Chicago Bears: 2012-13 Coaching search



LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler expressed a reluctance to be involved early on in the team's search for a new head coach, but once general manager Phil Emery whittled to the finalists, he asked the Chicago Bears quarterback to sit down with the candidates.

Although Emery took input from Cutler, the general manager made it clear Wednesday that a negative review from the quarterback wouldn't have affected his final decision to hire former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, who won the job over finalists Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle's Darrell Bevell.

"What I asked Jay was to do four things for me," Emery explained.

Emery wanted Cutler to meet with each of the three candidates and keep a keen eye on four things: Communication, poise and presence, the ability to articulate systems of offense, defense and special teams, and leadership before reporting back to the general manager with what he observed.

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Emery feels a kinship with Trestman

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Marc TrestmanJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesLike his new boss, Marc Trestman took a long journey to get to the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- During his search to find a new head coach to lead the Chicago Bears, general manager Phil Emery almost immediately connected with new hire Marc Trestman because he felt a sense of kinship and respect for the road the coach had taken throughout his career.

Before taking over as GM of the Bears, Emery himself navigated a long road that ranged from places such as Wayne State, Western New Mexico and Saginaw Valley State to the U.S. Naval Academy, Chicago, the Atlanta Falcons and back to Chicago. So after speaking to Trestman during the first phase of the interview process, Emery saw a little of himself in the coach, and admitted Wednesday to gravitating toward that.

"I was trying to convey it when I talked about what are the things for Phil Emery that drove me to Marc to say, 'That's the guy,' " Emery said. "He's taken a wide road, range, or ride a big map to come to where he's at today. I feel a kinship in that I once took a 42-hour bus ride to go on a job interview that paid $6,000, and got the job and was glad to have it. As our GM Rich McKay used to tell me with the Falcons, 'You've been to every dirt hole there is.' We've had similar journeys."

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Cutler: Leader needs support group

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Jay Cutler responded to former special teams coordinator Dave Toub's assertion that the Chicago Bears quarterback needs to work on his leadership.

"I think a quarterback is always working on leadership and the direction the team wants to go. You've got to have a support group to be a leader though," Cutler said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000.

Toub, who left the Bears to run the Kansas City Chiefs special teams, was one of 13 known candidates to interview for the Bears head coaching job.

Asked Wednesday about Cutler, Toub told "Waddle & Silvy": "I think Cutler is a great asset. He's an extraordinary talent. He just ... there are certain aspects he just needs to get better at, and it's his leadership skills. And I think that's something he'll work on down the road and hopefully he gets better at that."

Video: Waddle likes Trestman hire

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ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle shares his thoughts on the Bears' hiring of Marc Trestman and its potential impact on QB Jay Cutler.

Brown never saw HC potential in Trestman

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Former receiver Tim Brown was "shocked" the Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman as head coach on Wednesday and said he never saw the potential to lead an NFL team in his former offensive coordinator.

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Video: Werder breaks down Trestman hire

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Ed Werder discusses the Bears' hiring of former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.

Podcast: Schlereth on Trestman hire

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ESPN Radio's Mark Schlereth dishes on whether Marc Trestman can make a big impact on Jay Cutler and more.

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Bears hire Trestman as head coach

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears ended their search for a new coach early Wednesday morning when they made the decision to bring aboard the Montreal Alouettes' Marc Trestman as the franchise's 14th head coach.

A noted quarterback guru, Trestman has been out of the NFL for eight years before his stint in the CFL that eventually led to his succeeding Lovie Smith, who was fired by the Bears on Dec. 31.

The Bears scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. CT on Thursday.

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Trestman right guy for Bears job

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CHICAGO -- For the Chicago Bears, the present is finally here, if not the future. It's refreshing and a little scary to know that in hours or days, the Bears will have a new coach.

Unless, of course, they McGinnis the operation, but that's doubtful. This is the George McCaskey era. The Phil Emery era. Things get accomplished in timely manner.

Goodbye to 60 years of darkness, John Shoop, Terry Shea and the like. Open up the curtains at Halas Hall and let in the light.

The long, laborious list of candidates for the open head coaching position on Football Drive has been reportedly winnowed to three, give or take a mystery candidate lurking on the gravel road outside the Walter Payton Center.

All three are offensive-minded guys, proving the conventional wisdom correct.

