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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