The Chicago Bears exhaustive search for a new head coach has finally come to a conclusion. Marc Trestman will be the 14th head coach in Chicago Bears' franchise history. General manager Phil Emery interviewed 14 candidates throughout his search, but he narrowed it down to three finalists earlier this week. Those three were Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Indianapolis Colts' offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and the recently hired Trestman. It was clear from the beginning that the demise of former head coach Lovie Smith was largely due to the inadequate play on offense. Emery knew that inadequacy needs to change in order for the Bears to be a complete team, and offense was his primary target in his coaching search.
Trestman has a very interesting, unique, and highly qualified head coaching pedigree. He spent over 17 seasons coaching in the NFL with positions ranging from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator to assistant head coach. His most recent coaching stint was as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
This has drawn some skepticism from fans and analysts alike, and although Trestman does boast some impressive credentials, he has been out of coaching in the NFL since 2004. Also, the CFL uses differently sized fields than the NFL, and it utilizes 12 players on the field as opposed to the NFL standard of 11. Be that as it may, Trestman had great success in Montreal and accomplished a lot. He coached the Alouettes to back-to-back championships in '09 and '10 and won CFL's Coach of the Year in 2009. Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo also won two CFL MVP awards under the tutelage of him as well.
Trestman has high regard amongst NFL experts when it comes to coaching and developing quarterbacks, which clearly has a tie in with Bears' current quarterback Jay Cutler. He has even worked with Cutler prior to the NFL combine before he was drafted in 2007. Trestman is credited for developing successful quarterbacks like Bernie Kosar, Steve Young, and Rich Gannon. Also, he received high praise for his work with Gannon in 2002 in which he was named the NFL's MVP. He even worked as a consultant to offensive guru and New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton in 2007.
The process of hiring the rest of his staff has also started. Saints' interim coach Aaron Kromer will take over as the Bears' offensive coordinator. Dallas Cowboys' special teams coach Joe DeCamillis has also been signed with the Bears for the same position, replacing longtime special teams coach Dave Toub. DeCamillis was amongst the many coaches that was interviewed for the head coach position as well. For further breaking news on the rest of Trestman's coaching staff, follow @ConMagicJuan and @Fballnation on Twitter.
This will be a very interesting offseason in 2013 for the Chicago Bears. It is clear that Emery is looking to change football philosophies over at Halas Hall. It is a change that has been needed for sometime though. During the tenure of Lovie Smith over the past nine seasons, the Bears were almost always competitive and at one point they were even on the verge of winning a Super Bowl. Although they were competitive, they missed out on the playoffs five of the last six seasons. Times have changed and so has the style of play in the NFL. There have even been rules that have changed recently which have arguably created a slight advantage in terms of offensive style of play.
The Bears' roster does have offensive talent on it with the likes of Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Cutler. Their offensive line needs immense help and that will need to be the top agenda heading into this offseason now that the head coaching search has come to an end. Emery and Trestman will likely be the brains behind this offseason's roster moves and NFL Draft picks.
The Marc Trestman era has begun in Chicago. Will his new offensive philosophies and head coaching style take the Bears to the next level? It will be very interesting to find out.