Chicago Bears pick CFL coach Marc Trestman as their leader
The Chicago Bears did not pick a recycled NFL head coach or a NCAA superstar mastermind.
They did the most unconventional thing that you can do when filling a head coach vacancy.
They picked a recent leader from the CFL according to NFLcom
Marc Trestman has been steering the ship for the Montreal Alouettes since their 2008 season.
He has won a Grey Cup and coach-of-the year honors with that organization.
He does come with NFL experience having been an offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders before leaving the United States.
Trestman also spends a great deal of his time preparing quarterbacks for the NFL draft process.
The obvious tie-in here being that he prepared both Bears quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell for their transition onto the bigger stage.
It was not a secret that the Bears wanted to bring in a more offensively minded guy that will take advantage of the talent on that side of the ball.
Former coach Lovie Smith is a defensive mind and that unit has been coached extremely well.
The brain trust in Chicago assumingly feels that this veteran unit of defenders that includes linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman can shine with very little guidance at this point.
Hall of Fame gunslinger Steve Young sang Trestman’s praises on ESPN’s The Waddle and Silvy show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.
“Marc was still a young coach (when he worked in San Francisco). 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). ”
Trestman will be announced at an official press conference at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday.