In his lengthy career as a football coach, new Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has spent 10 seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator (OC): Cleveland Browns (1988-1989); San Francisco 49ers (1995-1996); Arizona Cardinals (1998-2000); Oakland Raiders (2001-2003).
To give us a better idea of what to expect from Chicago's offense going forward – specifically, in what areas the unit will improve – let's take a look at the rankings of Trestman's offenses during his 10 seasons as an NFL OC.
Total offense: 18th
Passing offense: 9th
Rushing offense: 24th
As you can see, Trestmans' offenses averaged 14th overall and 11th in passing. Since 2000, the Bears have not ranked 14th overall or 11th in passing, or better, in any single season.
Basically, if Trestman can come in and do an average job with Chicago's offense, the group as a whole, as well as the passing attack, will be better than it has been in 14 seasons.
That, more than anything else, is the reason Trestman was hired as the organization's 14th head coach. To win in today's NFL, you have to be able to pass the ball effectively. Under Trestman, the Bears should be able to accomplish that on a yearly basis.
**Editor's Note: I'll be updating this page all day with fresh numbers on Trestman, as well as those on new offensive coordinator Aaron Komar and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis.**
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.