Phil Emery


When Mike Ditka returned to Soldier Field in 1997 as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, coming out onto the field for the final preseason game, the ovation was enormous.


When Marc Trestman arrived as head coach of the Bears, he was not following a legend the way Dave Wannstedt was coming in after Mike Ditka.


The playoffs are on the horizon. You can see them less than a month away. The race to the end of the regular season is well underway.


A longtime NFL source told some time ago that a nagging knock on Marc Trestman in some corridors of the NFL - and one of the reasons he never was able to land a head-coaching job in