The Chicago Bears failed to qualify for the playoffs this season but that did not stop Bears head coach Marc Trestman from being brought up during the media day festivities for Super Bowl XLVIII.
During his session on Tuesday during Media Day, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson praised Trestman while acknowledging that the two are good friends and remain in contact.
“I knew that coach Marc Trestman had extreme passion for the game,” Wilson said. “So I have a lot of respect for coach Marc Trestman and all the things he’s done.” -Russell Wilson, ESPN Chicago
One could say that the success of Wilson in his first two seasons in the NFL is one of the reasons why Trestman was hired to be the Bears head coach. Trestman recruited Wilson in 2006 to North Carolina State before the quarterback transferred to the University of Wisconsin. Beyond that, Trestman also worked out Wilson before the quarterback was drafted by the Seahawks prior to the 2012 season.
Of course, the story of Wilson has been well documented. Part of the reason that Wilson fell in the draft was because many believed the vertically challenged quarterback would struggle in the NFL. Wilson still has his critics but has brought the Seahawks to within a game of being Super Bowl champions in only his second season.
Wilson’s success in the NFL spoke to the notion of Trestman being a quarterback whisperer. A label that the Bears were very much interested in considering the fact that they were looking for a head coach to pair with starting quarterback Jay Cutler. It was a pairing that succeeded for the Bears in 2013.
Despite the injuries, Cutler had arguably the best year of his career in 2013 under Trestman. In 2013, Cutler had a career-high quarterback rating of 89.2 to go along with a completion percentage of 63.1% with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
With Cutler and Trestman in the fold for several more years, perhaps both will be featured at a Super Bowl media day in the near future.