tonight.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    After tonight, Te'o might actually fall to the 20s.

    He totally whiffed on one tackle. He's been taking bad angles. Got run over by Warmack - then the HB Lacey outmuscled him on another play and broke free on what would've been a loss.

    Maybe that Ogletree kid is a better ILB after all.

    But I'm sure Te'os stock will shoot up again due to the combine.

  • Memo to Mr. Te 'O:

    In the NFL, ALL of the offensive linemen are the size of those guys in white.

    ALL of them.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah, no kidding Al. After watching this game, I'm not on the Te'o bandwagon as much.

    Te'o also bit on a playaction which the qb then lofted over his head for a TD.

    If Manti is there at 20, then go for it, but after tonight I wouldn't go trading the barn for him.

  • I haven't had trouble commenting. I am having trouble connecting to the server and loading the page. That's in addition to the usual problems. ChicagoNow sucks more cock than a seven-headed crackwhore.

  • More I read about Trestman, more I like him...

    "ESPN Cleveland confirms the Browns will interview Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman in Chicago on Monday.
    The meeting takes place in the Windy City because the Bears are also interviewing Trestman. Montreal is 64-34 in Trestman's five seasons, including two Grey Cup victories. A West Coast offense devotee, Trestman has an impressive track record of success as a coordinator and play-caller. Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo won back-to-back MVP awards under Trestman's tutelage. "He was smart, innovative, quarterback friendly and pass protection-conscious," ex-Raiders QB Rich Gannon said of Trestman, who was Oakland's coordinator during the Raiders 2002 Super Bowl appearance. "

    (Per Rotoworld)

  • I think he might be the dark horse...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I feel that too.

    I think the finalist list will come down to Trestman, McCoy and Arians/Clements.

  • If the choice is between Chicago (10-6, solid defense, Forte-Cutler-Marshall) and Cleveland (5-11 Trent Richardson and little else), is there really a choice?

  • He's growing on me too but don't they still play ball with human heads in the CFL?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Polo yes, football no...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You're confusing the CFL with THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.

    Billy Fish (Saeed Jaffrey):
    "Big head? Big Ball. Oh, BIG damn head this Bashkai man."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ha, that's exactly the scene I was thinking about when I posted!

  • Brent Musberger is really enamored with AJ McCarron's girlfriend, former miss Alabama. I don't think he's been this creepy about a young lady since AJ Hawk was dating Brady Quinn's sister. Maybe he has an AJ fetish. (I actually come up with this on my own)

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I don't understand Musberger's appeal and staying power. Even back when he was a local Chicago sportscaster, he never blew my skirt up....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    BRent was also oohing over McCarrons Mommy.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    But he would have LIKE to...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    haha...I was laughing at that too.

    Brent advocating everyone should try to be a QB to get a hot gal - I swear he was a step away from saying "unlike those olinemen who hook up with some real porkers"

    Hot women like rich, famous, tall athletic men?

    Say it ain't so...

  • I've got the third adjective down...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Very nice Fifth. Thanks for the Detroit link yesterday. Left some thoughts on the old thread on the matter.

  • For those of you who can't be bothered with deleting your cookies to get around the Trib's five story limit per month:

    By Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune reporter

    8:40 p.m. CST, January 7, 2013
    Last year the Bears decided to replace general manager Jerry Angelo but retain head coach Lovie Smith.

    This year there are indications they could follow a similar path on a different level of the organizational flow chart.

    A good chance exists the team will hire a new head coach but retain defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, and possibly other key assistants, according to those with knowledge of the situation.

    Marinelli and the other assistant coaches from Smith's staff remain under contract, and the Bears are not allowing them to interview for other coaching vacancies. The reason is there is a chance the Bears will want to retain them.

    It will depend mostly on the desires of the new head coach. If the candidate the team settles on wants a different defensive coordinator, it is unlikely anyone will stand in his way.

    But it is clear Marinelli is highly regarded by the organization.

    Retaining Marinelli would enable the Bears to keep their defensive system intact, which could help the Bears be the most competitive team possible in the near future. It also could mean the team might be more interested than they otherwise would be in retaining free-agent-to-be Brian Urlacher.

    Marinelli is one of the most highly regarded assistants in the league because of his abilities as a defensive line tutor, motivator and strategist. If the Bears hire a young head coach, or an inexperienced head coach, Marinelli would provide another benefit because he has head-coaching experience and could be an adviser of sorts.

    If Marinelli is retained, he and the new head coach could decide to retain other defensive assistants from Smith's staff.

    Quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates also remains a possibility to return because of his connection with Jay Cutler.

    The interview process kept humming along Monday, when Bears general manager Phil Emery interviewed Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman in Chicago, according to ESPN Cleveland. Trestman was also reportedly speaking with the Browns about their head coaching vacancy.

    Other interviews are expected to take place this week, including Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, as well as Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Thursday.

    Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was released from a Baltimore hospital Monday and is likely to interview soon as well.

