While it seems the St. Louis Rams are taking their sweet time when it comes to filling the void for offensive coordinator, one man’s name should rise to the top of their list: Marc Trestman.
Trestman tested the waters of the NFL head coaching world with the Chicago Bears and had miserable results, going 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the NFC North.
Trestman, though, did produce a nice passing offense. His Bears ranked 15th in the league with 237.0 yards per game. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 3,800 yards and 28 touchdowns albeit with 18 interceptions.
Trestman’s offense produced a 1,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard receiver in Matt Forte and Alshon Jefferey and the team had three other players catch passes for over 700 yards this season, including Forte, tight end Martellus Bennett and wideout Brandon Marshall. Jeffery and Marshall combined for 18 touchdowns.
Then you look at St. Louis, the 23rd-ranked passing offense in the league (212.5 YPG).
The Rams leading receiver was Kenny Britt with 48 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bears and the Rams are more similar than you’d think, however, despite their difference in numbers.
Take away St. Louis’ struggling QB situation and you almost have the same team.
As far as receivers go, the Rams have Britt and Brian Quick manning the outside while WVU’s Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin take care of slot duties. Austin, much like Forte, could be a viable pass-catching option out of the backfield, as well.
St. Louis has talented tight ends in Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks. Trestman utilized a tight end, Bennett, very well while in Chicago and could do the same in St. Louis.
Trestman is known as a quarterback whisperer and that simple fact could do wonders for St. Louis, whose signal caller position is up in the air heading into the 2015 season.
One of the biggest knocks on the Rams in the past two years from WVU fans has been the inability to use Austin and Bailey. Bailey ended up as the third leading receiver on the team after coming on late in the year, but Austin still hasn’t been unleashed on the NFL other than for punt return purposes. He had 31 receptions for just 242 yards and didn’t score once off of a pass this past season.
Trestman has a knack for making offenses go and loves to air it out. If he gets into the Rams system, you could be looking at a high-powered offense similar to what Austin and Bailey ran at West Virginia, putting them both, and the Rams, into a position to turn some heads.