Chicago Bears’ general manager Phil Emery has three scheduled interviews this weekend in his search to replace Lovie Smith as head coach of the Bears. On Friday, Emery is scheduled to speak with Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator Rick Dennison; Saturday, Emery will meet with Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell; and Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will interview with Emery on Sunday. Despite the fact that Emery has three interviews scheduled with prospective head coaches, there is a report that the Bears have already chosen their next head coach.
NFL Fox Sunday’s studio analyst and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson tweeted the following tweet this morning:
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
To translate from twitter language, Johnson was congratulating two coaches that he has worked with during his coaching career for landing head coaching jobs with a NFL team. “Chud Cleveland” is referring to what was widely reported on Thursday and that is the news that Cleveland Browns have hired Rob Chudzinski as their new head coach. Meanwhile, with the exception of Johnson, no other reporter has confirmed the news that the Bears are hiring Trestman. In Fact Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times had this tweet in what could be seen to refute Johnson’s tweet.
I do not believe there’s any validity to the Jimmy Johnson tweet about #Bears and Marc Trestman. Phil Emery still has interviews coming up
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) January 11, 2013
Nonetheless, Johnson would be in a position to know. Trestman served as Johnson’s quarterbacks coach while the two were apart of the University of Miami’s coaching staff. Trestman, who is currently operating as a head coach in the Canadian Football League, is viewed as a quarterback guru in the National Football League. Trestman has developed quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson, Rich Gannon, and also has worked with Drew Brees while serving as a consultant for the Saints in 2007. Trestman also worked with Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler prior to Cutler being drafted by the Denver Broncos.
Trestman certainly could be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears, but the Bears have not finished interviewing their list of candidates. In addition to the three interviews mentioned above, the Bears will also interview Minnesota Vikings‘ coaches Mike Singletary and Mike Preifer this weekend.With five interviews scheduled this weekend, it may be hard to believe that the thorough Emery has already made his decision. For that reason, I would suggest that Bears fans continue to be patient and wait until the team makes an official announcement. That official announcement likely will not come until the new head coach of the Bears is introduced at a press conference at Halas Halls. Unless the Bears’ scheduled interviews this weekend are cancelled, there is no reason to believe that Bears have already decided on their next head coach.