Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman took an intriguing path to his first opportunity as an NFL head coach.
An offensive coordinator for eight seasons, Trestman in 2008 took over as the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, who won back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. The entire time spent in Canada, Trestman knew he wanted to return to the NFL. But that goal couldn’t drive the day-to-day process of coaching his own team in the CFL. And it didn’t.
“I think the big difference was I was standing in the shoes of a head coach and had the opportunity to lead the football team entirely,” Trestman said. “But I never knew that it was going to lead me back here. And I wasn’t really concerned about it. I was just concerned about doing the best job I could up there.”
But Trestman also wouldn’t describe his experience in Montreal as simply learning how to be in charge of his own program. The job is so complex it goes beyond that.
“The concept of running your own show is really opposite of how I would ever think of it. You have to do it with people and you have to do it together,” Trestman said. “So I never thought when I was a head coach that I was running my own show. And I don’t mean that to be cynical or sarcastic to the question. I’m not trying to be belligerent, I just don’t look at the world that way. But I know that when you’re a head football coach there are certain demands on you and responsibilities and I enjoy that. I feel very comfortable in that environment.”