    Some of the candidates the Bears are interested in, especially Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, might be in greater demand after Oregon coach Chip Kelly informed teams he would not take an NFL job this year.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Bates needs to go either way. The offense needs a completely clean slate

  • For all you sports parents out there, this Dr. Andrews book sounds like a must read...

    Most Dangerous Sport: Cheer-leading

    " Dr. James Andrews has one of those names you’ve read a million times. But you’ve never really heard what’s on his mind until now. Andrews, the preeminent orthopedic surgeon to sports stars, teamed up with Don Yaeger to write Any Given Monday.

    The book would be a lot more interesting if Andrews went into detail about the work he did with players like Troy Aikman, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith, Terrell Owens, Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford. But the book isn’t about that. It’s about how Andrews’ work with star athletes has taught him lessons that can benefit youth sports. This is a book for parents and youth coaches and administrators.

    Andrews writes about the specific injury perils in baseball, basketball, cycling, dance, equestrian sports, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, in-line skating, skateboarding, lacrosse, martial arts, rowing, rugby, running, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. He also writes about what could be the most dangerous “sport” of all, cheerleading. NCAA medical reports indicate that 25 percent of the insurance money spent on college athletes’ injuries are for cheerleaders. In 2008, 30,000 cheerleaders took trips to the emergency room.

    Girls soccer is another sport more dangerous than you might imagine. Andrews writes that girl soccer players suffer more concussions than athletes in any other sport other than football.

    Andrews says 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 are treated for sports related injuries every year, and 50 percent of those injuries are related to overuse.

    His message, and it’s an important one, is we can avoid a lot of these injuries. The first step is education."

  • Sounds like a good one 4e. I've got two playing sports. My 12 year old loves football and I keep thinking I need to get him out. I'll give it a read for sure.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    The crazy part is that cheerleading has so many injuries. Never really thought about that. We had a male cheerleader in our school, and everyone just assumed he was gay.

    Turns out, he was as manly as any of us on the football team!

    The girl soccer concussion stat is a bit startling too.

    I just don't think there's any "safe" contact sports for kids.

    Kinda glad I was raised on baseball in retrospect. I didn't play b-ball or football in organized sports til I was 12 (though played both on the street before that, so there's that factor too).

  • Crazy like a fox. The guy got feel up ALL the female cheerleaders as part of his job REQUISITE! Who knows how many he actually got "friendly" with..?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No, turns out, he really was gay. I guess he was "in the closet" but never really tried all that hard to stay in it. He was a cool guy though. He used to pick me and my best bud up for school almost every morning cause neither of us had cars, and we literally had to walk miles to go to school cause we didn't go to the "ghetto" school in our district.

    Even hooked me up with his hot younger sis. Brown curly hair and hazel eyes...she used to practice his routine with him in the, maybe I'll look her up on Facebook lol

  • I'm sure he wasn't giving you those rides cause he was cool maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am a handsome fellow!

    I thought about that possibility afterwards...the way I look at it, he saved me from waking up at 6am and walking my ass about 3 miles AND he hooked me up with his hot sis.

    All in all, not a bad trade. Just gave him some gas money from time to time.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • Looking up chicks you remember as being hot is sometimes an eye-opener, and proof that far away hills are greener ... well, they were just really average.

  • It only proves greener hills are greener.

  • I've said this before:

    Football was one of the best parts of my life and I feel HONORED to have been able to play at 3 or 4 levels. Literally it is still the best time I've ever had... I LOVED that game. Like going to war... my friends from high school and college ball are still my very best friends in life. There’s nothing like it, seriously.

    That all said... if they don't come up with answers, I'm not letting my son play. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and a) I'm not one to TELL my kids what they can and can't do when it comes to things like that, and b) I will do it with a great amount of sadness that he won't get to experience it... there is NO other sport like football. There simply isn't.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Boxing comes close, imo. Maybe not these days, but it used to. In my family, an Ali fight was like the Superbowl & Series combined. My dad counted down the hours.

    You don't want your son Boxing either, I suppose? You're going to turn that kid into a cheerleader (kidding).

    I'd like to see a couple of heavyweights go at it wearing football helmets. My guess is, one of them would leave the ring on a stretcher.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    By which I mean, the helmets might not reduce brain/brainstem/spine damage. They'd definitely add weight and size to the head, torque to the punches.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been wondering what you thought on this subject MB. My kid plays. He loves it and he's good at it. Not D1 college material but good enough to likely be a starter somewhere on the defense in High School. He sat out his 7th grade year after we talked about the head injuries. His choice. It ate him up inside not to be out there and it killed me to see him want it like that and not do it. We're going to have a decision to make as next summer approaches. I hate the thought of saying no. I also hate the thought of damaging his brain.
    Would love a DBB poll on this issue. I know a lot of you guys played. Would like to know what you think.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Never played organized ball. Played a lot of sandlot until about 21. It was always tackle. I remember people getting their bell rung ocassionally but I was one of the lucky ones (never got my bell rung playing football). I've been knocked out a couple of times doing other stuff. I don't have kids so I'm not sure I get to vote. However, if I did, I'd say no to organized football. I'm not sure you could trust the coachs to take care of the kids (he's not hurt that bad, we need this win) and I'm not sure the kids would be up front about a KO. Nothing against anyone that feels differently. For the record, I loved playing football and was fearless but in HS I was 5'3" and 150. I was strong for my size and could run all day. Howvever, I can't run fast and I'm not particularly quick. Not exactly every coach's dream.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    canada, you were small... but slow.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whenever we used to run the mile in gym the coach always said he was timing me with a calendar. I ran about 6 minute miles so I wasn't as slow as the fat kids or the out of shape kids but that was all.

