Marc Trestman: 'I'm excited to have 4 downs instead of 3'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 17, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 17, 2013

It was no secret that the Bears wanted a head coach who would be able to help the offense, and specifically the quarterback position.

Enter Marc Trestman. The former Montreal Alouettes head coach has been called offensive guru and was introduced as Chicago's head coach on Thursday.

"I'm going to be responsible for keeping Jay and our quarterbacks safe in the pocket," Trestman said. "I'm going to have the pulse of the team, each and every day with an unbelievable support group, from (general manager Phil Emery) and the administration in our organization, to the coaches and players that I work with."

Trestman said he will be calling the offensive plays.

The biggest question with Trestman is that he hasn't been in the NFL for eight years. Still, he was an assistant coach in the NFL from 1985-2004, and the CFL is still professional football.

Asked about how much NFL he has watched over the last five years, Trestman said he didn't catch much during the season, but he would break down tape of the top teams every offseason

"The box in the CFL is the same as the box down here. It really doesn't change," he said. "The protection schemes up there and the blitzes we see up there are the blitzes that we're going to see every week on Sunday down here. The development and the coaching of those players is absolutely the same. That's really it in a nutshell. The field is wider, it's longer.

"I'm excited we get four downs now instead of three to make a first down. I'm excited about that. I'm excited that our defensive coaches don't have to deal with all the multiple motions and formations that our defensive coaches would walk into me and say, 'How are we going to handle this? It's impossible to defend these types of motions.'

"At the end of the day, the box is the box, the player development is the same, and the coaching has to be outstanding and is outstanding in Canada just as it is in the NFL."

As for his staff, Trestman said he expects a few assistants to follow him from Montreal. Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has decided to "move on," according to Trestman, who said he will have final say on his staff.

There is excitement around the Bears and what could happen with the offense, even if the new head coach grew up as a Vikings fan.



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