As expected, the Bears have parted ways with general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman. The team also fired with offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. The team made the announcement in a press conference on Monday.Under Trestman, the Bears disintegrated in 2014 to a 5-11 finish, which was the franchise’s worst single-season mark in ten seasons. In two years with the Bears, Trestman went 13-19, with no playoff appearances. He is the first Bears coach to be fired after only two seasons.Team President Ted Phillips is also leaving the organizaion.
The embattled GM took over in 2012 after spending the previous two seasons as the director of scouting for the Atlanta Falcons. He presided over the team for three seasons, firing Lovie Smith and hiring Marc Trestman as the head coach in 2013. He also signed star quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract before the start of the 2014 season. Cutler has struggled since signing the extension and was even benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen late in the season.Emery hit on notable draft picks like Alshon Jeffery, Kyle Long, Jon Bostic and Kyle Fuller, but it was ultimately the decision to hire Trestman and sign Cutler to a long-term deal that led to his dismissal. Bruce Arians, who’s having success in Arizona, was one of the candidates to coach the Bears before Emery went with Trestman. The Bears went 23-25 over three seasons under Emery. He leaves a Bears roster with the most players over the age of 30 with 17 and the fewest first-round picks with five.
The Bears could give a head coaching candidate like Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles a call. Mike Shanahan also appears to be interested in the vacancy. The Bears announced they hired former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi to help them hire a general manager and a coach.