Division Rival Bears Hire Former Vikings Assistant As New Head Coach

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 16, 2013 – 7:14 am

The NFC North will welcome a new head coach to the mix in 2013, as the Chicago Bears have concluded their extensive search by hiring for NFL assistant and Canadian Football League (CFL) head coach Marc Trestman. A coach at the major college and professional level since 1981, including a pair of stints with the Vikings, Trestman brings with him a wealth of coaching experience and offensive acumen to the Windy City and will be the 14th  head coach in Chicago Bears history.

Trestman spent the previous 5 seasons as head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, where he was named CFL Coach of the Year in 2009 and won back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010. Prior to his success in the CFL, Trestman was an NFL assistant for 17 seasons. He was the Vikings RBs coach in 1985 and 1986, and then returned to the Vikings in 1990 and 1991 as QBs coach. His best work may have come in San Francisco in 1995 and 1996, though. He was San Francisco’s Offensive Coordinator and QBs coach in 1995 when the 49ers led the NFL with 457 points and 4,779 passing yards, working closely with a pair of Hall of Famers in Steve Young, who threw for 3,200 yards and 20 TDs, and Jerry Rice, who caught 122 passes for an NFL-record 1,848 yards and 15 TDs.

As Vikings fans surely know, Trestman is not the first former CFL coach to join the NFL. Perhaps the greatest figure in Vikings history, Bud Grant, spent 10 years as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach before taking the head coaching job in Minnesota in 1967. Also, former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Marv Levy came to the NFL from the CFL.

There were reports that a pair of current Vikings assistants – Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer and Special Assistant to the Head Coach/co-LBs coach Mike Singletary – both interviewed for the Bears head coaching vacancy.

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17 Responses to “Division Rival Bears Hire Former Vikings Assistant As New Head Coach”

  1. By North Star on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Why isn’t he still here with the Vikings?

  2. By Carl K on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I miss Lovie.

  3. By vikes- or - die on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    He sounds like a good coach. Looks like our division could get tougher then it already is.

  4. By 61Vikings on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Offensive minded coach, just what the Bears needed because they already have a great defense, but coach killer Cutler will make life difficult for Trestman if they don’t win right away!!! Just as he was traded away by the Broncos, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bears do the same!!!

  5. By Jimmy on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hoping for the best for you Marc Trestman except when you play the Vikings then please have an off day.

  6. By H.M.G. on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Guy is smart and a winner. Lets hope he doesn’t like being a winner against the Vikings. But please kick the snot out of the Packers.

  7. By VF209 on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Amen HMG let every1 do to the pack just like the niners did on saturday

  8. By liito on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    A lot of Vikes assistant coaches have become NFL Head Coaches and won the Super Bowl. Any realistic chance of the Vikes team finally winning the SB anytime soon?

  9. By North Star on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Ask Frazier, liito.

  10. By tarkstillownz on Jan 19, 2013 | Reply

    Lovie Smith was a winner. How many winning coaches have the Bears had since Ditka? Hmmm. let’s see… NONE. It’s good for the Vike’s position in the NFC North but in my opinion, the Bears fail again.

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