Trestman gets A+ for supporting cast
The jury is still out on Phil Emery’s head coach hiring. In fact, the Jury probably won’t convene for another eight months or so. But one thing is certain – Marc Trestman has surrounded himself with three coordinators that are near ready to take a head coaching gig of their own. Yes, I know, that is a bold statement. But let us look at each coordinator in detail and decide not only what they will bring to the Chicago Bears, but how each has proven themselves to be ready to take the next step in their coaching career.
Aaron Kromer – Offensive Coordinator/Line Coach
Since 2001 Aaron Kromer has coached an NFL offensive line. Four years with the Raiders, three years with the Bucs, and four years with the Saints (after one year of RB Coach). During the 2012 campaign Coach Kromer started the season as Saints Interim Head Coach. Granted, the Saints did start the season 2-4, but don’t throw Coach Kromer under the bus just yet. I would imagine that getting bombarded with unexpected head coaching duties does something to a man. Just imagine the amount of wisdom a person can gain by “filling in” at a role that puts you on the biggest possible opportunity in your field of work. While hopefully Aaron Kromer can work the same kind of magic for our line as he did with the Saints - four years, five linemen with ten Pro Bowls - his role will expand beyond line/coordinator duties. Aaron Kromer will be the man bringing Marc Trestman up-to-date with everything NFL related. We won’t read about it in the papers, and either of them will probably never admit it or even bring it up. But trust me, those few months Aaron Kromer was in charge of the Whole Saints Shebang, very valuable information was learned. I’m not even sure what that information is… But if you were the acting head coach of the Saints early last year, during the biggest, ugliest, circus of a reporting frenzy the NFL has ever seen – then you have learned things nobody else could possibly imagine. I would guess that Aaron Kromer left the Saints with a nasty taste in his mouth. I really hope we play New Orleans in the 2013 playoffs (playoffs?).
Mel Tucker – Defensive Coordinator
You can believe all of the Jaguar’s propaganda if you wanna. I don’t. There is no way Mel Tucker didn’t feel good about his chances to become the 2012 Jaguars Head Coach. Always achieving a good defense (rank 5-10 every year he was coordinator except 2012), with not so much talent, he was quickly given the title as Interim Head Coach after the firing of Jack Del Rio for the final five games of 2011. Check out this quote from Mel Tucker during the press conference after his first loss as Interim Head Coach…
“We did improve as a football team this week in a lot of areas… Those are some things that didn’t show up for the entire game, but they will give us a chance to win and sustain winning in the future.” ~ Mel Tucker on first loss
And that, my Bears Fans, is not a man ready to give up his new position any time soon… Or so we thought. I’m not sure what transpired within the Jacksonville front office between the end of the 2011 campaign and the hiring of Mike Mularkey in January 2012. But if I had to guess it went something like this.. “Oh, Mel, please please please! Don’t leave us hanging this year. We only need one more good defensive year to really get this Jaguars organization back on track! Really, and Mike is a great guy and we are forcing him, I mean, it was Mike’s idea to name you Assistant Coach! Stick with us! You owe your defense that much!“ So, naturally when Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach, Mel Tucker gave us this little gem…
“I had to weigh some factors and ultimately the picture became very clear to me that this is where I needed to be… If I were to say that I was not disappointed, that would be disingenuous… I have to move on quickly and make decisions on where do we go from here? That’s all part of the process…That’s not the first time I’ve been disappointed, won’t be the last. It’s how do you handle it.” ~ Mel Tucker on not getting Head Coach at Jacksonville
That is right Coach Tucker! And how will you handle it? I’ll tell you. First you land yourself a Defensive Coordinator position for the greatest franchise in the NFL. Then you keep the Monsters in the top 5 defensively for a year or two (this should be “easy” for Tucker’s more aggressive style of 4-3). Boom! You are now the best (defensive minded) head coaching candidate to come along in years.
I’m going to leave you with one more beardownblog.net tidbit before starting to talk about our new Special Teams coach… If there is still anyone out there who believes the Rooney Rule is still working correctly, ask yourself. How can eight head coaches be hired this year in the NFL and not one of those new coaches be Mel Tucker or Lovie Smith?
Joe DeCamillis – Special Teams Coordinator
25 years! 1988! That is how long Joe DeCamillis has been a Special Teams Coordinator in the NFL. Gracing the Broncos, Giants, Falcons, Jags, and the Cowboys with his presence for 25 years. I cannot even begin to fathom how much NFL football knowledge is stored away in that man’s brain. In my life I have been a cook for 11 years and either a newspaper mailer or pressman for over 18 years. I honestly feel like I could walk into any kitchen or any newspaper “shop” in the whole country and contribute with some of the know-how I have accumulated over the years. But 25 years? 25 years as third or fourth down on the NFL franchise totem pole. To push a little more of the 25 year perspective through your eyeballs I give you this fact: Joe DeCamillis was hired by the Broncos about the same time Jimmy “The Greek” was fired by CBS.
Oh, and apparently Joe DeCamillis is some sort of local hero for Cowboy Nation because of the way he overcame a broken neck at the Cowboys practice facility May 2, 2009.
OK, maybe Joe isn’t as qualified as Mel or Aaron to be a head coach of an NFL team.. But 25 years at the same position?
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