The eighth candidate the Bears are known to have an interview scheduled with for their head coaching vacancy is easily the most surprising.
Marc Trestman, head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, is set to interview with the Bears for the job according to NFL.Com's Ian Rapoport:
As I just said on @nflnetwork's #GameDayMorning: #Bears will interview Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. #wildcard #CanadaThis one is sure to get the "Seriously, a CFL coach?!" reaction from many Bears fans, but Trestman is very qualified and has a long history of coaching in the NFL, too. The 56-year-old has been an offensive coordinator for the Browns (1988-1989), 49ers (1995-1996), Cardinals (1998-2000), and Raiders (2001-2003).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 5, 2013
Trestman was also was a running backs coach for the Vikings (1985-1986), as well as a quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers (1987), Vikings (1990-1991), 49ers (1995-1996), Lions (1997), Cardinals (1998-2000), Raiders (2001-2003), and Dolphins (2004). Additionally, he played quarterback at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, and was a training camp body for the Minnesota Vikings as a defensive back in 1978 and 1979.
The 2009 CFL Coach of the Year is known for his work with quarterbacks, a theme we've noticed with Phil Emery's coaching search (something I've written about in the previous two posts : link and link).
Trestman worked with Steve Young while with the 49ers (and while they led the NFL in scoring in 1996), Rich Gannon during his 2002 MVP season in Oakland, and Bernie Kosar with the Browns. He also worked with Jay Cutler before the 2006 draft, and does the same with plenty of quarterbacks before they enter the draft.
Greg Cosell, the executive producer of ESPN's NFL Matchup and senior producer of NFL Films for 33 years, has probably seen as much football tape as anybody on the planet. And he's one of the most respected football analysts on the planet. Here's what he had to say about Trestman on Saturday:
Glad to see Marc Trestman apparently getting an interview in Chicago. A terrific offensive mind, with outstanding communication skills.Trestman's contract with the Alouettes runs through 2016, but it's considered likely that their ownership would allow him out of his contract if the Bears (or another NFL franchise) wanted to hire him as head coach.
— Greg Cosell (@gregcosell) January 5, 2013
UPDATE: Totally forgot some another interesting nugget on Trestman that @GrantJess reminded me of- Trestman's relationship with Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
CBS Sports' Will Brinson on Trestman:
@rapsheet @steaker And the guy to bring Russell Wilson from baseball into football at NCSU.Read more about Trestman and Wilson: Link.
— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) January 5, 2013
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