With the Chicago Bears victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Bears head coach Marc Trestman notched his eighth win of his first season as the head coach of the Bears. The eight wins in Trestman’s first season marks the most that any first-year Bears head coach has had during the Super Bowl era.
While the review of Trestman will not be complete until after the season, the first-year head coach has impressed. When Trestman was first hired in January, many projected the Bears to be around the 7-win mark this season and missing the playoffs. With two games remaining on the season, Trestman has the opportunity to not only secure a 10-win season but also secure a playoff berth in his first season.
That would certainly be a start in the right direction for Trestman and his coaching career with the Bears.
Certainly Trestman can be questioned for his in-game management, but the head coach should be applauded for his management of the Bears this season. The Bears have been decimated with injuries this season. Defensive lineman Henry Melton, Nate Collins; linebacker D.J. Williams; and cornerback Charles Tillman have all suffered season-ending injuries. Linebacker Lance Briggs and quarterback Jay Cutler both suffered significant injuries that kept the pair sidelined for an extended amount of time.
Despite all those injuries, the Bears are sitting in a position where they could possibly finish the season with 10 wins in addition to making the playoffs.
A combination that the Bears could not achieve last season.