When the Bears take the field for the team’s third preseason game tonight in Oakland, head coach Marc Trestman will be making his first trip to the “Black Hole” in almost 10 years.
Trestman was the quarterbacks coach, and later promoted to offensive coordinator, for the Raiders from 2001-2003. During his time in Oakland Trestman helped mold the offense into a high-powered machine that Raiders fans would come to adore. In 2002, Trestman’s offense, led by quarterback Rich Gannon, averaged a league-best 389.8 yards per game. The Raiders marched through the playoffs with convincing wins over New York and Tennessee on the way to claiming the AFC Championship.
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Gannon, under the tutelage of Trestman, threw for more than 300 yards in 10 games that season. Although the season would ultimately end with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, Trestman accomplished a great deal with the Raiders.
Years later, Trestman still has an appreciation for the fans of Oakland, something he tried to relay to reporters earlier this week.
“They’re a bunch of fans that really love their team and really love football,” Trestman said. “There’s a little bit of villain there, but they really aren’t. They’re good people that have day jobs like the rest of us.”
Well, many of the good people of Chicago who attend Bears games at Soldier Field have day jobs too, but they don't dress up like they're at a KISS concert every Sunday. Face paint should strictly be reserved for clowns, kids on Halloween and professional wrestlers. Regardless, you have to appreciate Trestman's affinity for Raider Nation.