If Bears' Trestman is Willy Wonka, is Martellus Bennett Charlie?

If Bears' Trestman is Willy Wonka, is Martellus Bennett Charlie?
September 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Martellus Bennett is an entertaining dude.

From his "Black Unicorn" nickname to his pop culture references in media sessions, the Bears tight end is truly one-of-a-kind.

Earlier this week, Bennett may have dropped his best quote yet, comparing first-year Chicago head coach Marc Trestman to Willy Wonka from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" because of the brillance of the two men.

"I always say Coach Trestman reminds me of the first Willy Wonka," Bennett said on "The Jay Cutler Show" Monday. "Not the Johnny Depp one; the Johnny Depp one was really cool. But the first one, before that -- the 1943 version.

"If you really look at Coach, he's a genius. And a lot of times when you're around really, really smart people, you don't really understand them. I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. I mean, he had all kinds of candy. Who doesn't like chocolate and candies. Everybody wanted a Gobstopper. Ya know? I just think he's brilliant."

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So we've had a few days to mull this over, and we could see Trestman as Willy Wonka. This photo certainly helps:

(Photo courtesy of CBS Sports Eye on Football)


But if Trestman is Willy Wonka, does that make Bennett Charlie?

Charlie and Willy Wonka have a special connection in the popular children's book/movie, and it seems Trestman and Bennett do, too.

"I think me and Coach Trestman are probably the only two people that understand each other in the building," Bennett said and admitted Trestman calls him 'Rain Man' sometimes.

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"The Black Unicorn" (who is working on an Orange Dinosaur comic, by the way) clashed with his coaches during the first five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

So maybe Bennett punched his golden ticket when he signed with the Bears. He's already professed his appreciation for the Bears organization and the city of Chicago for embracing him just as he is.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (or "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory") was, at its core, a coming of age tale for the main character, Charlie.

Bennett, who said his XBox Live name is "Deep Dish Panda," may be coming of age in Chicago, as he's enjoying a breakout campaign in Trestman's offense. Through two games, Bennett has 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last week. He's on pace for 80 receptions and 1,000 yards.

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"I'm really starting to understand what all goes into playing football," Bennett said. "A lot of times, I used to put the cart before the horse, so to say. I'm involved in a lot of things. When things don't go your way on the field, you can start putting a lot more time into those other things that you're interested in.

"[I've really learned how to] develop a routine and study habits and learn from guys and listening. My listening skills have improved. I think my wife would probably agree."

If Bennett is, indeed, Charlie, then maybe the other tight ends that came before him in Chicago are like the other children in the Chocolate Factory that didn't make it to the end of the tour.

You know, like Kellen Davis could be the girl who transforms into a giant blueberry and Matt Spaeth could be the boy who shrinks.

As for the Oompa-Loompas...well, why don't we just stop the comparisons there and leave that untouched?