The Chicago Bears closed their search for the 14th head coach in team history by making the decision to hire Montreal Alouettes' Marc Trestman in the wee hours of the morning.
Bears general manager Phil Emery decided on Trestman after an exhausting interviewing process that included 12 known candidates for the position, as well as three second interviews.
This will be Trestman's first goaround as a head coach in the NFL.
He's known as a quarterback guru who has been an assistant with eight NFL teams in the past. He has also, however, been out of the league for past eight years. He'll replace Lovie Smith, a defensive minded coach, who was fired on Dec. 31.
One reason for Trestman's hiring is definitely his offensive mind. He gears his game plans around his quarterback, something the Bears haven't done, probably in their history. Plus, Trestman has had a history with both quarterbacks on Chicago's roster as he helped both Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell prepare for their respective drafts.
Sources say Trestman, 57, will bring in former Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer as his offensive coordinator and offensive line coach — the position held by Mike Tice this past season.
He's coming of an 11-7 season with the Alouettes, but has led his team to the Grey Cup three times, including winning the championship twice (2009 and 2010) as well as taking home CFL coach of the year honors in 2009.
Although he's been in the CFL for years now, Trestman has worked NFL staffs in the past, tutoring quarterbacks such as Steve Young, Rich Gannon and Bernie Kosar. Young is still very fond of Trestman and endorsed Chicago's hire on "The Waddle and Silvy show" on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.
I thought he was (a) phenomenal coach," Young said. "What he is is a phenomenal offensive mind. He's a great game-day playcaller. I had Mike Holmgren, I had Mike Shanahan and Marc Trestman, and I would put Marc right in there. He's learned and grown, and I stay in touch with him. I don't know exactly why (he hadn't gotten a head-coaching job).
Young went onto say that the addition of Trestman could really help the Cutler, but he must be receptive to the coaching he's going to receive, as it will be the best he's had since Shanahan back in his Denver days.
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