Merriam-Webster's dictionary has a definition for Déjà vu and their definition goes like this:
a : the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time
The difference - and I think it's substantial - is that all those coaches were hired by Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith. Undoubtedly, Bears fans have grown weary of Déjà vu, which is why different people are now in charge . Phil Emery has a plan for the team going forward (Phil Emery probably has a plan for everything going forward) and, from that vantage, the hiring of Trestman makes a lot of sense. To compare, the Martz hiring was a shot in the dark as, you'll recall, no one else wanted to work for Smith, who they fully expected to be a lame duck coach. They also weren't keen, I expect, on working under a GM who had ignored his offensive line for the better part of a decade. Martz's system was never a good match for the Bears personell, but as it turned out, Martz was, largely because no one wanted to work with him, either. He had a reputation for being stubborn and, after several post-Rams stints around the league, it was clear that his system only worked when it was played with 5 Hall of Famers. And, while he may have been an innovator, no one was going to confuse him with a "quarterback whisperer". If anything, he was the coaching equivalent of a performance-enhancing-drug. Sure, he could inflate your numbers, but it came at a price. Kurt Warner paid it and so did Jay Cutler, and eventually, Martz got exposed.Similarly, Tice's hiring was borne partially out of connivence and partially out of Smith's loyal-to-a-fault brand of staffing. Everyone knew going in that he hadn't ever game-called plays, so he could hardly be called a sure-commodity, much less an innovator. His ticket got punched because had worked wonders on the offensive line and he was the closest Chicago could provide to consistency. But he was never a Best-fit-for-the-Bears pick. He was a Best-fit-for-Lovie-pick. And that, in my opinion, is largely the reason that Smith is no longer the head coach - he lived and died by his loyalty. And this time, he died. The Trestman/Kromer hirings are different for one very big reason and that is that they were the product of a protracted search, based on Phil Emery's plan, aimed at restructuring the team to maximize it's existing strengths. These guys were brought in because they were Best-fit-for-the-Bears picks. Of course, that doesn't guarentee that they'll light the world on fire next September. There are going to be growing pains with every change and Trestman, despite his experience, has as much to prove as anyone. But Bears fans should have greater reason for optimism, if only because whatever we see next year, it won't be anything we've seen before.