NFC North: Chicago Bears hire Marc Trestman as their head coach

Posted Jan 15, 2013

The Chicago Bears have a new complexion with the hiring of an offensive head coach.

Marc Trestman

The Chicago Bears made Marc Trestman the 14th head coach in their franchise's history early Wednesday morning.

Bears fans might have woken up to the news and immediately wondered: one, who Marc Trestman was; and two, which NFL team he was coming over from.

Those same people were probably a little surprised to learn that Trestman is coming over from the Canadian Football League, where he was the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes the last five seasons.

Trestman led the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the CFL's Coach of the Year in 2009.

Lions fan might remember Trestman. He spent the 1997 season as the team's quarterbacks coach. Scott Mitchell threw for 3,484 yards that season, which at the time was second most in team history.

Trestman was with the Lions just that one season before leaving in 1998 to become the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

Considered an offensive guru, Trestman is now entrusted with fixing a Bears offense that ranked 28th in total yards (310.6) this season and has regularly been in the bottom half of the NFL over the last decade.

Trestman has 17 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including eight as an offensive coordinator.

During his time in the NFL, he's made eight playoff appearances that included two conference championship games and a Super Bowl as the Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002.

That 2002 Raiders squad led the NFL in total offense (389.8 yards) and passing yards (279.7) and finished second in scoring offense (28.1). Quarterback Rich Gannon was named the NFL's MVP after throwing for 4,689 yards.

Trestman did the same thing for the 49ers offense in the mid 90s. As their offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1995, he guided them to the No. 1 scoring offense (28.6 ppg) and passing offense (288).

That's also the year receiver Jerry Rice broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a single season with 1,848, a mark that stood for 17 seasons before the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson broke it this season (1,964).

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Trestman have a bit of history. Even during his time in the CFL, Trestman continued to work with quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft, including Cutler.