Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett thinks his new head coach, Marc Trestman, is "brilliant" — so much so, that he compared Trestman to another (fictional) man he thinks is brilliant.
"I think me and Coach Trestman are probably the only two people who understand each other," Bennett said on ESPN 1000's The Jay Cutler Show, according to ESPN.com. "I always say Coach Trestman reminds me of the first Willy Wonka. Not the Johnny Depp one. The Johnny Depp one was really cool, but the first one before that, the 1943 version."
Bennett was actually referring to a 1971 version entitled "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which stars Gene Wilder. Depp starred in the 2005 adaptation, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
"He's a genius," Bennett said of Trestman. "A lot of times when you're around really, really smart people, you don't really understand them.Trestman laughed at the comparison, and he said he's "just happy" Bennett "is here." That makes sense — through two games, Bennett has caught 10 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns, tied for second most among all NFL receivers. He's a big reason the Bears are 2-0 and atop the NFC North heading into Week 3.
"I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. He had all kinds of candy. Who doesn't like chocolate and candies? Everybody wanted a Gobstopper. I just think he's brilliant."