Yahoo The Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday to replace the fired Lovie Smith, hoping he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and make Chicago a playoff team on a consistent basis. It’s the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a long-time assistant in the league who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL’s Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles. Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.Chicago general manager Phil Emery cast a wide net in his search, meeting with at least 13 candidates. Besides Trestman, he also brought back Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the Indianapolis Colts’ Bruce Arians for second interviews. Smith was let go after nine years, ending a run that included a trip to the Super Bowl but also saw Chicago miss the playoffs five out of the past six seasons. The Bears, who have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m., are turning to the 57-year-old Trestman in part because of his background with quarterbacks. He worked with Bernie Kosar as an assistant at the University of Miami and again when he was on the Browns’ staff in the 1980s. Trestman helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season with an offense he geared for QB Rich Gannon, the league’s MVP that year. In recent years, Trestman has worked as a consultant in the NFL and in the offseason helped develop quarterbacks entering the league -including Cutler. His biggest task will be maximizing the man behind center and getting the offense to click.
The Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman as their head coach late last night, and a lot of people are surprised by the hire, but we here at Sportsmasher know Trestman well and think he was a great get for the Bears. Trestman is no stranger to the NFL, as he has worked with many teams and strong offensive units in the past, and is a noted quarterback guru. In fact he was a finalist for the Indianapolis Colts job last offseason.
If there is one thing that Trestman needs to address immediately in Chicago it is to overhaul and upgrade the Bears terrible offensive line, which has been a weakness for several seasons I’m a row, and has lead to injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler each of the last two seasons.
The Bears have talent on both sides of the ball, although they could stand for an infusion of youth on defense, but this job was clearly one of the best available openings in the NFL (it was Chicago or San Diego, where would you rather live? Give me the sun, surf and golf course over the wind and snow) and I think Trestman is a great hire.
As one of Trestman’s ex-players told the media last week, “If he gets the job, make sure you draft Jay Cutler in fantasy football.”