After a 13-19 record, head coach Marc Trestman was fired, in part, for failing to develop QB Jay Cutler.
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The Chicago Bears have fired head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery after two seasons with the team.
After two straight years missing the playoffs the Bears decided to let go of Trestman and Emery, who went 13-19 in two seasons. In 2013 the Bears were one win away from winning the NFC North division title, but lost to the Packers in the final game of the season. That year the Bears gave up more points than any team in franchise history, but also scored the second most points in team history. In 2014 the Bears started 2-1 but lost five of their next 6 to fall to 3-6. After two wins to move up to 5-6, the Bears lost their final five games to fall to 5-11, the team’s worst record since 2004.
Trestman had years of experience in every level of football and dominated the Canadian Football League, winning two Grey Cups and four division titles. He was thought of as an offensive wizard who would take the Bears offense to the next level and he did in 2013, but the team never developed. And the Bears finished 30th or worst in defense in both years under Trestman, the first time in franchise history the team had fallen that low.
GM Phil Emery gave a lucrative contract extension to QB Jay Cutler, making him the highest paid offensive player in the league in 2014 and 2015 – but Cutler led the league in interceptions, while failing to reach the franchise QB-caliber the team wanted him to be.