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Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says Marc Trestman better suited as an offensive coordinator

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says Marc Trestman better suited as an offensive coordinator
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett talks to coach Marc Trestman during the team's minicamp in June. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

Martellus Bennett didn't mince words Friday when asked about former Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman, the Ravens' new offensive coordinator.

During an NFL Network appearance, the Bears' Pro Bowl tight end made it clear that he believes Trestman is better suited to be an offensive coordinator than lead the entire team.

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Trestman was fired after going 5-11 this season and 13-19 in two seasons as the Bears' head coach. Bennett said it was difficult for Trestman to handle the personalities in the Bears' locker room, including himself.

"Trestman, I think the issue that he had probably was managing us all, all the different personalities," Bennett said. "There's a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that's hard when you got guys like me, you know, [wide receiver Brandon] Marshall, [linebacker] Lance Briggs on defense, [cornerback Charles] Tillman."

Known for his offensive acumen and intellectual approach to football, Trestman replaced Gary Kubiak earlier this month when Kubiak was hired to become the Denver Broncos' head coach.

Trestman has been called the "quarterback whisperer" for his rapport with quarterbacks and refining of their techniques.

"Calling plays, he was excellent," said Bennett, who caught 90 passes for 961 yards and six touchdowns last season. "I think he's going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens. Strategically, he was great, but, on the field, guys just weren't executing."

Trestman has drawn praise from several NFL coaches, including Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.

Bradley has competed against Trestman when Bradley was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator.

"I know Marc, I think the world of him," Bradley said at the Senior Bowl. "He's a very quality person, great football mind, great football mind. For him, you hear all he does with the quarterbacks and how he's helped so many quarterbacks over his career. I think of it as helping an offense throughout his career, too. So, I really enjoy visiting with Marc Trestman."

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