Trestman, the Anti-Ditka, Very Easy to Root For

Trestman, the Anti-Ditka, Very Easy to Root For

A lot was made last week of Mike Ditka's return to the Chicago Bears practice field  - reportedly for the first time since his unceremonious dismissal at the hands of the mighty Michael McCaskey. And while I don't put much stock in symbolic motivation and rah rah speeches, I do recognize the importance of 2013 in the Bears life of Ditka. The final chapter of Da Coach's sporting biography in this city began last week on the practice field and will conclude with his jersey number being locked in the great safe of immortality on Monday night, December 9th.

Marc Trestman is the anti-Ditka. He is polite. He is genial. He is cerebral to the point of nerdiness. Whereas Ditka's Grabowski act endeared him to every bar stool Joe on the South Side, Trestman has emerged from an offensive system foreign to this land and a resume with international flavor. Ditka was pulled over for one of the most famous DUIs in Chicago history. Trestman looks like he's never tasted alcohol. On the surface one would find it very hard to see the new head coach as a match for the broad shouldered town he is now tasked with providing their first Super Bowl title in almost thirty years.

That's the book's cover. The pages tell a different tale.

Marc Trestman is a football lifer. He didn't have a father entrenched in the coaching world like so many of the prominent names in coaching seem to have. He had his own football acumen and an astounding work ethic. After playing some college quarterback in the state of Minnesota, he spent twenty years coaching every position possible on the offensive side of the game.

He was successful - again and again - but constantly feuded with head coaches whom Trestman (without admitting it) must have believed he was smarter than. He wanted his own team, his own franchise. More than wanting it he believed it was deserved. When it didn't come in the United States, Trestman found the position in Montreal. And what did he do? He won. A lot.

Trestman's ascension to head coach of one of the most prominent teams in all of sports is a testament to both his intelligence and, more importantly, his tenacity. He won't bark and scowl at the media like Ditka famously did. He won't be shilling for car dealerships and chunky soup. He won't be opening a steakhouse...yet. He will coach football because other than being a successful husband and father, that's all Trestman knows how to do.

At fifty-seven years old Trestman has achieved his life's dream and his storyline should be the type of tale fathers and mothers tell their kids. It ain't always going to be easy, this life. Getting what you want is pretty damn hard. And sometimes you have to get off the highway and take the back roads to reach your desired location. Sometimes those back roads are in Canada.


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  • First beyaches..."Cacaw..Cacaw"!!!

  • The "Anti-Ditka"???!!!! blogfader....really???!!! the real "Anti-Ditka" was that pile of steamer ..LDL..crikey...he got his handle "LDL" from being that steamer......LIMP DICK LOVIE!!!!!...I've seen more emotion in the lats three preseasons than LDL tenure...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Very good point, Lobo. +1

  • Its too bad SNL sucks so bad these days (If its even still on TV). I'd love to see a bit with Ditka and Trestman characters and some 1980's style Bear fans like George Wendt used to play.

  • So when do they start serving Poutine at Soldier Field? Because that would be pretty awesome.

  • Some of the early skepticism on Trestman based him being North of the Border for the last 5 years is laughbale when one bothers to look at his entire coaching resume. Many "pundits" spoke as if Trestman had no NFL credientials.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No shit Al. Nothing but success wherever he goes. I can see him being the anti-Ditka in winning more than one Lombardi.

  • I hope he turns out to be the Bears' Bill Walsh.

  • My nickname for him would be "The Professor".

    (Cue onslaught "Gilligan's Island" comments).

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    sooooo, lovie was Gilligan and angelo the skipper? Or were they both Gilligan?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dunno. I'm looking for Ginger and MaryAnn to show up.

    And to answer that age old questuion: MaryAnn.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


  • Message to FOX SPORTS 1:

    STOP being ESPN 3. OR worse, ESPN, Junior.

    Your clowns are so busy trying to take the concept of "See how Snarky I can be" to new heights that they are doing a piss-poor job with the highlights.

    The capper of trying to sample your fare came when I saw that your first THREE "highlights" of the Pirates-Giants game yesterday were of the left field ball boy mishandling fouls. I promptly clicked away.

