Trestman should be a serious candidate for Bears

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Trestman should be a serious candidate for Bears

The coaching career of Marc Trestman deserves a look from Phil Emery because its littered with success. Born just north in the land of 10,000 lakes, Trestman has served as head coach of the CFLs Montreal Alouettes the last five seasons while taking part in the cottage industry of preparing quarterbacks for the NFL Draft.

He taps into his great understanding of the position as Trestman played quarterback for the University of Minnesota Gophers before transferring his senior year to Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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Timing more than anything else, has been Trestmans biggest nemesis in the NFL, not his ability to coach. Everywhere Trestman has been hired to correct offensive issues, the head coach was fired. Through his travels, Trestman has tutored some of the NFLs greatest quarterbacks like Bernie Kozar, Steve Young and Rich Gannon.

Trestman even brought productivity to average quarterbacks like the Lions' Scott Mitchell who threw for 3,500 yards under Trestmans guidance or rookie quarterbacks like Arizona Cardinals' Jake Plummer, who burst onto the scene under Trestman.

For good measure, Treastman was so fed up with the NFL he went to Canada to finally call his own shots as head coach of the Montreal Allouettes, who have three Grey Cup Championship appearances in Treastmans five seasons.

Treastmans Allouettes have won two of those three Grey Cup Championships plus his quarterback Anthony Calvillo won back to back CFL MVP awards during the process.

Many who do not know, will downplay the CFL claiming it is not NFL caliber. Its simply not true because at the end of the day, its still football. Six-time NFL Executive of the Year Bill Polian spent time in the CFL winning Grey Cups also.

If anything, it improves Trestmans resume, as he is a championship head coach who can build a team while being heavily involved in the decision making process of a winning organization. Furthermore, for Trestman to adapt to the CFL style of play under a different set of rules is impressive.

These are all strengths for Trestman, not weaknesses. Plus two of Trestmans pre-draft protoges were on the Bears' roster at the end of the season. Both Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell utilized Trestman during pre-draft workouts before both were selected in the first round of the annual NFL Draft.

Lastly, I talked with one of Trestmans former quarterbacks, Gannon, who spent two stints with Trestman during his NFL career. One stop was in Minnesota, where Gannon spent two years with Trestman stating, "It was young in Trestmans career where he did not have the ability to be more hands on. He couldnt call the shots."

The other stop was in Oakland, where Gannon went on to win the NFL MVP award while the Raiders marched to a Super Bowl appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Trestman was seasoned at this point in his coaching career from all of his prior coaching stops. Gannons analysis of Treastman was glowing when he said, He was smart, innovative, quarterback friendly and pass protection-conscious.

In summation, Treastman is a serious contender to be the Bears' next head coach. Gannons last statement alone will perk up many Bears fans, when pass protection is mentioned as a priority.

Treastman is an quality coach who should be coaching in the NFL, but as many know, timing is everything and it has not been in Treastmans favor. He has worked well with every quarterback hes coached and productivity has followed.

Lastly, Treastman may even be able to work his own contract as hes been a member of the Florida Bar since 1983 when he graduated from the Miami School of Law while coaching Bernie Kozar and the Hurricanes to the National Championship.

Bears face decisions on Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and 2017 roster

Bears face decisions on Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and 2017 roster

What we "knew" most about the 2016 Bears heading into the season is that, offensively, Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery would be the straws that stirred the offensive drink. 

Thanks to injuries, suspension and a perfect storm that resulted in a 3-13 season, the straw had a hole in it, the team still couldn't collectively close out games and a fifth-round rookie (Jordan Howard) and a second-year undrafted free agent (Cam Meredith) turned into the greatest causes for optimism on that side of the ball. 

The news that the team is shopping Cutler is hardly news-bulletin worthy. We've written about Cutler Fatigue here and discussed it on CSN's BearsTalk Podcasts for some time now. A breakup has seemed inevitable after eight years of .500 ball when he's been behind center. The tricky part is finding an alternative that would be a marked improvement for a coaching staff that might need to finish .500 to continue on the job in 2018. Yet that's the gamble that must be taken for a franchise that almost needs to move on, for better or worse, in order to find a way out of the muddy ditch it's found itself in.

