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Bears New Head Coach is… a Guy From the CFL!

Marc Trestman

The Canadian Football League — a fertile ground for NFL talent! The Chicago Bears really hit one out of the park the way only the Chicago Bears can do. They hired Montreal Alouettes’ coach Marc Trestman to replace the disposed Lovie Smith, today.

Let’s forget for a second that he looks like an Aids patient and look at the Marc Trestman resume.

Age: 57

Coaching career
1981–84 — University of Miami (volunteer coach/quarterbacks coach)
1985–86 — Minnesota Vikings (running backs coach)
1987 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (quarterbacks coach)
1988-1989 — Cleveland Browns (quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator)
1990–91 — Minnesota Vikings (quarterbacks coach)
1995–96 — San Francisco 49ers (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach)
1997 — Detroit Lions (quarterbacks coach)
1998-00 — Arizona Cardinals (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach)
2001-03 — Oakland Raiders (quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator)
2004 — Miami Dolphins (assistant head coach)
2005–06 — North Carolina State (offensive coordinator)
2008–12 — Montreal Alouettes (head coach)

* / denotes a promotion, “and” denotes a dual role

Minnesota and Minnesota State
University of Miami School of Law

Awards and Achievements
2009 CFL Coach of the Year
2010 Grey Cup Champion (CFL)
2009 Grey Cup Champion (CFL)


Trestman was on no one’s head coaching radar except the Bears’.

Once considered one of the top offensive minds in the NFL and a future head coach, Trestman more or less got pushed out of the league after his 2004 stint with the Dolphins.

Why? We can’t really say, but you can bet he never figured he’d end up coaching in the CFL.

The message is certainly clear though. The Bears wanted an offensive guy and they got an offensive guy. Trestman is known for his work with quarterbacks — he even tutors draft-eligible quarterbacks in the offseason — and the Bears expect him to elevate Jay Cutler‘s play.

Trestman has had plenty of success with quarterbacks — guys like Bernie Kosar, Steve Young, Jake Plummer and Rich Gannon. Hell, he even made Scott Mitchell look pretty good that one year in Detroit. Still, you have to wonder, why has this guy bounced around so much?

His longest NFL stint was three years. Additionally, Trestman hasn’t been in the league for eight years.

Some might wonder if the NFL game has passed him by.

For now, we’re going to enjoy a hearty laugh at the Bears’ expense. Who knows though. Maybe this is just the brilliant hire they needed.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Johnny Jolly January 16, 2013

    Wow, talk about the antithesis to Ditka.

  2. MarcoBrusa January 16, 2013

    Woah! Why not getting someone from the XFL? Has Tommy Maddox already started a coaching career?

    Nevermind, will gladly enjoy Da Bears punting on 3rd downs.

  3. TyKoSteamboat January 16, 2013

    Good…This Woody Allen look-alike is a JV coach leading a slap-dick organization with cancer like Cutler & Marshall in the locker room
    You can also count on that old/slow defensive quitting on him because they miss Lovey.

    At least this guy prolly won’t be dumb enough to challenge the Packers on the podium…

  4. tequila January 16, 2013

    This might be idiotic but this pick scares me a little bit. He was widely regarded as being the reason the Alouettes became a force in the last three years and primarily known for putting up crazy points every game. But what is troubling is that the good old boy douche factor of the NFL might be too quick to be dismissive of him when a hire this far outside the box is exactly what an organization needs when stagnant like the Bears. We will see. Hopefully we can match with a brilliant defensive coaching move.

  5. Packer Bob January 16, 2013

    The Bears were stupid to fire Lovie Smith in the first place. They’re going to look like geniuses or idiots (if being even more idiotic is possible). I’m guessing it’s going to be the latter.

    1. E. Wolf January 16, 2013

      Yes, it was very much about personnel and management. …. not coaching.

  6. Don Q January 16, 2013

    He looks like a pedophile. He must be DD’s Dad.

  7. Andy January 16, 2013

    This will likley be a case of them really missing lovie smith about a month in next year.

  8. DD January 16, 2013

    I love it. Morbidly Wisconsin residents, who’s quarterback looks like a droopy-eyed big nosed homo, making fun of another coach’s physical appearance. Hilarious.

    1. tequila January 17, 2013

      You missed ‘obese’ in your second sentence you bonono raping misanthrope. Fuck off and die.

  9. MarcoBrusa January 17, 2013

    Is it just me or this is the guy from “the Big Bang Theory”?

  10. phat g February 22, 2013

    Funny to see Americans so readily demonstrate how obtuse they are, commenting on someone’s physical appearance. Keep it up! And while you are at it, remember that Budweiser is now owned by Brazilians, and Chrysler is now Italian. Obviously, Americans can’t figure out how to run thnigs, so the Bears need a Canadian (like new Finance Minister of the UK…who would never be an American, because Americans have already demonstrated their inability to grasp the most basic concepts related to finance.)

    While you are knocking this guy, you should reflect that the Grey Cup is 100 years old. That’s 54 years older than your soon to be Brazilian financed (I predict) “InBev’s Vince Lombardi Trophy – also brought to you by Chryler/Fiat and Doritos/Frito Lay.” Also, they only have 3 downs in the CFL. That’s a man’s game. This guy is going to be in heaven with one extra down on every possession.