Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by Zikry, Jan 20, 2014.
Marc Trestman FIRED! New Ownership looking to Leave "Mark" on their Team
In news that Bears fans have been waiting for, Trestman has been relieved of his duties as the Bears head coach effective immediately. "We'd like to thank Marc for the 3 years he's spent with the organization but we believed it would be best if we both parted ways. It was Marc's last season under contract with the team and after discussing the future of the team we decided to move in another direction." Many around Chicago believe that this move is just the beginning, as the new Bears owner looks to make some radical changes to the team in the next 2 seasons. As stated by a head reported at the Chicago Tribune:
"The team will have many key decisions to make in a year's time, including what to do with Jay Cutler. I believe there are 10 players that the Bears would like to resign after that year and my sources are telling me that Cutler is currently not one of those 10. With the team having two rookies at QB currently, it looks like the organization is trying to groom their successor in the upcoming season as they continue to try to keep their core group of young players together while letting go of the veterans."
Whether this is true or not, it is obvious that the Bears were not happy with the way this past season and as is usually the case, the first head to roll is usually that of the head coach. "Willy Wonka will be missed" said TE Martellus Bennett with a smile, "but it will be interesting to see who the team brings in next season. Everyone in the building believes this team is a playoff-caliber one and it's about time we start showing it on the field".
Mel Tucker OUT as Bears looking to make switch to 3-4 defense
Tucker (right) joins Trestman in unemployment
26th in points allowed, 23rd in yards allowed, 22nd in pass yards allowed and 24th in rush yards allowed. It came as no surprise today as the Bears announced that they would be moving in a different direction at defensive coordinator as Mel Tucker was relieved of his duties. The team really struggled at times trying to stop anything opposing offenses were doing, and in this league that is simply unacceptable. The Bears have also announced that they will be moving to the 3-4 this coming season, and have made some offseason moves to try and build the defense needed to run the 3-4. Everyone in the organization is disappointed with the 6-10 season this year, and look for these changes to at least give the fans some optimism that things are changing for the better for this Windy City franchise.
Jay Cutler OUT as Bears Continue their Spring Cleaning
15 million. Yes, 15 million. That was what Cutler was making for the Bears in his final season as the team's 3rd string QB and it was only a matter of when, not if, he would be cut from the team. After the old regime had inexplicably not done everything in their power to keep Brandon Marshall, it was obvious that Jay would not last long thereafter as he was visibly upset about losing Marshall. When new ownership took over (after cursing some of the moves done previously) they decided it would be best to move on from the Cutler era as he was demoted to 3rd string QB almost immediately. With Cutler out, a complete change in defensive scheme from 4-3 to 3-4, and a number of key defensive players (Julius Peppers, Tim Jennings) no longer with the team; this is certainly going to be a new look Bears team going forward. As someone close with the team said "We looking to start from scratch. It's time to try and build a winner that is worthy of playing in such a great city. In Chicago, being average is not good enough". Only time will tell how the rest of the team will take all of these changes and whether they can come together and get the Bears where they want to ultimately be; top of the league and a team to be feared.
Jim Tomsula Hired as Defensive Coordinator
In news that was just made official minutes ago, Jim Tomsula has been introduced as the new defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. Tomsula leaves his job as the defensive line coach of the 49ers as the opportunity to become a defensive coordinator was too good to pass up. "Jim brings a grit and toughness to him that this defense needed at times last season. The guys in the locker room are really looking forward to working with Jim and getting this defense back to a point where we can dominate games" said Patrick Chung. Look for Jim to bring in the 49ers defensive scheme that he has become so familiar with.
Bears make shocking FA signing as Drew Brees takes over at QB
After bringing in Marques Colston in the last days of free agency there was a certain buzz around the city that he wouldn't be the last ex-Saint to be joining the Bears. Sure enough, after getting bored with his modelling career after parting ways with the Saints, the Bears were able to strike a deal with Drew Brees on a 1 year contract to be the starting QB for the Bears. Blake Bell still needs another year of growth to become a true #1, and with Brees he will be able to be mentored by one of the best around. Said Brees of the move "I'm excited to be heading to the Windy City. When the opportunity presented itself I just couldn't say no, and with Marques already here hopefully we can give the fans in this great city what they want to see".
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