Yesterday the panel at Comcast Chicago's Sports Talk Live discussed Bears coach Mark Trestman's grade for his work thus far.
It got me to thinking what kind of grade I would give the first year head coach.
I'm going to go with a solid B+.
Sure, there have been some game management decisions that we would all like to have back. However, Trestman has done what he was brought here to do. He has given the Bears not only a legit offense but, a top-five offense that can compete in today's NFL.
He has worked well with his star pupil and gotten results out of the complicated QB Jay Cutler, all in limited fashion. He even managed to keep his offense humming under a journey man signal caller in Josh McCown.
His leadership has been apparent and vocalized by his players, albeit mostly by those on the offensive side of the ball.
The real tricky part for the Trestman takeover was a defense that was heavily, and probably overly loyal to former coach Lovie Smith. Some of the veteran defensive players have likely resented the rather quick identity change the team has experienced under Trestman.
It's not easy to take over a club when half of the group didn't think a change was necessary.
The transformation to an offensive identity has been nothing short of remarkable. You have to give GM Phil Emery a lot of credit for giving Trestman the weapons, but the head coach has made the most out of them, and then some in my opinion.
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