The Chicago Bears announced yesterday that they have hired
Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman to become their next head coach, reports
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Trestman will replace former head coach Lovie Smith,
who was fired at the end of the season.
Chicago was said to be down to its final few candidates as
recently as yesterday, and the Bears ultimately decided to go with Trestman
over Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle Seahawks
offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Trestman has been coaching the Alouettes, a team in the
Canadian Football League, since the 2008 season. He’s maintained a 64-34 record
during his time with the club, and he won the league’s Grey Cup Championship in
2009 and 2010. Trestman was named Coach of the Year in 2009.
Beyond his time in the CFL, Trestman also brings NFL
coaching experience to the table. He’s been the offensive coordinator of the
San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
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