NFL Black Monday: If Chicago Fires Marc Trestman, Could Bears Hire Mike Shanahan As Next Head Coach?

The Chicago Bears had a dismal season. The offense sputtered. The defense disappointed. The coaching staff underperformed and the highly paid starters underwhelmed. It is a season to forget in The Windy City, and it may not be one that head coach Marc Trestman is able to survive. If Chicago does indeed fire Trestman, which is certainly expected, could the Bears turn to the man who helped propel the careers of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall back when all three were with the Denver Broncos? If the Bears plan on keeping Cutler, then hiring Mike Shanahan as the team’s next head coach may be a wise move.

Trestman benched Cutler after the Bears signed him to a huge extension. Was the contract ludicrous? Absolutely. Does Chicago have buyer’s remorse? Even Marshall said that they should, and he and Cutler go way back. It would be awfully difficult for the Bears to trade or release Cutler, although there have been whispers that the Tennessee Titans may be interested. If Chicago is intent to hold on to Cutler for at least one more season to see if the embattled quarterback can get his career back on track, then it would certainly make sense to bring in the man who traded up to draft him to see if he can get the job done.

It has been reported that Shanahan would not only like to return to coaching, but would relish the opportunity to once again work with Cutler. Last week, Marshall was heard quoting his old coach, saying that “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

Whether or not anyone should read anything into that remains to be seen. But once the Bears finish their season on Sunday with no playoff berth, let the NFL coaching rumors begin as we enter Black Monday, with Trestman in serious jeopardy of being replaced.

Why not replace him with Shanahan?


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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.