This article is part of our Breakfast Table series.
From: scott pianowski
Date: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM
Subject: roll the bones breakfast
To: Mark Stopa
The Monday Night game has been over for a couple of hours, and there's still a bounce in my step. I had no major stake in the result - the Aaron Rodgers injury actually cost me a fantasy game - but I'm over the moon for Marc Trestman, the Chicago head coach.
I know many pundits didn't endorse Trestman's fourth-down gamble in the fourth quarter; some didn't like the mere idea of going for it there, while others felt it was a poor play call. I can see those debates. But what excites me is seeing a coach who's unafraid to pull the trigger on that sort of move, a coach who doesn't play scared. I want that type of guy on my side.
This is the best way to win over a locker room, too. You don't do it by intimidation, Greg Schiano. You do it by being the smartest guy in the room, and you do it by having cojones. If I were a member of the Bears organization, I'd run through a wall for Trestman today.
It makes you wonder why Trestman didn't get a head coaching job earlier. He turns 58 in January. He's had all sorts of assistant coaching success, but he didn't get the Bears job until after a successful stint in Canada. NFL teams apparently labeled Trestman a while ago, and it took a