(WSCR) If anything, Lovie Smith was a player’s coach.
It’s no secret his team loved playing for him, so when the Bears decided to fire Smith after last year’s 10-6 season, it was unclear how the players would respond to a new coach.
Bears president Ted Phillips joined The Mully and Hanley Show on Thursday and spoke of Trestman’s influence in the locker room.
“Anytime you’re making a change at your head coaching position, it’s a tough transition. I don’t care who the individuals are. It’s difficult to quickly get the club to coalesce on both sides of the ball and play at a high level right away. Coach Trestman came in here and has done a really great job of building a strong locker room, getting the guys to believe in him on both sides of the ball, which wasn’t easy, with Lovie (Smith’s) defensive success in particular over the years.