Emery confirmed Trestman beat out offensive coordinators Bruce Arians of Indianapolis and Seattle’s Darrell Bevell for the job. All three were brought back for second interviews, and Bevell was the first eliminated from that group because he lacked head coaching experience.
He was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland. He worked with Bernie Kosar as an assistant at the University of Miami and again when he was on the Browns’ staff in the 1980s. Trestman helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season with an offense he geared for Rich Gannon, the league’s MVP that year.
One of Trestman’s most immediate tasks will be to build a connection with Cutler. They actually spent time together for a few days in North Carolina when the quarterback was coming out of Vanderbilt in 2006.
Trestman, who in recent years worked as an NFL consultant and helped QBs entering the league, was asked about that.
“I had the chance to meet with Jay 10 years ago in a hotel room in Raleigh, N.C.,” he said. “It was raining. We had no facility, we had no receivers. So we basically sat in a room for two days and stared at each other. It was a difficult environment to try to get the most out of somebody. When I sat with him, I found out he had some very core capabilities. He was tough, he was smart, and he loved football. I had the opportunity to meet with him a couple days ago. He’s a different guy. He’s in tune to where he is and where he wants to go.”
He said Cutler “loves football” and “wants to do everything he can to help this franchise.” He added they’ll work with a “sense of urgency to get him to be the guy that he wants to be and we want him to be.” But he did not use that term _ franchise quarterback.
Cutler has one year left on his contract, and the Bears have to decide if he can lead them to the top. Since he arrived in Chicago in 2009, he’s taken a beating behind a struggling offensive line and lacked a go-to receiver until Brandon Marshall arrived this season.
He’ll also be working in his fourth system with the Bears, with Trestman calling the plays and Aaron Kromer hired from New Orleans to replace Mike Tice as offensive coordinator and serve as line coach.
The Bears also brought in Joe DeCamillis from Dallas to replace Dave Toub as special teams coordinator. Now, they’re looking for a new defensive coordinator to replace Rod Marinelli after he decided not to return.
They also announced Thursday night that they were letting Tice, Bob Babich (linebackers), Jeremy Bates (quarterbacks), Mike DeBord (tight ends), Darryl Drake (receivers), Tim Holt (offensive line) and Tim Spencer (running backs) go.
On defense, it’s not clear if the Bears will switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 formation. Trestman is open to change, but he also realizes the Bears‘ defense ranked among the league’s best this past season.
“They have excellent football players and they’ve been well-coached,” Trestman said. “I don’t know the personnel on our football team right now. So to answer the question is premature. If you ask me 3-4 months from now, I’ll be in a much better position to answer that question.”View Entire Story
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