In his first interview for their head coaching job, he had every day for the next 13 months filled in, detailing step by step how the Bears would get to the Super Bowl.
“He had every day accounted for, every time slot accounted for, every meeting accounted for,” general manager Phil Emery said.
“Not only that, but he had included the provisions of our (collective bargaining agreement) in the states, which takes a nuclear scientist to figure out exactly what you can do. He had called so many people, his friends in the league, he knew all the parameters of the CBA.”
Now that he’s been hired, Trestman can implement his plan.
“This is clearly a franchise that has the highest expectations for its team, where winning consistently is a standard,” Trestman said Thursday at his introductory news conference.
He wasn’t trying to be presumptuous or make any championship guarantees with that calendar. He was simply trying to make a point.
“It’s a symbolic word, but the goal is the parade, right?” Trestman said. “How are we going to get there? If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you plan how to get there? That was my point to Phil. We have to fill in each day because they’re all important to getting to that point.”
He sees a big opportunity in working with Cutler, a strong-armed and mobile quarterback whose talent has never been in question even as the results haven’t always reflected that.
“I can’t wait to get my hands on him,” he said.
Getting the most out of Cutler would go a long way toward invigorating a stagnant offense and getting the Bears to the playoffs on a consistent basis after they missed the postseason for the fifth time in six years. Those issues led to Lovie Smith’s firing, and the Bears turned to Trestman this week after an extensive search.
He spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, leading them to two championships, and was a longtime NFL assistant who was known for his work with quarterbacks.
“Marc has a quietness to him, a quiet confidence, high level of intellect, those are attractive qualities,” Emery said. “The thing that was most remarkable that came out of his interviews and when discussing to people who Marc is was there is a heck of a football coach under all that quietness and confidence and intellect.
“Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor. He’s as tough-minded and football-oriented than anybody I’ve been around in 31 years in this game.”