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Buzz Surrounds Marc Trestman As Bears Coach

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Marc Trestman in 1998. (Credit: Marc Piscotty  /Allsport)

Marc Trestman in 1998. (Credit: Marc Piscotty /Allsport)

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bears haven’t even finished their interviews, but one report Friday morning indicated the team has made its pick to succeed Lovie Smith.

Fox Sports analyst Jimmie Johnson sent out a tweet this morning, indicating it “looks like” the job is going to Marc Trestman, his friend and former quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami.

However, that report was quickly shot down by CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, who reported Trestman “has not heard from them since interview” and “was not informed if he would be a finalist.”

Later in the day, Johnson backtracked on his tweet, emphasizing he said it “LOOKS like 2 of my guys were getting NFL jobs not that Trestman got it!”

Of course, Johnson once again did not explain why it “looks like” Trestman will get the job.

The current Montreal Alouettes coach is believed to be a serious candidate for the job though and former MVP quarterback Rich Gannon told the Sun-Times that Trestman would be a perfect fit for the Bears and Jay Cutler. He is known as a “quarterback guru” who makes good quarterbacks better.

However, Bears GM Phil Emery reportedly still has several more interviews scheduled for this weekend.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Emery interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Thursday.

The Bears have said their search for a new coach will be exhaustive. Emery is expected to interview several candidates before making a hire.