Bears Hire CFL’s Marc Trestman As Head Coach
For the first time in three decades, a coach from the Canadian Football League will be making the move to America to be a head coach in the NFL.
Chicago, to be specific.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have hired Marc Trestman to be their next head coach, replacing incumbent Lovie Smith. Trestman was previously the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, winning two Grey Cups (the CFL equivalent to the Super Bowl). He worked for several NFL teams as a position coach or coordinator from 1985-2004, with his most recent job as the assistant head coach with the Miami Dolphins.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is particularly happy about the hire, saying he “couldn’t be more excited” about Trestman, who’s “been successful wherever he has been.”
Trestman’s staff includes Aaron Kromer from the New Orleans Saints as the Bears new offensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis from the Dallas Cowboys as the Bears new special teams coordinator and assistant coach. No official word has been given regarding current defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli, but Biggs reports that Trestman is open to keeping him on the staff.
With the hiring of a new coach and new coordinators, a fresh breeze has started blowing in the Windy City of Chicago.