Marc Trestman Lacking Defensive Edge for Chicago Bears Following Lovie Smith Era

By Meriah Milliken
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With the Chicago Bears losing linebacker Brian Urlacher and the end of the Lovie Smith era, the question still stands on whether or not the defensive unit will be able to remain as strong as it’s known to be.  Even with the success rate and reputation Marc Trestman gained with the Canadian Football league, he will have a lot to prove in the upcoming season.  Former Bears coach Lovie Smith is a defensive man, and before becoming the head coaching for the Bears he was the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. It helped mold the now veteran defensive line into a stone wall against the competition. The new Bears defense faces questions about leadership in the upcoming season. With the loss of Urlacher, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and Smith, can Trestman and his staff step up to the plate to maintain Chicago’s defensive reputation?

This is will be Trestman’s first time being head coach in the NFL. He was the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League from 2008-2012. Out of the four seasons, two ended with Grey Cup titles. Trestman’s previous years entailed being in an offensive coaching position such as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.

The offense will surely benefit from Trestman’s experience, especially Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler has yet to make it his completion percentage above 60 percent and has only thrown 100 interceptions in his career.Will Trestman be able to get Cutler above his current 58.8 percent completion percentage? Only time will tell. Will Trestman have a hard time implementing his coaching style that will be able to fill the hole in the defensive line that Urlacher left? Once again, only time will tell. This is going to be a proving year for the transformation of the Bears.

Meriah Milliken is a Chicago Bears writer for Follow her on Twitter @MeriahMilliken, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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