Merriam-Webster's dictionary has a definition for Déjà vu and their definition goes like this:
: something overly or unpleasantly familiar
I feel as if I've written an optimistic story before about an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach combination that was supposed to come in and change the Chicago Bears' franchise fortunes into Super Bowl glory.
Three years ago with Lovie Smith still in charge, the Chicago Bears embarked on an offensive coordinator search that landed two well-known highly regarded offensive coaches.
Mike Martz received ringing endorsements from Marshal Faulk
and Kurt Warner two former players who succeeded immensely under the guidance of this offensive genius. Martz was considered innovative, the perfect guy for Jay Cutler. He developed Kurt Warner from grocery store bagger into a Super Bowl winning potential hall of fame QB.
Kurt Warner spoke highly of Mike Martz on the Waddle and Silvy show, just like former pupils of Marc Trestman, Rich Gannon and Steve Young spoke highly of him.
Over the last few days ESPN 1000 WMVP has had on Gannon, Young, Tim Brown, and Jerry Rice to talk about Trestman and they've all had nothing but positive things to say about him.
Flash back to three years ago and ESPN 1000
followed the same script speaking with Kurt Warner, Ricky Proehl and others who played under Martz who called him a genius. Trestman too has been called an offensive genius in much the same way that Martz has.
The same warm and fuzzy feelings that existed with Martz now exist with the hiring of Marc Trestman.
"The other part of it is I think Mike was great at designing offenses with the people he had and the players. But what made us so great was we had great players as well. Mike had confidence in us, he put us in position to win but we had the players who could win. It was that combination that made us the Greatest Show On Turf." Warner said at the time.
The adoration being showered upon Marc Trestman by former players is nothing short of the same adoration showered upon Mike Martz.
The difference is the style of offenses; the Bears are going back to a West Coast offense (the same offense Ron Turner ran) getting away from the offenses that Martz and Tice ran the last three seasons.
In addition to hiring Marc Trestman the Bears have added now former New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer who has developed offensive linemen with the Saints the same way Tice did with the Vikings.
From the article: "As the Vikings' offensive line coach, Tice tutored five different players — Matt Birk, Jeff Christy Randall McDaniel,Todd Steussie, and Korey Stringer to 10 Pro Bowl appearances. In 1998, when the Vikings scored an NFL-record 556 points, three Minnesota offensive linemen started in the Pro Bowl."
Again Kromer's success parallels the coach that proceeded him, Mike Tice.
So now the question becomes just how much better is Trestman than Mike Martz. Neither Martz nor Trestman are the god father's of their offenses, both have developed their offenses in different ways. Trestman's west coast offense comes from Bill Walsh and Martz's greatest show on turf offense from Don Coryell's pioneering down the field passing attack offense.
Both coordinators had massive success at their previous jobs in the NFL, Trestman with the Raiders and 49ers, Martz developed the Lions passing attack into one of the best in the NFL to go with what he did with the Rams in winning a Super Bowl.
Tice's resume in Minnesota is much like Kromer's in New Orleans. Kromer developed Jermon Bushrod, John Sullivan (now with the 49ers) Carl Nicks, and Jahri Evans.
Chicago Bears fans need to be wise in their enthusiasm and proclamations that these are the two guys that will turn the fortunes of this franchise around.
After all if there's a lesson to be learned from déjà vu, it's that other saying: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.