Chicago Bears made the inevitable decision to fire head coach Marc Trestman after one of the most disappointing seasons for the Bears franchise in its history.
The Bears finished the season 5-11 after a series of terrible performances which culminated with an underwhelming 13-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in their final regular season game of the year.
Trestman’s firing was expected after he led an incredibly talented bunch of athletes to an 8-8 record in 2013 as well, before this year’s debacle. But what wasn’t so sure was the decision by the Bears to fire general manager Phil Emery too, with Chicago making a huge clearout ahead of what is likely to be a hugely interesting off-season in Illinois.
“Both general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman have been fired by the Chicago Bears. A full house cleaning has taken place in Chicago,” NFL insider Ian Rapoport told NFL Network.
“I talked with Bears assistant coaches on Saturday (the day before the final regular season game), and they told me that this is exactly what they expected.
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No love for Emery
“I’m told that Phil Emery did not have a lot of friends at the Bears. And Trestman also came with the promise of saying he would fix Jay Cutler, which simply did not happen.”
Reporter Ian Rapoport played his own little role in the debacle in Chicago this season when he spoke with Bears’ defensive coordinator Aaron Kromer off the record about the dissatisfaction amongst Chicago personnel at the way Jay Cutler was performing this season.
Shocking Cutler contract
Such has been Cutler’s fall from grace this year, you can understand why Phil Emery, who gave the quarterback a huge $126 million contract with $58 million guaranteed in January, is heading out the door.
Only time will tell whether or not Chicago will sort out all of their problems this offseason, but it can’t get much worse for the Bears that’s for sure.