Chicago Bears News: Bears Finally Commit To Fixing Their Offense By Hiring Marc Trestman As New Head Coach
The Chicago Bears have committed to finally fixing their offense, after hiring Marc Trestman as their new head coach. NFL.com's Ian Rappaport reports that the former Canadian Football League head coach will succeed Lovie Smith, as the man in charge of the Monsters of the Midway.
Rappaport also revealed that offensive coordinators Bruce Arians and Darrell Bevell were the other main contenders. This emphasis on appointing an offensive-minded coach shows the Bears are serious about producing a prolific attack to complement their tough and savvy defense.
In particular, the hiring of Trestman represents a firm commitment to controversial passer Jay Cutler. Trestman is a quarterback guru with strong experience of the West Coast offense. He helped Rich Gannon take the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl in 2002. Trestman's offense was pure West Coast, with Gannon firing numerous timing passes to veterans Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.
In the weeks since the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith as head coach, no fewer than 13 names have emerged as targets to replace him. After a slew of candidate interviews, though, the Bears’ priorities are finally starting to become a little clearer.
As reported by NFL.com, Chicago seems to have tabbed three of its prospects as finalists by inviting them back for second visits with the team. That frontrunning trio consists of Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman of the Canadian Football League, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell of the Seattle Seahawks, and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts.
Given the Bears’ obvious desire to move away from the one-dimensional defensive teams of the Smith era, it’s little surprise to see three offense-heavy choices leading the pack here. Trestman, in addition to his experience in the freewheeling CFL, can match the NFL experience of his competitors with stints as offensive coordinator for both the Cardinals and Raiders.
The Packers and 49ers met to open the season and now for one of them, they're about to close their season too. Does that game matter? How does Kaepernick change things? Let's take a closer look at this Divisional Round match-up.
Many people expected the Packers to defeat the Vikings in the Wild Card round, including Vegas. Therefore, there isn't much change in the look-ahead line. Last week Vegas put out theoretical point spreads and the Packers were +3 dogs vs the 49ers. It re-opened at +3.25 with the option to lay a bit extra juice on either side for a favorable number.
But there's been some movement early in the week. If you like the Packers (like I do), you'll have to lay a bit extra juice just for +3 (odds from SBRforum). Will it move off the 3? It could at some point, but it would take a lot considering what a key number it is and the amount of money expected to be bet on this game.
I'm not going to take any chances and go ahead and grab the +3 now.
Much Ado About Nothing
It’s barely been a week since the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith, but the team is already overflowing with ideas for new head coaching prospects. Of course, not all candidates are created equal, and the Bears’ long list will have to be whittled down in short order.
As reported by a variety of outlets, Chicago is known to be considering at least nine prospective coaches. Most of those are current NFL offensive coordinators, including Bruce Arians (Colts), Pete Carmichael Jr. (Saints), Tom Clements (Packers), Mike McCoy (Broncos), Mike Sullivan (Buccaneers) and Rick Dennison (Texans). Also in the mix are a pair of special teams coordinators (Dallas’ Joe DeCamillis and Atlanta’s Keith Armstrong) and, most remarkably, one CFL coach: Marc Trestman of the Montreal Alouettes.
It’s worth noting that Trestman doesn’t really break the mold of the other Bear targets, as he’s a former offensive coordinator for both the Cardinals and Raiders.
Last week the Vikings pulled off an impressive upset win at home to clinch a playoff spot. Their reward? Go to Lambeau field and try to do it again. That could be wishful thinking if you're a Minnesota fan, and especially if your name is Christian Ponder.
This is an interesting point spread to say the least. The Packers opened as -8 point favorites and it hasn't move anywhere since (odds from SBRforum). If sharp money loved the dog we would have most certainly seen a move closer to the key number of "7". That said, the Packers are a very public team. Perhaps sharps are waiting for the best line they can get. Either way the game sits in the teaser window at the moment. If you wanted to pair the Packers at -2 with either the Ravens or Redskins, the option is there. Personally, I don't like either of those choices.