In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears will interview Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman for their vacant head coaching job, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter on Saturday morning. Trestman has been the head coach in Montreal for five years and previously worked for eight different NFL clubs.
And while Trestman's name isn't one most Bears are familiar with, he does have quite an impressive resume dating back nearly three decades.
Trestman began his career as the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach in 1985 and was eventually named offensive coordinator in both San Francisco (1995-96) and Arizona (1998-2000). Since arriving in Canada five years ago, Trestman has won two Grey Cups and was named the 2009 CFL coach of the year.
In addition, Trestman has also become a quarterback coach for a number of big names in the lead-up to the NFL Draft. Over the last couple years he has tutored Jason Campbell and Tim Tebow, as well as current Bears starter Jay Cutler.
If Trestman is eventually hired in Chicago, he would replace Lovie Smith who spent nine years as the Bears' head coach.
Smith finished 10-6 overall in 2012, but Chicago missed the playoffs after Minnesota beat Green Bay in their regular season finale.