Chicago Bears: Jim Harbaugh
May, 24, 2013
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhNew Bears coach Marc Trestman made a big impression on Jim Harbaugh when they were with the Raiders.San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday that new Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman "taught me everything" when they were on the Oakland Raiders coaching staff, and he still uses many of Trestman's techniques.
"Everything wouldn't be an overstatement," Harbaugh said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "We use his system still of calling plays and the way he taught us those concepts and techniques. I've used (those) since I coached with the Raiders, the University of San Diego, Stanford and the 49ers.
"He will do great and talk about long overdue. Marc Trestman becoming a head coach is well deserved, he will do a phenomenal job."
Harbaugh's first NFL coaching job came as quality control coach for the offense with the Oakland Raiders in 2002, and he reported directly to Trestman, the offensive coordinator. Harbaugh, a former Bears quarterback, went on to head-coaching jobs in college at San Diego and Stanford before landing the 49ers job in 2011.
Harbaugh took the Niners to the NFC Championship Game in his first season and led them to the Super Bowl last season, losing to brother John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens.
Asked if the Bears hit a home run with their hire of Trestman, Harbaugh said: "Absolutely. Grand slam. That was a grand slam hire. You see the coaches that Marc has put around him, they know football. He knows football. He's a great teacher and I think that's coaching right there. ...
"That's something I learned working with Marc, by example and by things that he would tell me. That's one of my lucky breaks in coaching was to work with Marc Trestman because he took the time to train me and to teach me. And I will always be thankful for that."
January, 6, 2011
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- If Jim Harbaugh is reportedly worth $8 million per year, how much do you pay Lovie Smith?
Douglas Jones/US PresswireIf Jim Harbaugh can command $8 million a season in the NFL, what is Lovie Smith worth?
After all, Smith has 65 overall NFL wins under his belt and three division titles, plus one Super Bowl appearance.
Harbaugh has 58 total wins, but all of those came at the collegiate level with Stanford and the University of San Diego.
See the future dilemma for Smith and the Bears?
"I really don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about it, or worrying about it," Smith said. "I'm all for any coach getting as much as he possibly can, and I assume if some owner is willing to pay a guy a number like that, they're worth it. But for me, I don't spend a whole lot of time [thinking about it]. I'm just pumped up about what we're doing around here."
But the Bears will eventually have to start thinking about Smith's salary -- roughly $5 million per season. The coach is entering the final year of his contract, and if the Bears' results in 2011 mirrors 2010, Smith will no doubt feel entitled to a more lucrative deal.
"I can only speak for us," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "It’s just like free agency, and when you see a player out there. Desperateness drives people to do things that you know they maybe normally wouldn’t have done. It’s a supply and demand business, but we don’t let that rule our thinking. We can only look at our parameters."
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