    Why not try something different, like ...

    Completely TRASH the less-than-clever/ridiculously snarky/hackneyed nuvo cliches talking heads patter and just play it straight on the highlights AND, by eliminating the needless patter and shots of talking heads, SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS!

    THAT would be different.

    THAT would be refreshing.

    THAT would be a promotional angle.

    "FOX SPORTS 1: Fewer talking heads and MORE HIGHLIGHTS than the 4-letter wonks!"

    Inside we get ...

    "FOX SPORTS ONE: WE insult your intelligence, too".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Apparently that is the formula Al. These drones in the media lack sufficient imagination to do anything other than follow.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    or maybe show some hockey highlights. i, and a few others across this great land of ours, would appreciate that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I see Keith Olberman has a late night show on four letter # 2. I watched for about 1 minute and had to turn it off. He's definitely in my top 10 biggest douches.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    massive. pompous ass

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Accurate, but also an understatement.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    ESPN bring him back, even on "The Deuce" is the equivalent of the Bears rehiring Wanny.

    Did they NOT see where that self-important, arrogant, PhD (piled higher and deeper) snob took MSNBC and at least 2 other cable channels?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    MSNBC is still trying to follow his "formula" with people like Rachel Maddow and wondering why they can't get as many viewers as infomercials.

    Side note. One of my best friends worked with Ed Schultz for many years in Fargo. Ed is probably his least favorite human being. Ed's wife at the time was a top anchorwoman in Fargo. She had to take about 8 months off work. She must have "fell down the stairs" or something, then promptly divorced him.

  • thanks Chole indeeeeed!!

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Twitter is weird. Spend morning writing column in praise of Marc Trestman's perseverance & his daughter is 1st to favorite it. Thanks Chloe.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No wonder Trestman is so smart, he reads dah blog!

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    fuck yeah...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you scroll down a few rows (3rd row, 2nd from right), there's a nifty picture of him when he was a QB for Minnesota:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Jebus, young Trestman uncannily resembles the Night Stalker!

  • hahahahaha

  • good write up Jeff. I like trestman and think we'll be much more successful under him and emery than the last two fucking clowns.

    And that's what these two make those two look like more and more. A couple on bumbling fools who lucked and stumbled their way around with hit and miss players, results, and tenures. Good fucking riddance to the old, I am really liking the new so far.

  • Forte is looking STRONG this year. I wish I had him in my FF league. Blocks were looking good, espescially the downfield blocks. I think we're in for one fun year!

  • I mentioned in the last thread how much I've been liking the downfield blocking by the pass receivers. Even without Earl in there.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    +1 After watching the highlights from this past week, I would agree with you whole heartedly. Seems like we finally have an offensive mind in Chicago.

  • pretty fucking weak... look likes something pete carroll would do at SC, but he would have pulled it off MUCH better. Weak execution, but pretty funny reaction at least:

    jesus, what a shitshow:

  • Every time I read this it strikes me (Cutler on Long and Mills):

    "They get better and better each week. The thing about them is, they want to do it. They're excited about it. It matters to them,..."

    Jay pointing this out is a not-so-subtle reminder to his teammates (and no doubt guys like Webb in particular) of their responsibility to each other to get continually strive to get better.

    Naturally I think, there were concerns about leadership post-Urlacher. My perception is that Jay is doing and saying things to make this his team. For example, recently saying after three years he was used to Tice, but now they have four preseason games. I really like him accepting no bullshit accountability - its part of the maturation process of the guy we're banking on to lead the navy & orange to the promised land *this year*. I know some of you think I don't much like Jay, but to call me encouraged would be a big understatement.

    On the other side of the ball, you still read about Peppers practicing harder than anyone on the team. Whether or not Lance was correct, his immediate defense of Bostic indicates another guy stepping up to fill the void.

    Right now, things are going well (albeit against weak opposition) and I like what I'm seeing from vets and youngsters alike. Bears players often talk about their locker room, and it seems the realization is there that it is truly about *them* more than about Lovie or any other coach for that matter. And it may be that Trestman's actual shuffling of the lockers was his way of making his mark there.

