When Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery addressed the media last week following the firing of Lovie Smith, he made it clear the search for the team’s next coach would include a broad range of candidates.
“We’re going to look at a wide variety of candidates,” Emery said. “We’re going to look offensively. We’re going to look defensively. We’re going to look special teams. We’re going to look NFL. We’re going to look college. Whatever combination that person possesses in terms of excellence in combination with the individuals that would comprise his staff will have a lot of weight on that person being right for the Chicago Bears.”
To that end, he will interview Marc Trestman, coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Obviously, Emery is leaving no stone unturned, using a wide net from which to pool all the available talent.
Trestman’s career as a football coach started in 1981 as a volunteer coach for the University of Miami. By 1983, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach. That season, Bernie Kosar passed for 2,329 yards and led Miami to a national championship. Under Tretman the next season, Kosar completed 262 passes for 3,642 yards, both school records.
Trestman then coached in the NFL from 1985-2004, working as either quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator or both, for the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins. In 2005, he moved back to the collegiate ranks, spending two years as OC for North Carolina State.
In 2008 he was named head coach of the Alouettes, a position in which he’s had a lot of success. He coached his team to Grey Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010, and was named CFL Coach of the Year in 2009.
Trestman was quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator in Oakland during Rich Gannon’s MVP season in 2002. The Raiders that season finished first in the league in total offense and passing yards, with Gannon throwing 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Oakland rode their offense to the Super Bowl that season.
On his personal Web site, Trestman says he has coached numerous college quarterbacks in preparation for their Pro Days and the NFL Draft. That has resulted in seven former first- or second-round signal callers under his tutelage, which includes Jason Campbell and Jay Cutler. Emery will meet with Trestman on Monday.
This week, the Bears will also interview Rick Dennison, offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. Dennison began his coaching career with the Denver Broncos in 1995 as an offensive assistant. He worked his way up the organization for more than 10 years and in 2006, the same year Cutler was drafted, was named offensive coordinator, a post he held throughout Cutler’s tenure in Denver.
In 2010 he was named OC for Houston. That season, the Texans ranked third in the league in total offense, fourth in passing and seventh in rushing. In 2011, Houston ranked 13th overall and second in rushing. This year, Dennison directed the seventh best offense and the eighth best rushing attack.
Trestman is the sixth NFL offensive coordinator the Bears are considering for head coach. The others include Denver’s Mike McCoy, Green Bay’s Tom Clements, Tampa Bay’s Mike Sullivan, Indianapolis’ Bruce Arians and New Orleans’ Pete Carmichael Jr. Emery has also interviewed two special teams coordinators: Atlanta’s Keith Armstrong and Dallas’ Joe DeCamillis.
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