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But until we see white smoke coming out of Halas Hall, we can take a look at general manager Phil Emery's next phase, and there's a lot to like.
For instance, here’s one reason to like Emery’s choices of Darrell Bevell, Marc Trestman and Bruce Arians as finalists to replace
So, instead of doing it the usual, clunky Bears way that results in hiring the "hot" defensive assistant who devolves into failure, Emery is dragging the heritage franchise into this offensive millennium.
Arians has some form of
Moving right along, Trestman goes back to his buddy Johnson’s University of Miami teams, coaching Bernie Kosar to big years in college and the pros and guiding
Bevell is younger than the other two, but the breadth of his offensive coordinator experience runs from
Here's another reason to like Emery's finalists: He wanted a coach who has displayed excellence, and his finalists appear excellent in deciding whether Cutler is worth a new contract.
Cutler needs work on his mechanics and his mental and emotional game. Nobody has to worry about Cutler’s arm or toughness, but his frequent regression to bad form and worse decisions under pressure is no way to win a
You could argue that a seven-year quarterback already should've solved those problems, but I don't think anyone would argue that the first coach Emery chooses represents the last chance for Cutler here.
Another reason to like Emery's choices: Two of the three finalists have head-coaching experience, even if it's not conventional NFL head-coaching experience. I think that's important in this situation, starting with breaking the Bears' "Peter Principle" practices. The Bears like to promote people beyond their level of capability, and it tends to involve family. Maybe people in Halas Hall can get over being intimidated by someone who has done the job before.
Arians stepped up to run the
Trestman has coached the Montreal Alouettes for five years and won consecutive Grey Cup titles. The Canadian Football League is closer to U.S. college jobs than NFL jobs, but the fact that the Bears recognize some value in head-coaching experience at some professional level finally shows some adult thinking up there.
Tangent: If Trestman is the man, then can he also sneak P.K. Subban through customs for the Blackhawks?
Another reason to like Emery’s finalists: The offensive emphasis of the new coach probably means the Bears would try to keep defensive coordinator
In my world, then, there are a lot of reasons to root for Emery at this point. I don't know if he can make a wrong choice among his finalists, but I think he'd have a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with Arians or Trestman because they have head-coaching experience and more experience in wrangling a variety of quarterbacks. Their resumes are better than Cutler's, and Cutler would know it. Cutler had better know what the deal is and know it quickly.