    Despite the months that have passed and that we've done the vast majority of the waiting already, the opener still seems a long ways off.

    Damn I'm ready for it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I agree, Dave, on the difference the new coach seems to be making as well as being ready to get the real games under way. It's been the longest offseason I can remember. Like the night before Christmas.

  • ***IGNORE IF YOU ARE MB******

    Hey folks, it's that time of year where I set up the annual DBB Pick 'Em League!

    For all the newcomers, you simply pick against the spread each week and rate each game with confidence points. E.g. If you pick the Bears -4 against the Bengals week 1 with 16 confidence and the Bears win (naturally), you get a nice cool 16 points.

    Not so much bragging rights from this as from FF (curse you Butch!), but it's interesting to see how much money you would lose if you were silly enough to follow your terrible picks.

    link to site:

    click on join a group. It's on Yahoo but you can sign in with google or facebook if you are 12.

    Group ID = 38240
    password = number6

    This will be posted once every thread or so.


    For MB by way of apology - some Kate Upton!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    hahahahaha... thanks DY. no need at all to apologize my man... but I do appreciate the upton. As always.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, you did get me. Nicely done.... cunt.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I'm in, thanks.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    That does looks interesting, but still clueless how it works.

    For instance, I see that the Steelers are at 91% while the Titans are at 9%.

    Do the percentage points have nothing to do with the Vegas line or predictions? Confused.

    How many "confidence points" is one team given per week?

    How many teams are in the league?

  • Steelers 91% is just how the mass punters are picking. Not sure if that's against the spread or not. Does not effect your picks at all, but it may cause a swing in the spread, so it's best not to make your picks too early.

    It is one mass league, played weekly until the end of the season. I give some leeway and allow each players 3 worst weekly scores to be removed from the record.

    Each week you get confidence points corresponding to the umber of games played (1-16 points on non bye weeks, less on bye weeks).

    You assign confidence points to each match up. 16 being your most confident result, 1 being your least. Every result you get correct gives you that point total, and all the points you earn each week are recorded.

    So again, using my previous example, if you were 100% confident the bears would beat the spread week 1, put 16 points on them. Whereas if you were unsure that the Giants could beat the Spread againts the Boys, put, say, 3 points.

    It's real easy.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Ah, I see. So basically just predict against the spread with 1-16 confidence points. Got it.

    So there's no limit as to how many teams join? I'll probably decide later once I calculate how this league affects my FF teams.

    I win FF because of my collective unconscious. That's right - getting all Jungian here.

    It's interesting to see some of the early %.

    For instance, 79% are picking Chiefs over Jags at home.

    It seems like the worst teams will always be picked only like 5% of the time.

  • I am really starting to like Kyle Long. He just brings that toughness to our line that not only aren't you gonna mess with him; your not gonna mess with anyone in a Bears uniform in front of him without consequences.

    How long have we complained about our offensive line and the lack of attitude, Trestman goes and replaces 4/5 of our line and the attitude in one fell swoop.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    On that play Maneri got drive blocked back into the play. Don't know about that kid, but he's looking like the run blocking TE to start.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    Long pushes that DE like a rag doll. Then, when that other guy (LB/DE?) starts pushing, Long just stiff arms him with one arm and that dude can't go forward even though he's all angry.

    That is some scary strength.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    24-0... think they were a little.... frustrated?

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    I'm just imaging the exchange between Cutler and Long...

    "Settle Kyle"
    "I'm good, but no one is fucking with us"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If only one of them had been mic'd up for a preseason game... Long I think would be especially fun to listen to sans editing.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Do you know who my motherfucking dad is bitch... do you know who's blood I have running through these veins? Bitch?!

    btw, watch the fucking video to see how football used to be played. Man, must have sucked to be a QB in the 80s. Yikes!

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    Couple crowns to the back of the shoulder blade, a few earhole shots... nothing much...

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    hahahahaha... exactly mike.

  • Emery likes Trestman because he shares his story. Getting the first taste at Head Coach in the NFL at 57. These guys toiled underneath lesser people for many years.

