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Monday, March 11, 2013
BBAO: Marc Trestman's redemptive story

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We've passed the midpoint of the NFL's three-day negotiating window for free agency, and we don't know much more than we did when it started. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the "league-wide expectation" is that the Miami Dolphins will wind up with receiver Mike Wallace, but otherwise it has been quiet.

So as you await Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET start to actual free agency, go ahead and take a moment to read this revealing profile of new Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman from Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. The piece is centered around Trestman's candid analysis of why he didn't get a head-coaching job during his days as a hot assistant. Some bad timing was involved, but Trestman also acknowledged a "standoffish personality" that overlooked the human element of coaching.

Trestman said he has learned that he is coaching people, not pieces of a puzzle, and Pompei speaks to a number of people from Trestman's football past to check out that theory. Whether you're a fan of the Bears or just good writing, the story is worth your time.

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