The Chicago Bears suffered a second-half collapse this season after the team was able to dominate the competition in the first eight game coming away with only one loss to the arch division rival Green Bay Packers.
As a result of the Bears finishing the season without a playoff berth and only three more wins since winning the first seven out of eight, head coach Lovie Smith was shown the door as arguably the surprising firing in the NFL following the end of the regular season.
With Smith currently looking for work in the NFL, the Bears began their search for a new leader on the sidelines. Chicago wasn’t taking this search lightly with the team interviewing plenty of candidates before ultimately deciding to dice the roll on Marc Trestman of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.
The hiring of Trestman was an interesting one with the team narrowing down the candidates to three on Tuesday with the Seattle Seahawks’ Darrell Bevell and Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts thought to atop of the list with Trestman being a longshot to land the job.
It was uncertain how the players would react to the hiring of Trestman, but apparently All-Pro Brandon Marshall is ecstatic about team choosing Trestman over Arians and Bevell via The Chicago-Sun Times:
“I absolutely love the hire,” Marshall told the Sun-Times, “and the few guys I’ve talked to love it too.
“Hearing from guys who have played for him and been around him, he’s a guy that’s innovative.”
Marshall is coming off his best season in the NFL leading the team with 118 catches, 1,508 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
The incredible numbers Marshall put up in his first season in Chicago merited his first All-Pro selection. Although Marshall was named an All-Pro as well as a Pro Bowler, the wide receiver will likely miss the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii due to hip surgery.