What's on Tap for New Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman?

By Dominique Blanton
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears hired Montreal Aloulettes coach Marc Trestman to be their 14th head coach in franchise history. The news was broken by Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs earlier this morning; here’s a brief look at Trestman resume courtesy of Biggs..

Trestman is a somewhat unconventional choice, having been out of the NFL for eight years. But he also is a proven winner, having won back-to-back Grey Cup championships as coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. Trestman has a 64-34 record in five years as a head coach.

Trestman, 57, was Bernie Kosar’s quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami in 1983, when the Hurricanes won the national championship. In the NFL, Kosar, Steve Young, Scott Mitchell, Jake Plummer and Rich Gannon played well under Trestman’s guidance. Gannon won the 2002 Most Valuable Player award while being coached by Trestman on the Raiders.

Trestman will have a laundry list of issues to address with this Bears football team. The number one issue would be trying to elevate Jay Cutler from underachiever to elite status. There’s no question Cutler has elite level talent, but his career has been marked by inconsistency that has held him back from reaching that level. Cutler will be in a contract year, and when you combined that with the new coaching staff that is taking place, it’s no doubt a do-or-die season for the veteran QB.

Trestman also will need to get his new coaching staff in place. He has already got started on the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and special teams coach vacancies. New Orleans Saints OL coach Aaron Kromer will fill in at OC and OL; the assumption is that Trestman will call plays, while Kromer will focus on the OL. Dallas Cowboys ST coach Joe DeCamillis will fill the ST coach vacancy for the Bears, while also serving as the team’s assistant head coach.

Trestman is open to retaining defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and QB coach Jeremy Bates. While it is likely Bates will return as the Bears QB coach, Marinelli has the interest of the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns to be their DC. Trestman will have to find a DC if Marinelli bolts to either one of those clubs. Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke could be a good candidate if Trestman wanted to stay in house or the Bears could be aggressive and go after former Saints DC Gregg Williams.

Emery and Trestman will also need to go to work on reconstructing an OL that was one of the worst in the league this season. The tight end position needs a major upgrade and they could use a burner at wide receiver to compliment Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Earl Bennett.

It will be interesting to see how the new Bears head coach addresses these concerns on the team.

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