Raise your hand if you were contacted by the Chicago Bears about the head coaching vacancy over the past couple weeks.
OK, you can lower your hand now. We all know Bears GM Phil Emery’s list of candidates was longer than the list of quarterbacks the Bears have been through since Jim McMahon.
So it’s only fitting that the ultimate winner of this coaching search better suited for reality TV, has a long list of previous jobs.
The winner in both cases…Marc Trestman. Who?
I, too, asked the same question when I first heard the name last week. Trestman is a journeyman coach who has landed in 12 different cities covering three different levels. The mystery man has held coaching positions at the college level, in the NFL and most recently in the Canadian Football League.
Don’t let the long laundry list fool you. He has been successful and as Bears personnel and fans have found out he has a bevy of endorsements from well respected men in the NFL. Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson, former NFL MVP Rich Gannon and Hall of Fame NFL writer John Clayton are just a few of the endorsements in Trestman’s corner.
OK, so the man has highly respected friends, what about his coaching ability you ask?
His first coaching gig came under the before mentioned Johnson while at the University of Miami.
After two seasons as a volunteer coach, Trestman was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1983. With Bernie Kosar as the starting quarterback, Johnson, Trestman and the Hurricanes won the National Championship.
From Miami, Trestman would try the NFL out. He wore the tag of running backs coach (Vikings), quarterback coach (Buccaneers, Browns, Vikings, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, Dolphins), offensive coordinator (Browns, 49ers, Cardinals, Raiders) and assistant head coach (Dolphins).
Notable quarterbacks in the NFL that had career years under Trestman were, Kosar, Gannon, Scott Mitchell and Jake Plummer.
Some would wonder if Trestman was such a great influential coach and all then why did he keep bouncing around and why did he never get a shot at a head coaching position. Well unfortunately as a coordinator or position coach, when the head coach gets fired so does most of his staff. That is the direct reasoning why he jumped ship and landed north of the border.
After two seasons as the OC for North Carolina State, where he was reasonable for the becoming of Russell Wilson, Trestman made the move to the CFL as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in 2008.
Under the guidance of Trestman the Alouettes won the Grey Cup in back-to-back titles and a runners-up finish in his first season. In five seasons as head coach, Trestman has compiled a 59-31 record and playoff appearances in all five seasons.
Sure the CFL is a totally different league than the NFL, but Trestman has a proven track record. The guy knows about winning, knows how to handle winning and maybe the most important thing is he knows how to develop quarterbacks. The latter is the ultimate reason why I believe Trestman will become the 14th head coach of the storied Chicago Bears franchise.
Jay Cutler needs an offensive coach to push him to the next level. The city of Chicago has been waiting on that offensive-minded coach since the arrival of Cutler. Are you ready, Marc?
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