Update: Trestman says he has not heard from Bears


Update: Trestman says he has not heard from Bears

Longtime coach and commentator Jimmy Johnson sent a spasm through social media on Friday when he tweeted to the effect that Marc Trestman looks like the new head coach of the Chicago Bears:On @JimmyJohnson: Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs..Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to ChicagoChud is Rob Chudzinski, the newly minted head coach of the Cleveland Browns; Trestman was Johnsons quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami.
UPDATE: Tresman spent a reported eight hours interviewing with Bears general manager Phil Emery last Monday and probably about that amount of time again Friday dealing with the fallout from coach and FOX analyst Jimmy Johnsons tweet that Trestman had the Bears head-coaching job.Trestman expressly said via email to the Montreal Gazette (montrealgazette.com) that, I have not heard from the Bears and have responded in that manner on multiple levels. Thanks.Trestman may indeed become the next Bears head coach. Piecing together input from various sources leads to the preliminary sense that the short list after the first wave of Phil Emery interviews will include Trestman, Bruce Arians from Indianapolis, Rick Dennison from Houston and Mike McCoy from Denver.
More: Trestman should be considered serious candidateThe problem is that for Trestman to be the guy at this point would mean that Emery, after laying out a wide-ranging course and intent to be thorough, has done a personal 180, become the anti-methodical, and circumvented his own two-tier process of following initial interviews with follow-ups with 2-3 finalists that would include meets with Chairman George McCaskey and President Ted Phillips.Best guess is that Trestman has been in touch with Johnson and told him to be fitted for a muzzle. Few things turn off a prospective employer than hearing or reading that a candidate is putting out the word that he is the guy.
Related: Numbers grow, but Bears 'target' tough to IDEmery is interviewing other candidates. You can be assured that he now will be answering at least one pointed question from those candidates.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

Brian Hedger (nhl.com), Teddy Greenstein (Chicago Tribune) and Rich Campbell (Chicago Tribune) join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

The Bears reluctantly go back to Jay Cutler as the starter. Meanwhile, can the Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

The guys give their predictions for the Bulls season, Hedger dissects the Blackhawks penalty kill problems and Teddy explains why Michigan will win the Big Ten.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below:

Bears running back committee still a work in progress as ground game languishes

Bears running back committee still a work in progress as ground game languishes

The Bears have a fantasy football conundrum. Which of their running backs do they go with?

Jeremy Langford is listed as the starter. Then Ka’Deem Carey. Then Jordan Howard. Joique Bell was waived Monday, a clear statement that Langford is sufficiently back from the sprained ankle he suffered against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears have had three different leading rushers through seven games, which might be considered promising, except that none has established any sort of consistent identity with the opportunities.

The problem: in a production-based business, the depth chart is in inverse order of results. Howard is averaging 4.8 yards on his 73 carries and has a receiving and rushing touchdown. Carey is netting 4.7 on his 23, of which 10 came against the Green Bay Packers. Langford is rushing at the 3.7-yard average of his rookie season, but with two rushing touchdowns. Howard’s 14 pass receptions are nearly double the combined by Langford (5) and Carey (3).

And Howard has played 265 snaps, vs. 100 for Langford and 65 for Carey.

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But Howard was muzzled by the Packers and Langford is coming off a month’s worth of inactivity. And after averaging 116 rushing yards per game last season, the offense that was being committed to the run is down to 88 ground yards per game.

So who’s the Bears’ choice, because “committee” hasn’t exactly been the way, either. With the exception against the Jacksonville Jaguars when fullback Paul Lasike got a fourth-down rush for a first down, only once (Philadelphia Eagles) have the Bears had carries by all three running backs.

“When you look around the league, I don’t think many people are running it very effectively in general,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “I think in our division I think it’s maybe a little bit more important than it is league-wide. Again, to me the essence of football is still being able to stop the run and being able to run the ball. So we emphasize it quite a bit.”

If it’s being emphasized, that’s perhaps even more concerning. Better if the failed run game was due to neglect rather than an area of emphasis. And the reality is that it needs to succeed if the Bears are going to.

“We’ve got to keep running the ball well,” quarterback Jay Cutler said. “I don’t think we’re running the ball well the last couple of weeks as we wanted to. That three-game span we were doing OK [4.4 ypc. combined vs. Detroit-Indianapolis-Jacksonville].”