|Posted by Mr. Controversy on May 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM|
By Raphael Haynes
We can honestly say that this Chicago Bears roster is the most talented group since the 1985 team. With Marc Trestman as the leader of the team, the Bears seem equipped to make a run for the playoffs and maybe beyond. But was he the missing piece of this championship puzzle?
Bears fans have high hopes for this upcoming season after a diligent busy offseason. While most conversation amongst Bears fans has been about the upcoming year, there has been a lot of chatter about Trestman and Lovie Smith.
The fact that "Lovie" is still being mentioned speaks volumes of how much of an impact he's made on the team and city whether good or bad. Although Trestman has won over most fans, is he really a better coach for the Bears than Smith?
When Smith took over a dismal Bears team in 2004, he rocked the Bears nation by stating "Our first goal is to beat the Green Bay Packers" (which he did) in his first press conference. He brought back the "Monsters of the Midway" mystique and turned Chicago upside down by taking a young inexperience team and making them contenders by having a first round bye in 2005 and advancing all the way to the Super Bowl (only to lose) in 2006.
He made the playoffs only one more time in his tenure (81-63) with the Bears by making it to the 2010 NFC Championship. So again, is Trestman is a better coach for the Bears than Smith?
Trestman, on the other hand brought a sense of confidence, urgency and perfectionist attitude to the team. His articulate delivery seemed almost too nerdish for the city of Chicago. His witty personality along with his impeccable knowledge for football has cultivated not only the Bears but the fans as well. After an 8-8 early campaign, he brought an element to the team that has never been witnessed before in Chicago...a great offense.
Do I have to ask the question again? This is the synopses.
Smith's niche was defense, in which he led the league in turnovers during his stint and ranked in the top 10 four times (three in the top 5). Trestman's niche is offense, in one year he took a subpar offense and made it the 2nd highest scoring offense in the NFL in his only year as head coach.
Smith never benefited from an offense with talent. Any time Devin Hester is your No.1 starting receiver, need I say more. He unequivocally had a horrible run with the worst line in the NFL from 2008-2011. Meanwhile Trestman’s defensive line was very weak and thin. Yes there were injuries but the safety play was below average with missed assignments and tackles.
Both were and are loved by the majority of the locker room if not all. Most fans said that Smith was too reserved and didn't take chances while most fans say that Trestman took too many chances and cost the Bears a few games. Both had undeniably great confidence in their quarterbacks which maybe cost a game or two.
So what is the difference?
Phil Emery! Smith never had a general manager who was passionate about winning like Emery is (except for the only year Emery and Smith was together). Jerry Angelo wasn't as aggressive as Emery. Angelo did make the Jay Cutler deal and signed Julius Peppers but really didn't take advantage of free agency thus Smith never benefited from an offense.
Emery is persistent, straightforward and doesn't waste any time. He pulls the trigger if he has a target. Emery has one goal and that's to win the Super Bowl and win it as quick as possible.
By resigning Matt Forte adding Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, drafting Alshon Jeffery, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills, not to mention signing Cutler to a 7-year extension has shown his commitment to building a contender.
Then to focus on mostly defense this offseason highlighted by Jared Allen and Lamar Houston with the likes of other free agents to plug in holes and also drafting four defensive players with their first five picks shows his determination to win a Super Bowl.
So the next time when you're debating over Trestman and Smith, think about if Smith had a chance to have Emery after he's been the general manager for three years.
They are one of the same except for Smith is a defensive guru and Trestman is an offensive guru. So it basically depend on if you like apples or oranges.