Any list of top NFL coaches will have the usual suspects near the top of the list. You win a Super Bowl, you can consider yourself one of the best. Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton and Mike Tomlin are a good starting five.
Earlier today the Sporting News revealed their NFL Coach Rankings, and the five listed above was the beginning of their list. The Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy checked in at #10, Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was 14th, new Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell was 16th and way down at 25th overall was Chicago Bears head man Marc Trestman.
Out of the NFL for eight years, in Canada for five years ... now that's an unconventional hire. The 8-8 record in Trestman's rookie year was a little too pedestrian, though, especially considering the NFC North was dying to be taken late last season. If things don't get better, prepare for the Bears to be accused of out-thinking themselves, and fairly so.
I agree that 8-8 was disappointing, as was the plethora of injuries the team suffered through in 2013. But good coaches and good teams find a way to overcome injuries.
With another year of tweaking the roster by GM Phil Emery, and another year in the system by the staff and players, anything less than nine wins in 2014 would be a setback.
I'm OK with Trestman's 25th ranking, for now.....