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The Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman as their new head coach.
If Trestman's name sounds familiar to you, it's because he was the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks coach in 1997. This was after he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1995-96. (Yes, he was the OC for the receiving record Jerry Rice had up until Calvin Johnson broke it this past season.) Trestman only spent one season with the Lions and went on to work for the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins before going to North Carolina State. He then took over the Alouettes job in 2008.
This is certainly a bit of an unusual hire given that Trestman is coming from the CFL, but it's not like he's never coached in the NFL before. In fact, he has a pretty good track record when it comes to coaching quarterbacks, and I personally think he'll be a good fit with the Bears in that regard.
Already Trestman is starting to put together his coaching staff, and he has reportedly hired former New Orleans Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer as Chicago's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Trestman also may be considering keeping Rod Marinelli as the Bears' defensive coordinator, but that's still up in the air.
What do you think of this hire for the Bears? Are you more confident in the Lions facing them in the future than you were when Lovie Smith was head coach?
(For the reaction of Bears fans to this news, head on over to Windy City Gridiron.)