  • never mind all the teenage pregnancies that happen because of it.

  • Notre Dame getting the football equivalent of Spinal Tap's Smell the Glove.

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  • cutler-"capable of playing with just about any great qb in the league". LOL. no. just isn't good enough. always excuses for cutler. rodgers sacked more than cutler in the last 2 years, yet far outproduces him. he is one of those tantilizing players who shows such great physical talent, but never produces to the level he appears to be able to achieve. and never will.

  • In reply to catfish44:

    Plus he's a big pussy, unlike that great kamikaze warrior, RGIII.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    More on that from Mike Wise (same link I posted yesterday). Poor Mike had to huff jockstraps to summon the courage to write that piece, so be sure to read it.

  • In reply to catfish44:

    Rodgers has the best bunch of receivers in the NFL. It's not even close.

  • as i said, always the never ending excuses for cutler.

  • In reply to catfish44:

    When Rodgers OL went through a spell where they played as badly as the Bears OL always does, Rodgers looked very Cutler like.

  • In reply to catfish44:

    science has proven that green is the most QB-friendly color in the world. put rodgers on the cardinals and his QBR drops to 78.3

  • Mike Singletary is going to interview for the HC position!......Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Hey Mike, you wanna be linebacker coach? Maybe defensive coordinator someday?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I'd let him be linebacker coach, well, inside linebacker coach.

  • I'm betting Singletary has learned a lot From Leslie Frazier and Co. since the debacle in SF. I would not be surprised to see him as a Defensive Coordinator but for sure it would nice to get him back on the Bears in some capacity even as a linebacker coach...He would bring a fire-up attitude that's for sure.

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Unfortunate; they hire him as head coach and I'll have to become a Panther fan I fear.

  • Chicago options at tackle ranked according by PFF (which we now know, Emery takes into consideration).

    "A number of decisions are on GM Phil Emery’s desk as far as Bears free agents to be pursued and re-signed this offseason. Several are franchise-level choices with six ’12 starters unrestricted: guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer, linebackers Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher, tackle Jonathan Scott and defensive tackle Henry Melton.

    But what happens with certain other teams’ free agents on or before the Mar. 12 start of free agency projects to be potentially every bit as significant for the Bears as what they do with some of their own.

    Many of the decisions obviously will be made with a new coach in place, both on Bears free agents and other teams’.

    The priority area is expected to be the offensive line. The draft is one option, where ESPN draft guru said are likely to be three left tackles and two RT’s going in the first round.

    Of more immediate impact, however, given that rookie tackles drafted around No. 20 where the Bears currently stand, aren’t always first-year difference makers, is what the unrestricted free agent market may hold.

    And if the new coach – someone like Houston’s Rick Dennison or Denver’s Mike McCoy – is a zone-blocking proponent, not every lineman is an automatic fit.

    Stat analysts at have an extensive list of the pending free-agent tackles that includes their in-depth rating, and there project to be some elites available for the Bears. The top five out of contracts:

    Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos - Handles Peyton Manning’s blind side in an offensive run by McCoy.

    Gosder Cherilus, Detroit Lions - A right tackle but played well enough that No. 1 pick Riley Reiff couldn’t beat him out. And it takes something away from a division rival.

    Will Beatty, N.Y. Giants - Fourth-rated LT who came back strong after missing time with a detached retina in 2011.

    Brandon Albert, Kansas City Chiefs - Emery didn’t draft him in Kansas City but familiarity counts if the talent and personality are fits.

    Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots - Another RT but a linchpin of the line that protects Tom Brady and is responsible for the rushers coming in Brady’s face.

    Emery expressed satisfaction with what the Bears got from Scott at right tackle. The evaluations of Scott, J’Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi will determine the push for whom or how many but at least the market in ’13 already projects as better than either of the past two offseasons. "

    - Moon Mullin

  • Radio says Ginny wanted Phillip to talk to Samurai Mike

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So she's OK with that whole pants dropping thing?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Was this SIngletary?

  • In reply to BillW:

    No kidding! I wouldn't hire him just for that reason. Other than he got Vernon Davis to grow up, what has he done as a coach? I don't get the faction that wants us to hire ex-Bears all the time. If they're good coaches, Fuck Yeah! If not, why hire them?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I suspect Singletary would make us miss Lovie. Badly.

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