The news broke late last night that the Chicago Bears are set to announce Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as their new head coach today according the Chicago Tribune, and was made official by a 4 AM press release by the team announcing the hiring. Yes, a coach out of the Canadian Football League, so get ready to hear the word “unconventional” a few thousand times in the coming days.
In his five years with the Alouettes, Trestman went 64-34, won back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010 and was CFL Coach of the Year in 2009. As noted by Yahoo CFL writer Andrew Bucholtz and what should be important to Bears fans, Trestman “played a key role in the elevation of the Als from a good team to a great one,” a jump the Bears were unable to make under former head coach Lovie Smith.
Before his stint in Canada, Trestman spent two years as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State (reportedly to give his daughters some stability) after bouncing around the league and spending time as quarterbacks or offensive coordinator on nine different NFL teams, including the Super Bowl XXXVII Raiders where he coached 2002 MVP Rich Gannon and Jerry Rice. And of special note, Trestman worked with Jay Cutler as a consultant before the 2006 combine.
The cat was nearly let out of the bag regarding Trestman’s hiring last week by analyst and pal, Jimmy Johnson — they both coached at The U — who let this Tweet fly last Friday:
Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs..Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago
— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) January 11, 2013
Aside of his football history, the popular CFL coach had already been made famous with American audiences thanks to a gag in the popular sitcom, 30 Rock.