Early Wednesday morning, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago Bears have told their final three coaching candidates of their plan. They plan to hire Mark Trestman.
Trestman may seem on the surface to be an unconventional hire since he has been out of the NFL for eight years, but he is more than qualified. For those plugged into the NFL coaching scene, Trestman is a familiar name, not only because he was an NFL assistant for 17 years, but because his name has been kicked around for several coaching vacancies over the last few years. For the last five years, Trestman led the Montreal Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships in the Canadian Football League. Trestman has plenty of NFL experience as well as plenty of head coaching experience. The unique aspect of this hire is that the Bears get a coach with real head coaching experience without the stink of a recent NFL firing on him.
The Bears obviously wanted to go in an offensive direction, and ideally hire a coach who can maximize performance out of Jay Cutler. Trestman is considered a QB guru having helped many in his career including coaching Rich Gannon to an MVP season. Oh ya, and Trestman also helped Cutler prepare for the 2006 NFL draft combine as a consultant. The only question left is selling this hire to the average fan.