Interesting tidbits on Bears head-coaching finalists

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Interesting tidbits on Bears head-coaching finalists

The past is often a window into an individuals future; what they have done, not done or experienced can provide a glimpse into how they will act or react in times to come. Where someone has been can be a clue to where they are going.

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The three finalists for the Bears head-coaching job have a number of interesting elements on their curricula NFL vitae:

The Bears have never hired a head coach who has been a pro head coach previously in his career. Two of the three have not only been head coaches; they have been successful in those jobs.

Bruce Arians was 9-3 as interim Indianapolis Colts head coach last season when coach Chuck Pagano was away for leukemia treatments. Marc Trestman has coach the Montreal Alouettes since 2007.

Darrell Bevell has coached against the Bears every season of his NFL life. He was a Green Bay assistant from 2000-2005; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator from 2006-2010; and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator in 2011-2012.

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All have been quarterback position coaches. All coached quarterbacks who won Super Bowls in their careers (Arians, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger; Bevell, Brett Favre; Trestman, Steve Young).

All three were themselves Division I college quarterbacks: Arians at Virginia Tech; Bevell at Wisconsin; and Trestman at Minnesota.

All three candidates were in the 2012 playoffs but their teams were losers in their last games. The Colts lost in the 2012 wild-card round, although Arians was hospitalized with a virus for the game. Bevells Seahawks staged a dramatic comeback in the divisional round against Atlanta but lost in the final 8 seconds. Trestman and the Alouettes lost to the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup semifinals last Nov. 18.

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All three coached against Lovie Smith. Arians with Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, with Cleveland vs. Smith as Rams defensive coordinator; Bevell with Green Bay, Minnesota and Seattle; Trestman with Oakland vs. Smith as St. Louis defensive coordinator and with Detroit vs. Smith as Tampa Bay linebackers coach.

The Bears were not caught up in landing the hot young candidate. Arians is the oldest of the 13 candidates at 60. Trestman turns 57 on Tuesday. Bevell is 43.

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Back in 1992 the Dallas Cowboys were in draft deliberations around the No. 17 spot of the first round, looking for upgrades on defense. A scout made a suggestion that they target Ohio State defensive end Alonzo Spellman, one of the most physically imposing (6-4, 280 pounds) players and best athletes in that draft.
 
Coach Jimmy Johnson responded, "Tell me about the production."
 
Came back the answer: Three years at OSU, nine total sacks.
 
"Oh, please!" Johnson scoffed, calling in cornerback Kevin Smith and leaving Spellman to the Bears at No. 22. Spellman had several respectable seasons but never more than 8.5 sacks in nine NFL seasons.
 
As investment advisers counsel, past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future results. But past performance can be, and an axiom in NFL personnel rooms is, look at the film.
 
CSNChicago.com is doing that as the NFL Scouting Combine approaches (Feb. 29) along with free agency and the start of the league year and its trading window. It becomes an increasingly relevant exercise to look at the intricacies behind some of the key players and positions the Bears will be addressing through the upcoming weeks. CSNChicago.com previously looked at the need to evaluate quarterbacks from the intangible standpoints first, then the measurables.
 
Using Jay Cutler as an object lesson for how immense physical skills have questionable correlations to immense NFL performance, a look at one aspect of quarterback "film" warrants more attention than the measurables that command a disproportionate share of attention and scrutiny.
 
Ball security.
 
It has been Cutler's single biggest issue through his eight Bears seasons, was a reason why coaches once wanted to stay with Josh McCown instead of returning to Cutler following a Cutler injury absence, and why Brian Hoyer played his way into prominence in the discussion of 2017 Bears plans. Adam Gase went from offensive coordinator to hottest head-coach prospect in no small measure because he managed Cutler into better ball security.

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But the point here is less Cutler – expected to be traded or released within the near future – than the level of ball security in the available options beyond Hoyer.
 
So, look at the film:
 
The widespread drooling over a possible trade with New England for Jimmy Garoppolo. The best thing in Garoppolo's favor is that he has been a Patriots backup to Tom Brady. Garoppolo, drawing distant comparisons to a Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel and other past experience-lite quarterback options, has thrown 94 NFL passes without an interception, which is impressive until matched against Hoyer's 200 last season without an interception, for comparison purposes.
 
But evaluating Garoppolo against the coming chief draft competition – DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson – suggests comparing apples to apples, meaning college ball security, since that's all the kids have to this point.
 
Garoppolo vaulted up draft boards (to New England's second round) on the strength of an Eastern Illinois senior season with 53 touchdown passes vs. nine interceptions, against chiefly FCS opposition. But in his first three seasons Garoppolo threw for 65 touchdowns and was intercepted 42 times.
 
Kizer? In his two Notre Dame seasons, 47 touchdowns, 19 interceptions.
 
Trubisky? 30 touchdowns last season, six interceptions. Including his two years as a North Carolina backup, 41 touchdowns, 10 interceptions.
 
Watson? 90 touchdowns, 32 interceptions in three Clemson seasons, the last two as Tigers starter.
 
Observations:
 
Garoppolo put in four college seasons, but has a little of the Trubisky/Flynn/Cassel, one-year-wonder feel. 
 
Kizer and Watson have more starting seasons, but the Watson intangible of getting his team to two national-championship games speaks to another level of "intangible."
 
GM Ryan Pace will incorporate heavy input from coach John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains. Coaches love ball security. Garoppolo? Watson? Trubisky? Kizer?
 
Look at the film.

BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

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BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

In this edition of the BearsTalk podcast, CSN's Chris Boden, Sun-Times Bears beat writer Patrick Finley, and CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch discuss the Bears' approach to the two-week window opening to franchise-tag Alshon Jeffery again, the risk/reward in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo or drafting a QB (and how high to draft one), Scott's 2.0 mock draft, plus the workers' compensation controversy the team found itself in last week and the club's decision to raise ticket prices.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: