In a process that included 13 known candidates, Chicago Bears’ general manager Phil Emery has finally hired the next head coach of the Chicago Bears. In a press release early Wednesday morning, the Bears’ announced that Marc Trestman has been hired as the new head coach of the team. Trestman was one of three finalists for the position. On Tuesday, the Bears interviewed Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for second a time at Halas Hall. Trestman spent the day at Halas Hall on Monday. The Bears informed Arians and Bevell of their decision on Wednesday morning.
In search that began with now San Diego Chargers‘ head coach Mike McCoy being the perceived favorite for the position, it concludes with perhaps the most intriguing hire of all the 13 candidates that interviewed for the position. The reason Trestman’s hire is so intriguing is because the coach has spent the previous five seasons in the Canadian Football League as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. However, that should not be used as ammunition to criticize the Bears for their hire of Trestman as their head coach. The fact of the matter is that the Bears could not go wrong with any of three finalists that they identified for their head coaching vacancy.
In the end, it was Trestman that was hired to be the head coach of the Bears. Perhaps the main reason why Trestman was hired is because of his offensive background. Prior to his time as a head coach in the Canadian Football League, Trestman was considered by many to be a quarterback guru within the National Football League. Trestman has worked with several notable quarterbacks including Rich Gannon and Steve Young–both of whom gave their former coach a ringing endorsement to be the head coach of the Bears. Trestman has also worked with Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, as well as Bears’ quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell. Trestman’s offensive scheme is a variant of the west coast scheme and puts an emphasis on protecting the quarterback. When Cutler was successful in Denver, the quarterback was running the west coast offense which includes a focus on play-action roll outs and a moving pocket. Trestman may call his own offensive plays, but there is a chance that Jeremy Bates will remain on the Bears’ coaching staff.
Trestman’s defensive motives are not known at this moment, but indications are that Rod Marinelli will remain the Bears’ defensive coordinator. That would be the best decision for the Bears and their defense. That would allow the Bears to continue to run their cover 2 scheme, though there may be a drop in production with Lovie Smith no longer being the head coach.
Trestman will be introduced as the Bears’ head coach on Thursday.