Chicago Bears hire Marc Trestman as head coach

January 16, 2013

The search is over for a new Chicago Bears head coach. The Bears announced early Wednesday morning that Marc Trestman has been hired to lead the team.

It’s been just over over two weeks since former head coach Lovie Smith was fired after nine seasons with the Bears. GM Phil Emery said at the time that too many playoff misses and the inability to develop a productive offense led to Smith’s firing.

New coach Marc Trestman has the opposite on his resume.  The Bears say he spent 17 years as an NFL offensive coordinator and position coach, helping five teams make the playoffs in his first year on the job: the Browns (1988), 49ers (1995), Lions (1997), Cardinals (1988) and Raiders (2011). Trestman reached the playoffs a total of eight times during 17 NFL seasons, advancing to two conference championship games and one Super Bowl. 

Trestman spent the last five seasons in the Canadian Football League as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. He was named CFL coach of the year in 2009. 

Trestman will be the 14th head coach in Bears history