CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman to become the team’s 14th head coach.
Over the last five seasons as head coach in the Canadian Football League, Trestman led the Montreal Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 2009.
Trestman has 17 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including eight as an offensive coordinator. During his time in the NFL, Trestman helped his teams to eight playoff appearances, two conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance (XXXVII as offensive coordinator of the Raiders).
In 1985, Trestman got his first coaching experience in the NFL, under Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant as the running backs coach of the Minnesota Vikings, a position he held for two seasons.
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Trestman is known as a quarterback guru, which should be good news for Jay Cutler. Trestman worked as a quarterback coach for 13 of his 17 NFL seasons.
George Seifert named Trestman the 49ers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1995 as he guided San Francisco to the No. 1 scoring offense (28.6 points per game) and passing attack (288.0 yards per game) and helped them rank second in total offense (380.4 YPG).
Trestman was hired by Jon Gruden in 2001 to serve as a senior assistant on the Oakland Raiders staff before being promoted by new head coach Bill Callahan to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach a year later, holding the position for two seasons.
The 2002 Raiders led the NFL in total offense with 389.8 yards and 279.7 passing yards per game, finished second in scoring offense averaging 28.1 points per game and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII, their first NFL title game appearance in 20 years.
Quarterback Rich Gannon was named the NFL’s MVP after throwing for 4,689 yards.
The 57-year old Trestman has also mentored collegiate quarterbacks, including Cutler, as they prepared for the NFL Combine.
Trestman and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Sarahanne and Chloe.