In a surprise move, the Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman -- most recently coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, and a man who has been out of the NFL for eight years -- to replace Lovie Smith as head coach, according to a published report.
The Chicago Tribune, quoting "an NFL source," reported Monday that Trestman, 57, would become the Bears' 14th head coach.
Chicago fired Smith on Dec. 31 after failing to make the playoffs despite the team's 10-6 record this season.
Trestman won the past two Grey Cups -- the CFL's championship trophy -- while compiling a 64-34 record in five seasons north of the border.
Trestman is known as a quarterbacks guru, brought to Chicago to work with the enigmatic Jay Cutler.
Trestman was quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami when the Hurricanes and quarterback Vinny Testaverde won the national championship in 1983.
In the NFL, he was a position coach with Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, San Francisco, Detroit, Arizona, Oakland and Mi...