Trestman a Better Hire Than Arians and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  Interim head coach Bruce Arians jogs off the field following the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears made the opposite choice of the Indianapolis Colts when it comes to who should run and design their offense.

Last year, the Colts passed on Marc Trestman in favor of Bruce Arians as their offensive coordinator. Trestman had interviewed for the head coaching job, and many thought he would make an outstanding coordinator.

Instead, they went with Bruce Arians, who is now a coach of the year candidate.

The Bears have picked Trestman to be their new head coach according to the Associated Press, and they passed on Arians to do it.

Like the Colts, the Bears are now looking to build around their quarterback, and Trestman is the perfect hire for it. He's got an impeccable NFL offensive resume and plenty of head coaching experience in Canada.

While Arians has been great, his tactics are endlessly controversial. From the beating his quarterbacks take to the lack of passes to the running backs, it seems like fans are always dissatisfied with his play-calling.

His quarterbacks swear by him, however, and it certainly appeared that the Steelers took a step back offensively after he left, dropped from sixth to 19th in DVOA on offense.

Given the state of the Chicago offensive line, perhaps Arians' offense wouldn't have been a good fit. The Bears made a wise choice in Trestman, and the Colts could well benefit from having continuity in their young offense.

That is, of course, unless the Cardinals hire Arians away.

General Interest

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus runs down how quarterbacks did on third down.

Houston Texans

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle does a video set to wrap up the season.

Indianapolis Colts

Ben Savage of Colts Authority looks at the play of Jerraud Powers.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Bruce Arians has an interview with Arizona.

Tennessee Titans

John Glennon of the Tennessean says the Titans have plenty of cap room.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports Kenny Britt is not a suspect in the incident in New Jersey.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says the Jags are one of the last two teams without a coach.


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