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The Bears Den: January 17, 2013 - Postseason News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

Bears hire Marc Trestman, former CFL coach of year for Montreal Alouettes - Michael C. Wright with a comprehensive account of the news and views surrounding the Bears' new head coach.

Marc Trestman carries impressive CFL resume to Chicago - Coach is highly spoken of by both a current Alouettes player and a CFL writer.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - New coach's West Coast-style offense should be real benefit for Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler.

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Marc Trestman hiring

Hot prospect days behind him, Marc Trestman's time finally has come - Dan Pompei: New Bears coach's track record developing potent pro offenses is as successful as it is long.

Marc Trestman becomes Bears 14th head coach - Sean Jensen: 15-year NFL coaching veteran is known for running a West Coast offense and emphasizing protecting his QB.

Bears put trust in Marc Trestman - Brad Biggs: GM Phil Emery boldly reaches into Canadian Football League for new head coach.

[Video] CTL discussion - Brad Biggs checks in to discuss the hiring, likely assistants, and what effect it's likely to have on offensive production.

Bears hire Kromer as OC, line coach - Larry Mayer: Less than 24 hours after being named Bears head coach, Marc Trestman filled a key position on his staff by hiring Aaron Kromer from the Saints.

Bears hire DeCamillis as special teams coordinator - Larry Mayer: The Bears replaced one of the NFL's best special teams coordinator with another Wednesday, hiring Joe DeCamillis one day after losing Dave Toub to the Chiefs.

Kromer-Trestman pairing points to balanced firepower - Moon Mullin analyzes the pairing of Aaron Kromer and Marc Trestman on the team's coaching staff. They may appear similar to a duo we've seen before.

Marc Trestman: A life in football - Vaughn McClure reviews Trestman's history in the sport.

Trestman’s time has finally come - Neil Hayes: Those who have played for him can’t explain why he has been overlooked for so long, but they know one thing: His offense will be like nothing Bears fans have seen before.

Like Walsh, NFL took its time to promote Trestman - Mike Imrem: Marc Trestman took a long time to become an NFL head coach, but there is a prominent precedent of someone who had to wait for a chance before demonstrating greatness.

Chicago Bears coaching tree - Dan Pompei lists the Bears' head coaches through franchise history.


Thoughts from the CFL and former stops

[Video] Mark Trestman's time in Canada, fit with Bears - CFL reporter Dave Naylor joined Kip Lewis to discuss Marc Trestman's hiring and says the new Bears' head coach is highly respected in Canada.

Alouettes QB says Trestman elevated his game - Vaughn McClure: Montreal Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo has no doubt that his former coach will succeed as head coach of the Chicago Bears.

[Video] Wolfe: Unbelievable coach, but an even better person - Former Bears RB Garrett Wolfe talks about playing for Marc Trestman in Montreal and how much they like hamsters in Canada.

[Video] Alouettes GM: Bears hit a grand slam with Trestman - Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp praises the Bears' hiring of Trestman and says he'll have no trouble dealing with the Chicago media.

Young, Rice confident Trestman will succeed - Larry Mayer: Hall of Famers Steve Young and Jerry Rice flourished while playing for Marc Trestman with the 49ers during the mid-1990s and believe that he’ll excel as Bears head coach.

Marc Trestman gets high marks from former 49ers owner - David Haugh: According to Eddie DeBartolo Jr, he's not an over-the-top boisterous type like Mike Ditka in his heyday, but he'll get the job done.


Reaction & analysis

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin discusses Phil Emery's decision to hire Marc Trestman as the team's new head coach, and what it means for the future.

Trestman hire puts Cutler, Emery on clock - Moon Mullin: With offensive-minded Marc Trestman the new head coach of the Bears, the onus of performing is squarely on the shoulders of Jay Cutler -- and Phil Emery.

[Video] Tom Waddle's thoughts - Tom Waddle shares his thoughts and likes the Bears' decision to hire Marc Trestman.

New Bears coach has supporters, detractors - Bob LeGere: The consensus is that the Bears are getting a cerebral, innovative offensive mastermind in new head coach Marc Trestman, but there are those who doubt that he has what it takes to lead an NFL team.

[Video] CTL discussion - The panel share their thoughts on Trestman's hiring.

Marc Trestman hire: Outsmarting the rest? - Kevin Seifert: Without question, hiring Marc Trestman was a courageous decision. There are plenty of people who consider it brilliant and decades in the making. The bottom line, however, is that most of the NFL rendered its judgment on him -- right or wrong, fair or otherwise -- a long time ago. Are the Bears smarter than everyone else?

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Say this much: Phil Emery is bold. Emery isn't looking to extend his time on the job with safe decisions. He's trying to do his job and is willing to reach out of the box to do so.

Please, Bears fans, don’t judge Trestman yet - Tim Baffoe: Aren’t Bears fans the ones so often stereotyped for demanding something different? “Zorich to linebacker.” “Try more shotgun.” “Cook the McCaskeys and eat them.” Why brush a guy off because he comes from somewhere different (even though he came from here before that)?

[Video] ESPN - Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the Bears' hiring of Marc Trestman.

Some advice for Marc Trestman - Dan Bernstein seems to be listing all the things he didn't like about recent Bears coaches.....



Cutler 'couldn't be more excited' Bears hired Trestman - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler will work with his fourth different OC in five seasons with the Bears, but said he "couldn't be more excited" about the Bears' new direction.

Trestman should better protect Cutler - Marc Trestman's system was able to keep defenses off his QB during his five years in Montreal, with the sack total dropping from 68 to 22 in his first year.

Jay Cutler isn't Trestman's only big problem - Steve Rosenbloom: Marc Trestman wasn't brought in just to hold Jay Cutler's hand. He has to figure out how a team that gave Cutler almost everything he wanted then got worse.

Marc Trestman needs to stop the Jay Cutler star treatment - Rick Morrissey: Cutler needs help with his mechanics, his decision-making and his attitude. He also needs an offensive line, but that’s for Emery to worry about.

[Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6 - Jim Miller is confident that Marc Trestman will prove to be everything GM Phil Emery thought he was, and help maximise Jay Cutler's game.

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