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Bears narrow down coaching search

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The Chicago Bears have entered their second phase in finding a head coach and will speak again with three candidates, including Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Bevell and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley were "heading toward second interviews." Bradley is in the running for the Philadelphia Eagles' job.

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Coach betting on winner among last four

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Of the 13 known candidates interviewed by the Chicago Bears for their head coaching vacancy, at least one expects the club to settle on one of the last four to meet with general manager Phil Emery.

That group consists of offensive coordinators Tom Clements (Green Bay), Rick Dennison (Houston), Darrell Bevell (Seattle), and Bruce Arians (Indianapolis).

"I would bet on one of the last four candidates," said one of the coaches who had already been interviewed.

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Bears unlikely to announce finalists

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The Chicago Bears kept their fans in the loop in 2012 during the search for a new general manager, but the team won't conduct business that way as it scours the NFL for a new head coach.

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhDon't expect Phil Emery to make public his finalists for the head coaching job.
A team spokesman says it's unlikely the Bears will announce finalists during the search for a successor to Lovie Smith as the team plans to maintain its policy adopted during the search of not commenting on any aspect of the process.

A little more than a year ago the club announced four finalists for its vacant GM job before settling on Phil Emery.

So the possibility remains the team could eventually announce finalists, but at this stage in the process that's unlikely with Emery finishing up a plethora of interviews with candidates over a span of approximately two weeks.

Of the 13 known candidates for the Bears head coaching job, four coached for teams that lost in the divisional round; a group consisting of four offensive coordinators in Seattle's Darrell Bevell, Houston's Rick Dennison, Green Bay's Tom Clements and Mike McCoy of the Denver Broncos.

The losses by those teams should open availability for those coaches to talk more in the coming days, with Emery expected to move into the next phase of the process, where it's expected he'll pick two to three finalists for second interviews that will also involve team president Ted Phillips and Bears chairman George McCaskey.

Emery spent the first week of the team's coaching search interviewing Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, and Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, in addition to three offensive coordinators in Tampa Bay's Mike Sullivan, New Orleans' Pete Carmichael Jr., and McCoy.

Emery followed that up the next week with interviews with Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, along with Clements, Dennison, and Bevell. Emery met with Minnesota's Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer on Saturday, before concluding interviews Sunday with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is considered a favorite for NFL coach of the year.

Of the known candidates, only Armstrong remains in the playoffs with his Falcons set next week to host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Video: Bears' coaching search continues

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Ed Werder discusses the Bears' ongoing search for a head coach.

GM can't wait too long to find right coach

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While the sheer length of Phil Emery's growing list of head coaching candidates has drawn some skepticism, some say it may just be a case of the Bears general manager biding his time until his top candidate becomes available.

When that happens, however, Emery had better act fast, say former coaches who have been there.

"When I went through the process of becoming a head coach, I had five interviews set up but I never got to the second one," said Herm Edwards, ESPN analyst and former head coach of the Jets and Chiefs. "After the first one, I was supposed to go to Detroit but New York wouldn't let me go to Detroit."

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Gannon: Trestman, Cutler would be good fit

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Marc TrestmanChristinne Muschi/ReutersRich Gannon says Marc Trestman could get Jay Cutler "feeling good again back in the pocket."
Rich Gannon said Marc Trestman, who Jimmy Johnson believes is the Chicago Bears' pick as head coach, would "embrace" the opportunity to work with quarterback Jay Cutler.

"This whole perception about Jay Cutler ... look, Jay Cutler at the end of the day wants to win," Gannon, the former Oakland Raiders quarterback and current TV analyst said Friday on "Waddle & Silvy" on ESPN 1000. "You've just got to find a way to get into his psyche and be able to figure him out, form a bond and a relationship and form a trust. When you are constantly changing things around the quarterback, it's hard to develop that continuity and trust factor.

"When you got a coordinator who is getting you hit every play and another guy that maybe hasn't done it a lot and now all of a sudden you're firing a coach, it's very unsettling to a quarterback. He needs somebody that is going to put his arm around him, embrace him, but at the same time somebody who is going to lean on him a little bit. Jay Cutler, in my opinion, needs to be leaned on. They need to take out that file and smooth the rough edges. Someone has to get the point across to Jay that this is it. If your career is going to go anywhere, it's going to happen here in Chicago, and if not, then good luck."

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