Marc Trestman named new Bears head coach

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The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday morning they have reached an agreement with Marc Trestman to become the team’s 14th head coach in franchise history.

Trestman spent the last five seasons as head coach in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and led them to back-to-back Grey Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010.

Trestman also has 17 years of coaching experience in the NFL as an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and running backs coach.

His teams in the NFL have made eight playoff appearances including two conference championships and a Super Bowl appearance with the Raiders.

Trestman played quarterback at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State-Moorhead. He was with the Vikings for two training camps as a defensive back.

Trestman also graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and has been a member of the Florida bar since 1983. He took a few years away from coaching in the early ‘90s to practice law. He is the author of the book “Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.”

Trestman and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Sarahanne and Chloe.


The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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  • DKcardinals

    Wow. I’m sooooo excited the Bears were able to snag a top CFL coach. Let me get my season tickets now. Seriously. Are they kidding me? This is an upgrade. OMG!!!

    • George

      The CFL is the more skilled League.
      Learn your facts before you ramble on.
      The CFL is also more entertaining to watch than NFL
      I woud rather watch grass grow than watch The NFL!

  • Matt

    I appreciate the willingness to think outside the box, but this guy has been out of the NFL too long. His successes came with Rich Gannon and Steve Young… just a different era for the NFL. Hiring Mike McCoy or Rick Dennison (current NFL O-Coordinators) would have made a lot more sense.

    • George

      He comes from the top football league in the world, the CFL, you asshole!
      Americans need to open up and realize and appreciate that the CFL is far more skilled and entertaining than the NFL!

  • john

    Just like the tight ass MaCaskey's. Save a buck like always. I need to cheer for another team. Nobody should go to those games! Sell the team you tight asses!

  • Marley from Chicago

    Hopefully this random hire has more heart and knowledge than "Rex is my starting quarterback" Lovie. If this guy dont come in and upgrade the O-Line i will call this a washed up franchise. We dont know his capabilities until the middle of the year and seeing our special teams coordinator leave lets you know its gonna be a tough start. Any team can start hot but midway thru the season we will know if they just signed to save money or they seen something in his character worth while.

  • Dave

    The Montreal Alouettes are a superb football team.
    They would easily beat a lot of NFL teams especially under Canadian rules.
    Th CFL has been around 100 years now and is the oldest and more skilled football league in be world!
    Tune in to the games on TSN and NBC Sports starting in July .
    You will love the game!

  • Rick

    I am a Bears fan for many years,however,I live in another state. Give the guy a chance–how many years have the Bears missed the playoffs? Bears fans,especially in Texas have taken a lot of heat–this change is long–long overdue.

  • jay

    Was very impressed by what Marc had to say. Looking forward to seeing on how he backs his words. Think the bears fans are in for a pleasant surprise next year

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