Bears purge Emery, Trestman

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After a tumultuous season filled with mistakes on the field and a lack of leadership off it, the Chicago Bears took swift action Monday by firing General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman.

The pre-season optimism quickly faded after a season-opening home loss to Buffalo and was combined by players and coaches running roughshod over the a well-intentioned yet overmatched Trestman. Last season’s offensive improvement turned into a mirage with QB Jay Cutler leading the NFL in turnovers (24).  The Bears failed to score in the first quarter 11 times, sitting atop the league in that dubious category.

Emery’s three-year run and Trestman’s two-year stint (the shortest tenure in Bears head coaching annals since Paddy Driscoll’s in 1956-57) were met with enough second-guessing and head-scratching decisions to make Monday’s announcement a formality. Yet, the moves also prove that Chairman George McCaskey is proactive in returning the NFL’s charter franchise out of the wilderness.

The Bears released a short statement confirming the firings:

Chicago Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey and President and CEO Ted Phillips informed Phil Emery and Marc Trestman this morning they will not return as the team’s general manager and head coach for the 2015 season.  Emery was hired in 2012 and Trestman was hired in 2013.

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Trestman went 13-19 over his two seasons after a five-year career in Canada where he won two Grey Cup titles. His reputation as a “quarterback whisper” failed to elevate the play of Cutler, who was even more inconsistent under Trestman’s watch in year two together. Moreover, Trestman’s inability to control the locker room and even his coaches, doomed him. The leak from former offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer regarding the team’s “buyer’s remorse” about Cutler, and his subsequent apology to the team, seemed to signal the need for change.

For his part, Trestman

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, a likeable man simply over his ski’s as a NFL head coach, took the high road in departing. “I want to thank Virginia, George and the McCaskey family, Phil Emery and Ted Phillips for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears.  I also want to thank all the coaches and players who gave us everything we asked over the past two years.  I have tremendous respect for this organization.  Chicago is a special city with great fans.  I appreciate the warm support my family and I received. ”

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