Bears hire Trestman as head coach: Reports
By Sports Xchange
|Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)
Marc Trestman, once associated with the phrase, “He’s gone,” is ready to hear the words, “He’s here.”
According to multiple media reports, Trestman is the Chicago Bears’ new head coach. Trestman spent the past five seasons as the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, leading the team to two Grey Cup championships.
The Bears reportedly made their decision Tuesday night after narrowing the field of candidates to Trestman, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Trestman, 57, famously was fired as San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator after the 1996 season. At a press conference in which the 49ers announced head coach George Seifert’s resignation and the hiring of Steve Mariucci as Seifert’s replacement, a reporter asked about the fate of Trestman. Team owner Eddie DeBartolo grabbed the microphone and declared, “He’s gone.”
In addition to his two years in San Francisco, Trestman also had stints as the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns (1988-89), the Arizona Cardinals (1998-2000), the Oakland Raiders (2001-03) and North Carolina State (2005-06).
The Chicago Tribune reported that Steve Young, who played under Trestman in San Francisco, made a pitch for Trestman to land the Chicago job.
Trestman’s Montreal teams went 59-31 in the regular season, 5-3 in the postseason.