    I'm still unsure about Emery. I still think he's too clever by half, and perhaps that's because they let Hardin go today. But I'm going to ignore "pundit" draft grades going forward and make up my own mind about things. Dinner may have some game left, although Chandler was the right pick. Long is a road grader, though I think we could have had him in Rnd 2 and taken Eifert. Whatever.

    These guys are enjoying their late in life fortune. When Joniak asked Trestman how many years he thought he would be here, he said all that matters is today and this season. Win now, let the rest sort itself out.

    This team looks coached and prepared so much better than last year. So much better than under Martz. The clowns are gone. We have a lot of talent. We can win the division and contend if we stay healthy. It will be a lot of fun to see this team do battle, starting with Marvin Lewis and the Bungles.

    Also, Zibrowski and Shabba were released today.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good answer to a very poor and what I consider inappropriate question from Joniak.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It would have been cooler if Trestman had responded, "37 years, 233 days, 22 hours and 31 minutes."

    Then stared at Joniak blinklessly for a minute.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have had a good feeling about Emery since he came on board. Night and day difference from Angelo. He's on a mission, Angelo was on a bus, with LDL, just goin' wherever, smokin doobies and singing along to Beiber.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, drafts are always a crap shoot. Brady was a 6th rounder, and we could collectively name 200 first round picks worse than CD without breaking a sweat.

    The big pick from Emery, by at least two orders of magnitude, is Trestman. And I have a really good feeling about that.

  • Happy to see a thread not labeled "Meaningless".

  • Sometimes I forget what a great football town Sac is. 2 of the Beloved are on this list.

  • Good thought just above GP. I said my peace above you.

    I am chalking up emery's first draft to lovie, tice, and marinara - maybe emery's one pick was Ashlon. Think about that possibility. Dinner was obviously mari's, hardin was def lovie (white safety, common!), and I think erod was tice'. Maybe emery got another pick with frey. don't know how possible/probably that theory is, but...

    I personally have to choose to believe it, besides this year looked MUCH different than last. so at least I have some form of early back up at this juncture.

    And... OH NO! Hardin's gone!?!?!?!?!??! You mean they let him go cause he wasn't that good and was made of porcelain? Noooooooo?!?!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hardin is cut? LINK, please.

    I may have to change my other FF name. Hardin-Easyout.

    Then again, it fits so well.

  • Yeah, I can't find anything on that either...

  • Hahahahahaha... I like that one!

  • upto I saw the check saying $7450, I didnt believe brothers friend was like realey bringing in money parttime online.. there sisters roommate has been doing this for under 23 months and resantly repayed the mortgage on their place and bourt themselves a BMW. this is where I went

  • In reply to randdy:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, take it

  • In reply to randdy:

    Was this written in ebonics?

  • Good god don't respond to that think, unless it's a denial of service attack on that website.

    Although I must say the grammar/spelling is almost comically bad.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    from now on i will use the word "resantly" whenever possible.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    That was the first one I noticed, Johnny, and I had it in my post. Then I went back and read the rest and there was too much at which to poke fun.

    Pathetic, eh?

  • C.....T......E


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They neglected to mention what Aaron does with the peanut butter, his balls, and his dog.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    hahahahahahaha... I shudder to think.


    Ender got cut by the chargers... kinda surprised that Dombrowski got cut. Anyone know his dealio?

    braylon edwards or josh cribbs anyone?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Da'Rick? Really?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Anyone else notices the OT named Bruce Campbell who the Panthers cut?

    Hail to the king... baby.

  • Any of you guys seen jazz77 around here? That bitch's roommate stole my beemer and her brother robbed me at gunpoint to pay his mortgage.

  • In reply to Crown:

    hahahahaha... fucking crown.

  • In reply to Crown:

    lol, fucking literally. Thanks Crown! :)

  • In reply to Crown:

    +1 Magic

  • In reply to Crown:

    Sweet! Crown, how was that concert?

  • Hey GP, just watched the Belgium Grande Prix

    Fucking so amazing seeing the driver view of those guys driving man. Fucken A, scary shit.

