Martellus Bennett thinks Marc Trestman will be better offensive coordinator than head coach


Things went south quickly for Marc Trestman and the Bears in 2014, leading to a 5-11 record and the team’s decision to fire both Trestman and General Manager Phil Emery when the year came to an end.

Trestman’s leadership abilities have come under fire in the wake of his two-year stint in Chicago, something that tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t do much to argue against in an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. Bennett did say that he thinks a move to the offensive coordinator role with the Ravens will work out well for coach and team.

“Trestman, I think, first off, the issue that he had, probably, was managing us all, all the different personalities,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that’s hard when you got guys like me, you know, [Brandon] Marshall …  Lance Briggs on defense, (Charles) Tillman … Calling plays, he was excellent. I think he’s going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens. Strategically, he was great. But on the field, guys just weren’t executing.”

Trestman’s issues dealing with those big personalities likely played a role in the Bears’ decision to install an experienced NFL head coach for the first time since George Halas’s second stint on the sideline. If John Fox can get a grip on the locker room, a reprise of the rapid turnarounds he pulled off in Carolina and Denver could be within reach.

22 responses to “Martellus Bennett thinks Marc Trestman will be better offensive coordinator than head coach

  1. yeah, he also thinks he’s a better TE than Gronk ..wait, nevermind, that’s his buffoon of a brother I’m thinking of

  2. Trestman expected his players to be self-motivated professionals. Big mistake in today’s pro sports environment. There really is a lot of personnel management to being a head coach.

  3. I’ve been a Bears fan since the mid-80s. I watched every game of theirs this last season except the Dolphins game and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The best I can tell is that there are two big pieces to their collapse:

    1) Virtually every coach from Trestman on down was operating one or two notches above his competency. Trestman should never have been more than the OC. Kromer is an OL coach and that’s it. Tucker as DC was a flat-out joke and his new job (college position coach) is probably where he should have been along. And on and on.

    2) The roster was long on talent (on offense anyway), but completely lacking in chemistry. Too many veterans who either checked out of the program (Briggs, Jared Allen), or weren’t on the field enough to exercise positive leadership (Tillman). Combine that with coaches who couldn’t command respect or were unwilling to make them toe the line and you had too many players freelancing on and off the field. End result, a team much less than the sum of their parts.

    Problem 1 is presumably solved with the new coaches, but the new regime still has to deal with the fact that there are too many players on that team making too much money to not be doing a lot more for the team in the locker room and on the field. Briggs’ play and attitude this past season were an embarrassment – he’s the first who has to go. Jared Allen and Jay Cutler are probably sticking around in 2015, but need to be told what it is from Day 1. Brandon Marshall needs some reigning in as well if he’s going to be kept around.

    I don’t mind some of these current and former Bears players coming out and saying what was pretty evident to begin with, but a lot of them didn’t do their part towards the cause either… and I would hope the new coaches will challenge them on that right out of the gate.

  4. Look at his record. Everywhere he has been, he has excelled his first year, then sunk to the bottom in year two (not counting CFL, but nobody counts Canada). He’s already had his year two with the Bears. The Ravens are screwed.

  5. Trestman’s offense is based on outdated 1990s thinking and that’s why it took less than a year for NFL DCs to figure it out. This year you could have swapped Ron Turner in as the Bears OC and the offense would have looked exactly the same.

    It’s like Trestman got stuck in a time warp while he was up there in Canada and never got out of it in Chicago. They stuff he did up in the CFL worked, but down here in the States it was no bueno.

  6. Al Davis thought this 12 years ago….of course it led to Bill Callahan but rumor had it that Al thought Marc’s football knowledge would never overcome his personality with the players.

  7. Some guys just aren’t meant to be head coaches in the NFL and that’s not a knock on Trestman as I think he’s as smart as they come when running an offense and I think he’ll be much better suited as the OC in Baltimore. Best of luck Marc!

  8. Maybe he’s a lousy NFL head coach, but he was a pretty dang successful CFL head coach and must have had no problem managing those varied personalities. I suspect the reason for the failure is that the NFL game was a bit above his head and perhaps the Bears’ personnel and expectations were a bit overstated for 2014, as opposed to Trestman’s inability to manage player personalities.

  9. I have heard enough about Trestman, lets move on. Fox/Fangio need to build our defense back up, which will take while switching to a 3-4. Bears are a defensive, punch you in the mouth first team. Lets get the foundation of the Bears back in place…….

    Trestman and Tucker can go pound sand, I would prefer Dick Jauron or Dave Wannstedt back instead of having Trestman in control of any aspect of the Bears. Thanks for ruining the Pride and Joy of Chicago!

  10. There was nothing wrong with Chicago’s defense in Trestman’s first year. The Defense got worse and worse and Cutler threw more and more picks overcompensating the 2nd year. The only valid criticism I can think of Trestman is that he was a smart guy – probably a bit nerdy – who thought he has a team (as it has been stated above) that were self motivated professionals. He had to deal with guys like Briggs who just gave up and started lamenting the glory days with Urlacher and Lovie. Urlacher and Lovie are just as ancient history as Ditka and Dent. It’s time for new winners not old whiners. Should have kept Trestman, fired Tucker, and stocked up on D in this draft. Now…a reset year. Bad move.

  11. “There was nothing wrong with Chicago’s defense in Trestman’s first year.”

    Did you watch the games? Tucker was a horrible DC both years! Trestman didn’t have the NFL connections and Emery picked him a horrible DC and ST coaches

  12. “There was nothing wrong with Chicago’s defense in Trestman’s first year.”

    Their defense in ’13 is the exact reason they couldn’t get into the playoffs and I’m pretty sure it was ranked near the bottom. I don’t necessarily blame Trestman alone as the defense had been going south even during the last couple seasons with Lovie. The 2013 season was just bad timing to have have the defense lacking so much talent with a decent offense that was holding its own.

    As for this season, the team itself just imploded. Bad defense and lack of leadership wreaked havoc on this team. I’m hoping Fox can turn this defense around like he’s done in his past with other teams, but I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight. Not to mention the whole Cutler situation to deal with.

  13. He was a lusy head coach, and he’ll be a little less lousy of an OC. Good find Ravens.

  14. The Bears defense was HISTORICALLY bad (worst its ever been) in 2013…what do you expect when you go to Jacksonville’s trash heap of discarded coaches to hire a new DC?

    I knew then and there the Bears were doomed.

    Then it only got worse.

    But some of the players share the blame, too. Look at Tim Jennings for a perfect example of how things went wrong – here you had a two time Pro Bowl playmaker at corner, who now under Tucker and Trestman suddenly became one of the biggest liabilities on the field – slow, confused, blowing coverage, late to arrive at the ball, soft or missed tackles, no vocal leadership, out of position, etc.

    To take such a drastic plunge – from Pro Bowler to bum – in just one season, says a lot about the ineptitude and failure of the coaching, but it also puts some blame on the players, too.

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