New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has had success on every level, but his two Grey Cups in five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes have been his most public success. A “quarterback guru” who helped Bernie Kosar succeed in college and the pros, and worked with Tim Tebow in the run-up to the 2010 NFL Draft, Trestman should look to these coaches (and one executive) who successfully ran clubs in the United States and Canada.Marv Levy - Trestman’s CFL career perhaps mirrors former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy’s the most. Like Trestman, Levy coached the Montreal Alouettes to two Grey Cup wins in five seasons before heading to the NFL. However, Levy’s success in America did not happen overnight; Marv only had one winning season with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978 to 1982. After one season with the USFL’s Chicago Blitz in 1984, Levy rebuilt the Buffalo Bills around fellow USFL-er Jim Kelly. Levy and Kelly both led one of the most consistently successful teams in NFL history, if one that always fell short of the main prize.
While Marc Trestman’s success in the Canadian Football League may help him succeed with the Chicago Bears, not every head coach can win in both American and Canadian pro football. Here are five head coaches who should’ve just stayed in one country:Jerry Williams - A longtime assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles and the father of the nickel defense, Williams had success with the Calgary Stampeders before new Eagles owner Leonard Tose hired Jerry in 1969. As indicative of the Eagles of that era, he went 7-22-2 in two seasons, but then went to Hamilton, where he led the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup win in 1972.Hugh Campbell - Sometimes a coach was only meant to be successful with one team. In Hugh Campbell’s case, winning ten championships in the CFL as a player, coach and executive more than make up for his lack of success in America. In six seasons coaching the Edmonton Eskimos in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Campbell made six consecutive Grey Cup finals, winning five in a row with Warren Moon sharing QB duties with Tom Wilkinson.
When the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith in the aftermath of another playoff-free season, they left little doubt that they would be moving in a different direction after nine years of Smith’s defense-first philosophy. Just how different wasn’t certain until Tuesday.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have hired Marc Trestman as their new head coach. The well-traveled Trestman has been an assistant at both the college and NFL levels, but his most recent job has been turning the Montreal Alouettes into one of the Canadian Football League’s powerhouses.
In five seasons in Montreal, Trestman won a pair of Grey Cups (the Canadian analogue to the Super Bowl), so he knows something about thriving under postseason pressure. More importantly, though, his time in the offense-dominated CFL can only be good news for his hopes of turning around the Bears’ underachieving offense.
Chicago Bears News: Bears Finally Commit To Fixing Their Offense By Hiring Marc Trestman As New Head Coach
The Chicago Bears have committed to finally fixing their offense, after hiring Marc Trestman as their new head coach. NFL.com's Ian Rappaport reports that the former Canadian Football League head coach will succeed Lovie Smith, as the man in charge of the Monsters of the Midway.
Rappaport also revealed that offensive coordinators Bruce Arians and Darrell Bevell were the other main contenders. This emphasis on appointing an offensive-minded coach shows the Bears are serious about producing a prolific attack to complement their tough and savvy defense.
In particular, the hiring of Trestman represents a firm commitment to controversial passer Jay Cutler. Trestman is a quarterback guru with strong experience of the West Coast offense. He helped Rich Gannon take the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl in 2002. Trestman's offense was pure West Coast, with Gannon firing numerous timing passes to veterans Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.
In the weeks since the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith as head coach, no fewer than 13 names have emerged as targets to replace him. After a slew of candidate interviews, though, the Bears’ priorities are finally starting to become a little clearer.
As reported by NFL.com, Chicago seems to have tabbed three of its prospects as finalists by inviting them back for second visits with the team. That frontrunning trio consists of Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman of the Canadian Football League, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell of the Seattle Seahawks, and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts.
Given the Bears’ obvious desire to move away from the one-dimensional defensive teams of the Smith era, it’s little surprise to see three offense-heavy choices leading the pack here. Trestman, in addition to his experience in the freewheeling CFL, can match the NFL experience of his competitors with stints as offensive coordinator for both the Cardinals and Raiders.