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Trestman Maintains Status Quo In Confounding Bears Presser

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 10, 2014 10:45PM

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Anyone still on the fence as to whether Chicago Bears players are tuning out Marc Trestman and his staff only needed to listen to Trestman during his bizarre Halas Hall news conference Monday afternoon, Despite growing rancor among Bears fans and seemingly oblivious to the carnage happening right before his eyes, Trestman gave a vote of confidence to his coaching staff, particularly embattled defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Trestman did add, however, he would be re-evaluating his assistants on a week-by-week basis.

Asked why Tucker remains in charge of a defensive unit that has allowed two straight 50 point games and 277 points this season Trestman answered with an answer that ran counter to the defense’s performance.

“I watch (Tucker) work every day,” Trestman asserted. “I watch him communicate with these players. I watch him work on the field with these players. To me he's doing everything he can under the circumstances to coach, to teach and to lead that side of the ball, and he's got a very good staff with him. They're great teachers, they're veteran coaches who have been in a lot of situations, as Mel has. He's been through these types of things, and I feel very confident that he's doing the things that he can do to help us go forward.”

Yet Tucker still has a job. So does special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. For that matter, so does offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and Trestman himself, at least for the time being. Trestman’s staunch refusal to even consider this Bears team is not listening to him and is doing a slow tank of the season was maddening, to say the least, so much that WSCR-AM afternoon hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein declared this presser “the end of the Marc Trestman era.

What’s most confounding (for those who care) is a seeming lack of urgency on Trestman’s. Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Trestman insisted all his staff and players needed to do was find out how they were able to play four solid quarters against Atlanta and they could right this ship. But someone in the Bears organization is growing restless with the lack of results. There are only so many Jay Cutler jerseys to burn.