The Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman as the team's next head coach. Trestman joins the NFL coaching ranks from the CFL where he led the Montreal Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles in five seasons.
Trestman has deep connections to Minnesota. The St. Louis Park High School graduate went to the University of Minnesota, where he played quarterback for the Gophers for three seasons. Trestman also had two coaching stints with the Minnesota Vikings, from 1985-86 and 1990-91 as a running backs coach and quarterbacks coach.
The NFC rival Bears are hoping the offensive-minded Trestman can help quarterback Jay Cutler reach his full potential and keep Chicago in the playoffs. Star wide receiver Brandon Marshall and all-purpose running back Matt Forte give him immediate weapons on offense.
This is the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, whose name was also mentioned in the Gophers football coaching search that ended with the hiring of Jerry Kill.