After interviewing over a dozen potential candidates, the Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith as Head Coach. Trestman comes from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. He is widely considered a quarterback guru and has previously worked as an assistant with eight NFL teams. Although he has been out of the league for the last eight years, the Bears still feel he is the man for the job.
It’s not just the front office, the players seem to be happy about the hiring as well. It should be noted that he worked with Jay Cutler before he was drafted into the NFL, Cutler told the team’s website that when working with Trestman “you could just tell how knowledgeable he was about the quarterback position and offense in general…It’s a great hire. I couldn’t be more excited. He’s been successful wherever he’s been.”
Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall seemed to be excited about the hire as well, telling the Chicago Sun-Times “I absolutely love the hire.” But the big deal for Bears fans, like myself, was whether our defense would suffer with an offense-minded head coach. Make no mistake, it’s a very good sign for the team that we will have an offensive specialist as coach, but our defense has gotten us through all these years. We have nothing to worry about though, it’s being reported that GM Phil Emery has indicated that he has every intention to bring defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli back to maintain our defensive dominance. This is a very exciting time for Chicago Bears fans and lets all hope this equates to a Super Bowl run next season.
Sources: Chicago Bears/ESPN Chicago