With training camp getting underway this week, the question of which new NFL head coach has the most pressure to put together a winning season is among the many topics being discussed.
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is my leading candidate for the coach feeling the most heat to win in his first season with a new team for both the obvious reasons, and one maybe not so obvious reason.
For Trestman, there are plenty of clear reasons why the 2013-14 season is a postseason-or-bust type year from him and the Bears. With Chicago finishing 10-6 and just one win away from a wild-card berth a season ago, Trestman takes over a Bears team that is expected to win double-digit games once again. Although it’s his first year as a head coach in the NFL, Trestman must deal with a double-edged sword. Yes, he’s been given a team that has the talent to possibly win the NFC, but with that comes very high expectations. And if he fails to reach the playoffs in his first year in Chicago, many will wonder if he is the right man for the job.
With their hated rivals from the north winning the division each of the last three seasons, Trestman will also try and do something former Bears coach Lovie Smith failed to do in his final years in the Windy City — beat the Green Bay Packers.
Add in the fact that he’s the head coach of an organization that hasn’t won the Super Bowl since 1985, and it’s easy to see why all eyes are on the offensive guru Marc Trestman this year.
While all the reasons mentioned above have to do with the game of football, there might be another issue, non-football related, putting pressure on Trestman to win in 2013. Currently, both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs sit 16 games out of first-place in their divisions. With both baseball teams well out of the playoff hunt, naturally, Chicago sports fans have grown increasingly eager for the Bears to begin, what they hope, will be an unforgettable season.
It’s not only the fans who have already migrated from the baseball diamond to the football field. Most of Chicago’s sports media has seemly forgot the White Sox and Cubs still have two-plus months of baseball to play. Rather than spend their air time discussing actual sporting events, local Chicago sports radio and TV shows have spent the past week dissecting unimportant topics like what time Trestman has the players stretch for practice.
In recent years, at least one of the two Chicago baseball teams still had a glimmer of hope of making a playoff push heading into August. However, with both the Sox and Cubs building for the future, the spotlight on Trestman and the Bears has seemly grown twice as big since arriving for training camp earlier this week.