Harris: Trestman and Smith different, yet similar

Harris: Trestman and Smith different, yet similar
May 20, 2013, 11:15 am
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Coach Marc Trestman has yet to be seen raising his voice at practices, not unlike his predecessor. One school of thought suggests that this could be a positive.

Lovie Smith was not a yell’er, which clearly did not lessen his standing with players. Indeed, given the criticisms leveled at former GM Jerry Angelo for failed efforts in quality talent procurement, a case could be made that Smith got more out of less than most. The Bears were 81-63 under Smith, so either Angelo’s talent acquisitions were actually pretty good or Smith was.

In spite of his demeanor.

The change from Smith to Trestman lies on side of the ball: Smith from a defensive background, Trestman from offense.

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One individual familiar with both sees threads of consistency, arguably a good thing for a veteran team.

“Marc is a very even-keeled guy, doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low,” former safety and current assistant coach Chris Harris told CSNChicago.com this weekend at the Bears Care Gala. “I know it’s only May now but he’s the same guy all the time.”

Which was how most characterized Smith.

“Similar,” Harris said. “They don’t raise their voices. I think coach Trestman is going to be really good.”

Harris speaks from an opponent’s point of view, knowing offensive coaches from playing against them for the most part. “I don’t think I’ve ever played for an offensive coach, other than just last year in Jacksonville with coach [Mike] Mularkey,” he said, laughing.

And that lasted just from last Oct. 15 through Nov. 28.

Harris announced his retirement on Jan. 26 this year and two days later was hired by the Bears as a quality control coach and de facto assistant coach -– adding to the staff a second-team All-Pro (2010) with seven playoff starts and 16 career interceptions.