Cutler must first be deemed healthy enough after labrum surgery on his throwing shoulder - something similar to what Buffalo did with Tyron Taylor this week following groin surgery. But Taylor might be a safer bet to stay with the Bills than Cutler is here. Those medicals might be out there already around the league if shopping has truly begun. And while a new destination for Cutler might not earn him the same salary (roughly $15 million) he'd make here, the thinking here is he'd prefer a fresh start just as much as the Bears want one. 

So let's go shopping.

Cleveland? No. 

San Francisco as a stopgap starter? Maybe. There's tons of salary cap space while a successor is groomed, and there's the Shanahan (Kyle/Mike) Factor. But more losing. 

How about Jacksonville to push his young clone, Blake Bortles? Perhaps. There's still a loaded, talented young defense that has yet to reach a promising ceiling, and a couple of talented receivers. 

The Los Angeles Rams could provide a push for Jared Goff (though it's hard not to see Goff being the starter, for better or worse). But if something should happen, Cutler would be ready, with Todd Gurley, what should be a respectable defense and a location close to where wife Kristin Cavallari can return to actressing. 

Jay in Buffalo? Good one! 

Arizona has already shot down interest. 

We don't see Denver wanting him back as they await Paxton Lynch's maturity with Trevor Siemian as a bridge. 

Reuniting with Adam Gase in Miami could be an option with Ryan Tannehill's health still a mystery. 

Then there's always Houston. I'm looking for Tony Romo's ultimate destination impacting Jay's. 

But retiring, as some reports this week suggested? No. Despite the public perception, Jay is a competitor, and I truly believe that still runs through him. He may not get to prove his reputation wrong before he retires, but despite what body language experts feel, I believe he'd still like to prove something. But I'm also not counting on any team giving up a draft pick for him. Teams know the Bears will release him, but if a club lower on the waiver claim wire truly desires him, Ryan Pace has squeezed something out from teams for his players on the discard pile before.

As for Jeffery, all remains quiet on the franchise tag front. The seal remains tight at Halas Hall over whether there have been any negotiations this past week, and if so, whether they've moved in a positive, long-term direction. 

Two things to keep in mind: the Bears did not tag him last year until the day before the deadline to do so. That deadline this year is March 1. The other is the fact that other teams in similar situations (such as Washington with Kirk Cousins and Kansas City with Eric Berry and Dontari Poe) have yet to make moves either, as that deadline looms. If the Bears determine they'll cut ties with Cutler, Eddie Royal and Lamarr Houston, that will free up another $24 million in cap space on top of the $60 million-plus they have already. Perhaps that factors into the decision on Jeffery, who'd get paid $17 million in 2017 under a second straight franchise tag for a team that needs play-makers and a coaching staff that needs wins next season. Letting him go would require attention and a portion of those dollars to replace him in the draft and/or free agency.

We leave all our internet/talk radio caller GM's with this question: Would you REALLY want to be in Ryan Pace's shoes this offseason? Can you be as shrewd, wise and run the table to the extent he must, especially at the most important, franchise-shaping position (which, granted, he's put on the back-burner his first two years)? And "get it right" to build momentum moving forward for a franchise that's reached the playoffs just once in the past decade? The rebuild remains substantial. And so are the decisions he faces in a crucial offseason.

Jay Cutler is reportedly considering retirement

Jay Cutler is reportedly considering retirement

This is apparently the week of Jay Cutler news.

Reports surfaced earlier this week the Bears are pushing hard to find a trade partner for the enigmatic quarterback, though Ian Rapoport reported the organization informed Cutler in mid-January they were shopping him around.

It seems clear Cutler's time in Chicago has come to an end and an ensuing move is more of a formality at this point.

But apparently Cutler may not even suit up again...for ANY team.

Rapoport reported on NFL Network Wednesday night Cutler is mulling over retirement, even as he's healthy and working out now after shoulder surgery.

"There's no guarantee Cutler even plays in 2017, one of several veterans who are still considering whether they want to play or not play, retire, walk away. A lot of things at play here for Jay Cutler."

Host Dan Hellie immediately followed up, asking for clarification on the retirement part.

"It is a consideration; it's something he's confided in people," Rapoport said. "But Dan, I would say, it's not a surprise for quarterbacks this age. We've heard [Ben] Roethlisberger talk about it; we've heard Tony Romo talk about it. If it's not perfect, if he can't find the team he wants or the contract he wants, it's very easy for Jay Cutler to walk away."

Whoa.

Cutler, 33, has made more than $112 million in his 11-year career and is owed at least another $2 million in 2017, even if he's cut by the Bears.