Mazel tov to the former head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, who takes on that role for the Chicago Bears.
The Bears were 10-6 this season but failed to make the playoffs, spelling doom for coach Lovey Smith, who was 81-63 over nine seasons.
Prior to joining the Alouettes, where he had a record of59-31 from 2008-12, Trestman, 57, was an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (1989), San Francisco 49ers (1995-96), Arizona Cardinals (1998-2000), and Oakland Raiders (2002-03). He led the Als to the playoffs in each of his five seasons, winning two Grey Cups, the CFL equivalent of the Vince Lombardi trophy that goes to the winner of the Super Bowl.
Trestman becomes the Bears’ 14th head coach. If that seems like an unusually small number, given the team’s 82-year history, it’s because George “Papa Bear” Halas held the position for 40 seasons.
It’s interesting to note that Marv Levy, the last Jewish NFL head coach, also was a coach in the Canadian Football League — for the Alouettes. What are the odds? Not to mention that M-a-r-c/v first name thing.