    1. Sebastian Vettle in the redbull/infinity, 2. Alonso in the ferrari, and 3. Hamilton in the merc.

    Insane man. Wow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh and now I'm watching the Top Gear Festival in Sydny.

    Just watched the Stig do a lap in the new McLaren. 1:13. They had the redbull/infinity F1 do it in 1:14. Damn.

    Love that fucking show. the american version was dogshit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The American version sucks, mainly because Tanner Foust is the anti-Jezza. He's such a smug little prick you want to kick him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As opposed to Jezza, who is a smug big prick, but hilarious in doing so. Devil is in the details.

  • Black Uni had "heart-to-heart" with Onubum.

    I imagine it went something like this:

  • that movie was so fucking awesome. my god they don't make em like that anymore.

    Oh stewardess... I speak Jive.

  • When Biggsy reports it, it's almost a done deal.

    No bueno for Blanchard,0,6790812.story

    Here's another thought.

    Why aren't back-up centers ALSO starting long-snappers? As much as I like Pat, it seems like an extra roster spot that can be used.

  • Just guessing, but could that be the reason why Boggs is still around? He's a little under sized but getting lots of playing time.


    that's for you trac.

    and just for fun, one of my favorite scenes:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Never heard of most of those guys. This year is going to fun and I can't wait to see how the first month of competition plays out.

  • More evidence that it is our responsibility to take care of our parents when they get old and feeble instead of passing the buck to a nasty assisted living facility. I have visited quite a few of them and even the ones that look decent on the surface normally are understaffed and have unqualified staff. If you love your parents, do whatever it takes to take them in when the time comes.,0,1482135.story

  • Ok, now I'm confused. I haven't listened to 670 for a few days now, but they said Hardin was gone with Shabba and Zib. But he's not on this list:

    But Marquess Wilson is on the list. But he's listed as a linebacker, which is wrong. Did we let Wilson go?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no, we let another Wilson go at LB. SBNation just sucks and that is why they got it wrong. They allow lazy reporting and articles on their site.

  • can we all be honest about the QB position?

    Blanchard is not an NFL quarterback and has shown terrible awareness and instincts in the pocket against 5th and 6th stringers when in the game.

    When developing a QB you are supposed to be developing TOP college talent. Let's look at every successfull QB in the league and really be honest about which ones were top talents and top picks and those who are "developmental" prospects.

    I can't think of 1 fucking quarterback in this league worth a shit that wasn't a top 1 or 2 pick (besides Wilson - a top pick if he wasn't a midget). Can we stop with the "developing Blanchard" talk please?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    yes please god. If we want a backup we should take wallace or even boytoy mcCoy (there you are Scarf).

    Another related question... what in thee holy fuck happened to flynn?!?! man, that dude looked STRONG in for rodgers for what, 3-4 games a couple years ago. System?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fuck yes it was the system.

    He had 5 WR's that could have started on every team in league. his backup TE's were all better than our starting tightends and McCarthy is a great playcaller.

    I want to kill myself when i hear people talking about "elite" quarterbacks. They are just good quarterbacks with some combination of great weapons , great lines, great playcalling, and continuity.

    Also, when I make this argument and then someone comes back with a once in a decade or once in a half a century QB it's embarassing.

    It's like saying, yeah, that Cutler guy? He's no hall of famer that we'll be talking about in 30 years. What a bum.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    yeah, agree... but the dude still had to throw the ball and he looked really solid for a few games, not just one (ahem... I'm looking at you fucking hanie).

    I get he might not be another rodgers, but didn't think they guy'd be total dogshit.

    Oh, and new thread my maingses

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    He was dogshit.

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    In reply to Waffle:

    Matt Flynn got more out of being a back up in a phenomenal system with great players than any player ever.

    Put Cutler there, or in Baltimore, or New England, or even Detroit or Minnesota and he'd be the elite QB. Put any of the "elite" QB in any of our offenses in the past 4 years and they''d be average. Rodgers in Chicago, without an o-line and with TE's who can't catch and Devin Hester as the #1 receiver... Joe Flacco.... might be out of the league. Eli Manning, Drew Brees, all staring up at the numbers that #6 has put up in this shit storm

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