Thoughts on Dennison, Trestman and why no Lovie?

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Thoughts on Dennison, Trestman and why no Lovie?

Keyshawn Johnson nailed a big spike squarely on the head during ESPNs Sunday NFL Countdown when he voiced some exasperation at the seeming lack of play Lovie Smith is getting for head-coaching jobs.

Johnson was a little more understanding of the firing than Mike Ditka was but he scoffed at the NFLs lemming tendencies are head-shaking when you see the rush toward virtually any coach who has ever used the word offense in a complete sentence.

The Bears have IDd nine candidates, of which seven are offensive coaches and the other two from special teams. There has been some NFL fascination with Chip Kelly because of the Oregon coachs offensive pyrotechnics.

The most balanced Bears candidate at this point is Rick Dennison. As first reported by ESPN, the Bears asked for and received permission to interview the Houston Texans offensive coordinator, who also happens to have coached special teams and played linebacker for nine seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Smith interviewed for the Buffalo job but the Bills instead scrambled to hire Syracuses Doug Marrone, 48, whod won a bowl game this season and gotten the Orangemens program turned around in four years. He also has been an offensive coordinator with New Orleans and O-line coach with the Jets.

Scrambled is the apt term, because the Bills jumped to Marrone after Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was on hold while he interviewed elsewhere, including Chicago.

Bruce Arians

You wonder if Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians being hospitalized with flu and being unable to coach in the Colts playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens will hurt his stock. It shouldnt, but anyone whos ever applied for a job knows that you dont want to call in sick for the interview, and the Colts game with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck against Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata is resume moment for Arians.

Marc Trestman

If the name of candidate Marc Trestman sounds familiar, its because Trestman was on a short list of candidates for Bears offensive coordinator in 2001 when the Bears needed a replacement for Gary Crowton. The problem, for Trestman and Chris Palmer, another leading option, was that Dick Jauron was viewed as on a one-year leash after two losing seasons and prospects wanted a multi-year contract for security in case Jauron was fired.

The Bears werent willing to go three years and instead went with promoting John Shoop. Trestman went on to Oakland and eventually to the Montreal Alouettes but Phil Emery was a Bears scout at the time that Trestman was under consideration.

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: