LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Marc Trestman insisted he has one of the best jobs in sports now that he is the Chicago Bears’ head coach, and he can’t wait to work with quarterback Jay Cutler.
He also emphasized the sense of urgency.
This is clearly a franchise that has the highest expectations for its team, where winning consistently is a standard, Trestman said Thursday at his introductory news conference.
He sees a big opportunity in working with Cutler, a strong-armed and mobile quarterback whose talent has never been in question even as the results haven’t always reflected that.
I can’t wait to get my hands on him, he said.
Getting the most out of Cutler would go a long way toward invigorating a stagnant offense and getting the Bears to the playoffs on a consistent basis after they missed the postseason for the fifth time in six years. Those issues led to Lovie Smith’s firing, and the Bears turned to Trestman this week after an extensive search.
He spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, leading them to two championships, and was a longtime NFL assistant who was known for his work with quarterbacks.
Marc has a quietness to him, a quiet confidence, high level of intellect, those are attractive qualities, general manager Phil Emery said. The thing that was most remarkable that came out of his interviews and when discussing to people who Marc is was there is a heck of a football coach under all that quietness and confidence and intellect. Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor. He’s as tough-minded and football-oriented than anybody I’ve been around in 31 years in this game.
Emery confirmed Trestman beat out offensive coordinators Bruce Arians of Indianapolis and Seattle’s Darrell Bevell. All three were brought back for second interviews, and Bevell was the first eliminated because he lacked head coaching experience.
Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland. He worked with Bernie Kosar as an assistant at the University of Miami and again when he was on the Browns’ staff in the 1980s. Trestman helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season.
He’s a champion, and now he’s the head football coach of the Chicago Bears, Emery said. It was a road wildly traveled for Marc, not unfamiliar to me. I’ve been in all corners of this country. I didn’t have the fortune that Marc did to experience a new country, but I know what it’s like to take small steps toward achieving a goal.
Culter will be working in his fourth system with the Bears, with Trestman calling the plays and newly hired Aaron Kromer now the offensive coordinator and line coach.
The Bears also brought in Joe DeCamillis from Dallas to replace the departed Dave Toub as special teams coordinator. Now, they’re looking for a new defensive coordinator to replace Rod Marinelli.