The Chicago Bears have their new man and they went North of the border to find him. The team will formally announced him as the franchise's 14th head coach tomorrow morning at a press conference. He's Marc Trestman, who comes to Chicago after serving as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes for the past five seasons, winning back-to-back CFL titles and running up a 64-34 record.
Trestman is no stranger to coaching in the States, though He's got 22 additional years of assistant coaching at major colleges here and in the NFL. He's a smart 57-year-old "quarterback guru" who will try to work his magic on the enigmatic Bears QB Jay Cutler. Expect the Bears to run a version of the West Coast Offense. New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will be named the Bears offensive cordinator.
It was former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson who leaked the hire a few days ago via Twitter, and most folks thought at the time it was B.S. Trestman worked as an assistant to Johnson at the University of Miami back in the day. He was QB coach for Bernie Kosar during Miami's 1983 championship season. During that time Trestman went back to school and finished his law degree there. In the early 90's he gave up coaching for a while and practiced law in Florida.
Trestman is a Minneapolis native who played quarterback for the University of Minnesota. He tried out for the Vikings a couple years as a defensive back before giving up that dream to begin coaching. He served as QB coach in the NFL for various teams between 1987 and 2004.
The Bears, to the surprise of no one, wanted an offensive coach to lead the team out of its offensive funk. Chicago finished near the botttom of the NFL rankings in offense this year and still won 10 games. Trestman should improve that weakness. Listen to all the 2013 games on Peoria's home for classic rock and Chicago Bears football, 95.5, GLO!