Bears coach Marc Trestman broke a lot of Chicago hearts Sunday. By leaving in a clearly injured Jay Cutler at quarterback instead of opting for clearly capable backup Josh McCown, he may have cost the Bears the game and, due to tiebreakers and other injuries, a feasible shot at a division title.
It was the first real gaffe of Trestman's young NFL coaching career, signaling the end of his honeymoon. But every Chicago coach has his fall from grace, and some were far worse than Trestman's.
Smith was extremely poor at coach's challenges early in his career, although his success rate improved in later years. (Source: uh, anecdotal-reference.com.) But it was hard to stomach Dec. 13, 2009, against Green Bay, when Smith called a timeout to watch a replay of an obviously correct referee's call, then immediately squandered a second timeout by throwing his red flag.
Or perhaps the first time he said "Rex is our quarterback." Or the time he left Carolina receiver Steve Smith in single coverage in the 2005 playoffs. Just a rich tapestry there.
Accepted the Bulls head coach position on July 23, 1998. Yes, that's it.
For some fans it wasn't until Sweet Lou literally quit on the team midseason in 2010, but for most it was his 2007 NLDS Game 1 decision to pull Carlos Zambrano after only six innings and 85 pitches (!!!) in a 1-1 tie. Piniella later said he was saving his workhorse pitcher for Game 4 work. There was no Game 4.
Guillen's 2005 World Series title earned him mucho political capital among White Sox fans, but using a nasty F-word in 2006 to describe a columnist cost him some. The rest of it was frittered away by an aging roster and his tweets, so let's call it "the day he joined Twitter."
On March 26, 2009, Quenneville almost shaved his mustache. Luckily, Stache was able to talk his way out of that one.
Instead of calming down his melting-down pitcher with a stroll to the mound in the bottom of the eighth in the 2003 NLCS … y'know what? Still too soon. I can't.
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