The Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman tonight to be their next head coach, according to several reports.
Trestman – who led his Montreal Alouettes to 3 consecutive Grey Cup appearances and five straight postseason appearances in the CFL - is familiar with the NFC North (AKA NFC Central). He played for the Vikings 1979-1980, was RBs coach 1985-1986, and eventually took the QBs coach job 1990-1991. He’s brought QBs Scott Mitchell and Jake Plummer to the postseason, coached Rich Gannon to an MVP, was offensive coordinator for the league-leading 1995 49ers offense, and he’s trained Jay Cutler, Tim Tebow, Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler for the draft.
Seahawks offensive coordinator and former Vikings/Packers assistant Darrell Bevell was a finalist. Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator and interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was the third finalist.
The Bears understand that their defense is good enough to win any game, even the Super Bowl. Trestman and GM Phil Emery will work together to improve the offensive line. It will be up to Trestman to get this offense to have more of a rhythm, to get it to attack defenses in a more diverse way, and to get it to best use the talents they have.
The Bears will likely use opportunities at different times in the draft to select a field-stretching WR (one that gets open better than Devin Hester presently does) and a size-speed match-up-winner at TE.
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