Friday, January 30, 2015

Trestman Goes to Ravens as Offensive Coordinator

Trestman is a good man and a good coach.  He's replacing Gary Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator  on John Harbough's staff and it's a good spot.  He'll have Joe Flacco to work with in Baltimore. 
Trestman has had many years of experience working in the NFL.  Before becoming a head coach, Trestman worked with quarterbacks Bernie Kosar, Scott Mitchell, Jake Plummer, and Rich Gannon.  He gets excellent grades for working with each of these players. 

Trestman moved on to Canada as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes and had great success.  In his five years as head coach of the Mountreal Alouettes, he was in the Grey Cup (their Super Bowl) three times and won it twice.  The Bears hired Trestman as head coach in early 2013. Things did not work out in Chicago.

Trestman talks about facing setbacks as they happen and not being bowled over by them.  For Trestman, how you react to setbacks is part of life just as how your react to wins.  Just how Trestman reacted to his teams play annoyed some Chicago fans. 

Winning championships in the NFL requires many things to line up just right.  In Baltimore, John Harbough had a recent winning tradition that can be built off.  Trestman is a "smart guy" and should do well there. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deli for Super Bowl

My daughter is working in the Deli in our local grocery store.  I am curious about the meats and cheeses people eat and ask her what people are buying these days.  When I was a kid, we ate bologna (after years of peanut butter and jelly).  The bologna came in the plastic containers that hung on the refrigerated section in the store.  Once in a while we'd have ham and cheese.  

When my mother would cook a meatloaf (once a week) the following day we'd have meatloaf sandwich.  But my mother was not an inspired meatloaf cook.  Our meatloaf was kind of hard as a rock.  But at least it stayed in one piece when cut.  Sometimes we'd have pork chops. My dad was a policeman and made pork chops sandwiches for our lunch.  It must have been a specialty at the time.  He would slather two pieces of bread with chunks of butter and cover the pork chop.  He'd leave the bone in.  It was always difficult to extract the bone without getting you hands full of butter.

Getting back to my daughter at the deli.  Most people eat turkey and cheese today.   Ham is probably a distant third.  There are tons of varieties of turkey.  They have Dietz and Watson meats and Land O' Lakes, which are premium brands.  Some of the turkey tastes like something from another world.  They have an Applewood Smoked turkey that is about $8 a pound on sale.  The good American cheese is running about $6 a pound. 

My wife buys the stuff on sale, but my daughter sometimes buys the Dietz and Watson stuff. If the average American can buy deli today for the Super Bowl they can get a darn good sandwich.  And believe it or not, my daughter's store is selling a nice little package of bologna for about a $1.  My wife makes a fried bologna sandwich which has just a little fried onion on it--it's very good, but not on my diet these days.  

Whatever you put on your table this weekend, I hope it is good.  At my table I am going to think about those who came before me and say a little prayer for them.  It seems like Super Bowl has become a second Thanksgiving Day only in the middle of winter.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vic Fangio and Adam Gase Join Bears

Vic Fangio is the Bears new Defensive Coordinator and Adam Gase is the new Offensive Coordinator under John Fox.  Fangio is a coach who uses players with multiple skills and can play multiple roles in his complex schemes.  The Bears will have to acquire many of the players to fit his schemes.  Fangio has served as defensive coordinator most recently with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014.  He had 28 NFL seasons and is 56 years old.

Adam Gase is a young coach, 36,  who took the Offensive Coordinator with Fox and the Broncos in 2013-2014. Before that he coached the quarterback and receivers with Denver.  He was with the Lions as a scout and moved up to quarterback coach before he went to San Francisco for a year. Gase worked closely with Peyton Manning and is popular with the players.  Gase is five years older than Jay Cutler and 2 years younger than Peyton Manning.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fox Says All the Right Things at Bears' Introduction

If you've listened to the John Fox interviews, you know he says all the right things and you have the impression that he means them.  Here are ten points that Fox has made:

1. Quarterback is one of the players and it takes 11 on the field.  Yes, the quarterback is important, but we should not look at the QB in a vacuum.  A lot of people point to Cutlet as the reason for the Bears tough season, but you have to look at a lot of reason's beyond Cutler. 

2. Fox is one of several important team managers.  The right staff is important.

3. Fox comes from great organizations and he brings with him those principles.  

4. Football is tough and he understands that players have to be tough physically and mentally.

5. Fox is a football guy. His life is steeped in football and he brings his passion with him.

6. Winning is fun and that's what is important.

7. He has just started to process of evaluation and he is skilled at it. 

8. He loves the fact that Chicago is behind the Bears and is a Bears town.

9. He understand the importance of winning in the division.

10. He does not assume the team will be great right away, but he does not shrink from responsibility. 


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Chicago Bears Hire John Fox as Head Coach

The Chicago Bears have hired a veteran head coach who has a tremendous amount going for himself and will provide a guided leadership on a team that needs direction. It's good new for the Bears.

I don't know much about John Fox, but I do remember watching him during Super Bowl XXXVIII (for the 2003 season) between his Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. Fox had a quarterback, Jake Delhomme,  who had only played a handful of games for the Saints, but had played for the NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy. He was up against Tom Brady.  Fox's Carolina Panthers gave the Patriots everything they could handle and the game was won when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 41-yard field goal to give New England a 32–29 lead with four seconds left in the game.

Bear fans might remember that Julius Peppers and Muhsim Mohammad were playing for Carolina at the time.  I remember watching Fox and thinking that he was matching up with Belichick and getting the most out of his team.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NFL New Head Coaches Update

It's kind of interesting to see the NFL coaching prospects this year.


The four top coaches in the playoffs are:

Mike McCarthty of the Packers who is 51 years old.
Chuck Pagano of the Colts who is 54 years old.

Bill Belichick of the Patriots who is 62 years old.
Pete Carroll of the Seahawks who is 63 years old.

The coaches remaining who are looking for a head coaching job or at least in the conversation:


Adam Gase who is 36.

Dan Quinn who is 44.
Teryl Austin who is 49
Doug Marrone who is 50.


Gary Kubiac who is 53.
John Fox who is 59.
Mike Shanahan who is 62.

The teams looking for a coach are:

Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears

Atlanta Falcons

Already Picked

Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan
New York Jets Todd Bowles
Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio
San Francisco 49ers Jim Tomsula









Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NFL Coach Prospects this Year

It's kind of interesting to see the NFL coaching prospects this year. 


The four top coaches in the playoffs are:

Mike McCarthty of the Packers who is 51 years old.
Chuck Pagano of the Colts who is 54 years old.

Bill Belichick of the Patriots who is 62 years old.
Pete Carroll of the Seahawks who is 63 years old.

The coaches who are looking for a head coaching job or at least in the conversation:


Adam Gase who is 36.

Dan Quinn who is 44.
Teryl Austin who is 49
Doug Marrone who is 50.

Todd Bowles who is 51.
Gary Kubiac who is 53.
John Fox who is 59.
Mike Shanahan who is 62.

The coach has to fit into the organization.  The teams looking for a coach are:

Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears
San Francisco 49ers
New York Jets
Atlanta Falcons
Oakland Raiders

The Buffalo Bills have selected Rex Ryan already.  There are many stories in the press about who is going where.  Let's see how this all plays out.