In an interview with SI’s Peter King Bears GM Phil Emery explains why he fired former HC Lovie Smith.
“Part of it was because I really believe looking at a team that if you’re going to have success, the most important relationship is between the head coach and the quarterback.”- Phil Emery Bears GM to Peter King via NFL.com August 1st
Emery explained that he wanted a HC to build a rapport with QB Jay Cutler. Although Lovie Smith had much success, Emery didn’t feel confident with Smith’s defensive background. For Emery’s sake and for the Bears’ sake, they better hope that Marc Trestman’s relationship with Jay Cutler brings success.