The Chicago Bears made a bold move on Wednesday by deciding to hire Marc Trestman formerly of the CFL as the team’s new head coach to replace Lovie Smith. Although unexpected and unorthodox considering the two other finalists seemingly more qualified for the position, the team appears to be confident in the decision to go with Trestman despite mixed opinions around the league.
The hiring of Trestman was criticized by some and praised by others like All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but the Bears are content with their new head coach and Trestman is eager to get back to work. The former Montreal Alouettes head coach looking forward to working with one player in particular in Chicago with Jay Cutler being at the top of his list of players to working with right out of the gate.
Trestman expressed his desire to work with Cutler immediately according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk:
Trestman said he’d handle offensive play-calling, and that getting off to a good relationship with Cutler was going to be essential.
“I can’t wait to get my hands on him,” Trestman said. “That starts today.”
As one of the big-name players on the Bears’ current roster that has been criticized more than most over the last two seasons, Cutler might be equally anxious to get to work with his new head coach in order to improve the team immediately.
With Trestman an offensive-minded head coach, Cutler, Marshall and running back Matt Forte will likely benefit from the hiring more than most. The Bears have mainly be known for their defense over the past decade or so with superstar linebacker Brian Urlacher being the face of the franchise, but that may soon change with Trestman calling the shots on the sidelines while concentrating on the offensive side of the football.