Once I used to take great pride in my New Year’s Speeches, especially those that I uploaded to my Blogspot-I’m Jeffrey Rex blog. When that blog was drowned by the internet dust, I gave up on uploading these speeches – and therefore I did not give you one at the end of 2013. Now, however, I’ve decided to return to the comfortable world of speech writing. With that having been said, I haven’t done this in a long time – so beware.
The two speeches that I was able to upload to the archive on this blog both had specific dedications. I dedicated 2011 to democracy, and 2012 to the victims of mass shootings. Seeing as I never wrote this type of speech in 2013, I never got to dedicate that year to anything – but retroactively I’d probably dedicate it to the freedom fighters that chose to stand up against their own nation, their own government – the ones that do what is best for the many civilians. I’m talking about Snowden, of course, and people like him. Some things should be kept secret, but the information leaked did also aid us in understanding the governmental injustices of a Goliath in the western world.
But enough of that, let’s get to 2014. A year that is full of disappointment for me, loss, a depressed state, but also a year in which I finally got to do what I really wanted.
On monday December 29th 2014 the Chicago Bears fired three very important people. First it was general manager Phil Emery, then head coach Marc Trestman – and finally Aaron Kromer. Along with that, new information surfaced about the hiring of Marc Trestman.
This post will tell you why you need to fire these three men – and who I would like to see in Chicago in 2015. Before doing that though, let me state the obvious – the Trestman/QB-Guru project was a disaster.
So, Phil Emery is perhaps the most shocking sack of the season for non-Bears fans. Let’s state why he’s gone.
His draft picks didn’t work out – we practically only have fond memories of Jeffery and Long…
Emery stated that they would progress, become even better – when they actually went from 10-6, to 8-8 and now 5-11.
Emery hired Trestman to fix the offense. He did not.
“At the time, the plan was to retain the highly regarded Marinelli to run the defense. And he had planned to, remaining on even after close friend Smith was fired. But back in mid-January 2013, as part of their final selection process for a head coach to replace Smith, Emery and the organization had Marinelli interview the three finalists for the head-coaching job.
Marinelli was asked to rank the three. He did. Arians was his runaway first choice; Bevell was the second; Trestman was a distant third.
Emery selected Trestman.
When he learned of the decision, Marinelli abruptly angrily resigned and left Halas Hall for Dallas and a de facto demotion to defensive line coach.” – John Mullins, CSNCHICAGO.COM.
So, this is basically self-explanatory. The same can be said for Kromer and Trestman.
Aaron Kromer outed his personal problems with Jay Cutler to the press… Inexcusable, instantly fired in my humble opinion.
Destroying an offense you were hired to fix.
Doing the reverse-Lovie Smith (not having balance defensively).
Not utilizing your best player (Matt Forte), i.e. not running the ball.
I will say, I wanted Trestman – but it didn’t work out. The fact that Chicago could have had Arians AND our old DC, but chose not to is inexcusable. So now Bears look ahead for new hirings. Therefore we need to mention some possibilities. First let’s look at my preferred GM:
Jeff Ireland – former GM of the Miami Dolphins.
This guy has plenty of experience, his granddad has ties to the Bears – and he himself was a ball boy for the Chicago Bears once. This could be a perfect fit.
No full analysis of the various HC candidates, but I’ll list my top 5 here in no particular order:
Mike Shanahan, former LA Raiders, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos Head Coach.
Rex Ryan, former New York Jets Head Coach (son of former Bears DC, Buddy Ryan).
Dave Toub, former Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinator.
Greg Roman, current Offensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.
Dan Quinn, current Defensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.
Last year, I introduced 17 categories – one of which has been discontinued, or at least not considered for the nomination process, this year (PlayStation Vita Game of the Year). This year, I’ll present the following list of categories, which does include new categories:
Biggest Entertainment Disappointment of the Year
PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
PlayStation 4 Game of the Year
PC/Mac Game of the Year
Nintendo Game of the Year
Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
Overall Game of the Year
Superhero Film of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
Superhero of the Year
Superheroine of the Year
Movie of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
Television Show of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
Song of the Year
Chelsea FC Player of the Year
Chicago Bears Player of the Year
FC Copenhagen Player of the Year
Overall Performance of the Year
A total number of 25 categories. 25 winners to be announced today. Please be aware that cinematic and gaming release dates are based on the Danish theaters, so, films from 2014 that premiere in 2015 (in Denmark), won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards-announcement. First, let’s dive into some gaming-related awards…