Albeit I am a 49er fan, I will say that the “Da Bears” have been one of my secret crushes since the days of Walter Peyton better known as “Sweetness,” Jim McMahon and Mike Ditka. Walter Peyton was probably one of the classiest men to ever play the game.
Da Bears have just disintegrated into the abyss because of poor management decisions. They fired a winning coach, Lovie Smith and hired Marc Tresman who was touted to be an offensive genius.
I have to digress for a moment, firing winning coaches is apparently the thing to do by owners in the NFL, why?
Okay, back on track. I as so tired of the word “genius” being thrown around like water. What did Marc Tresman do before becoming the head coach of the Da Bears? Tresman’s resume in the NFL is primarily comprised of being an OC and QB coach. From 2008 to 2012 he was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. During his tenure with the Alouettes the team won back to back Grey Cup Championships, which is the equivalent of the Super Bowl. Clearly, his winning ways did not translate to the NFL and my bet is he was unable to develop a relationship with the players given the fact that some of them have jumped ship recently to play for Coach Smith in Tampa Bay. He destroyed the team in two seasons, shame on the Bears owners and management.
Coach Smith was hired in January 2004. In 2005 Da Bears won their division and reached the playoffs for the first time in four years. In 2006, the team clinched their second consecutive NFC title, winning their first playoff game since 1995 and earned a trip to the Super Bowl. Albeit they lost 29–17, the fact is they had not been to the Super Bowl since the Mike Ditka era. Coach Smith did all of this in spite of being the lowest paid head coach in the NFL. I’m offended.
In an attempt to redeem themselves, the management has hired John Fox, the terminated coach of the Denver Broncos. Coach Fox may be able to a rebuild what Marc Tresman destroyed but it will take some time and the management must be willing to stay the course. He did a very good job in Denver and I don’t think he was treated fairly by John Elway and the Denver management team.
Coach Fox’s resume is as follows:
San Diego State (1978) — (graduate assistant)
U.S. International University (1979) — (defensive backs coach)
Boise State (1980) — (defensive backs coach)
Long Beach State (1981) — (defensive backs coach)
Utah (1982) — (defensive backs coach)
Kansas (1983) — (defensive backs coach)
Iowa State (1984) — (defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Express (1985) — (defensive backs coach)
Pittsburgh (1986–1988) — (defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1989–1991) — (defensive backs coach)
San Diego Chargers (1992–1993) — (defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Raiders (1994–1995) — (defensive coordinator)
St. Louis Rams (1996) — (personnel consultant)
New York Giants (1997–2001) — (defensive coordinator)
Carolina Panthers (2002–2010) — (head coach)
Denver Broncos (2011–2014) — (head coach)
As I have said time and time again, it is not easy to win and be a championship team in the NFL. Owners must be willing to stay the course if they have a winning formula. It is just too bad fans can’t get rid of some of the owners as a result of their bad decision making.