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Trestman’s name gathers NFL steam


Marc Trestman hasn’t coached at the NFL level since 2004.  And yet he now finds himself under consideration for multiple NFL head-coaching jobs.

It’s not a complete shock.  Last year, the Colts considered both Trestman and his Montreal Alouettes’ boss, G.M. Jim Popp, for the top two vacancies in the Indy organization.  This year, the Browns and the Bears are giving Trestman a look-see.  (Popp also is on the Jets’ G.M. radar.)

The 57-year-old lawyer-turned-coach has 17 seasons of NFL experience as an assistant, serving as offensive coordinator with the Browns, 49ers, Cardinals, and Raiders.  Most recently, Trestman coached the Dolphins’ quarterbacks in 2004.

Trestman has coached in Montreal since 2008, winning a pair of Grey Cups and the CFL’s coach of the year award in 2009.  He also has been endorsed by veteran NFL coaches Marv Levy and Bud Grant.

“He’s made all the stops and coached in almost every capacity,” Grant, who coached in the CFL and the NFL, tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  “We try to make football more complicated than it really is.  Coaching is coaching whether it’s here or in Canada.  The same principles apply.”

Whoever hires Trestman eventually may have to tackle the Tim Tebow question.  Trestman tutored the Jets’ outgoing quarterback-of-all-trades before the 2010 draft, and Trestman’s team currently holds CFL squatting rights on Tebow.

Before that issue even becomes relevant, Trestman needs to get an NFL job.  And while he may indeed be the best choice for one of the current vacancies, it’s odd that he continues to draw interest as an NFL head coach but little or no sniffs as a candidate to once again be an NFL offensive coordinator.

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25 Responses to “Trestman’s name gathers NFL steam”
  1. boltfaninfalconcountry says: Jan 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    Endorsed by two guys who never won a Super Bowl.

  2. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    Please Browns sign this guy i think he wld bring a winner to this team an it will keep those other coaching candidates of the team.

  3. trulywilde66 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:26 AM

    Marc Trestman was the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator in 2002 when Rich Gannon was named League MVP and Raiders went to the Superbowl.

    Not too shabby.

  4. tannethrill says: Jan 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    Do you just relate to Trestman since you both once were lawyers or do you really believe the guy that flamed out of the NFL as an assistant is going to get a HC job?

    It’s also now very clear Tebow is destined for a Flutie kind of path.

  5. barbarian9 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:39 AM

    He’s had success at every level he coached and has shown a great talent at mentoring QBs.

  6. dvnelson72 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    Where is Marty Schottenheimer’s name in all of this?

    All he does is build winners. Maybe they fall short in the playoffs, but as a Dolphins fan I would take 12-4 and a playoff appearance any time.

  7. pj1983a says: Jan 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    Trestman also tutored Brandon Wheedon…

  8. footballmaven says: Jan 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    Trestman is a retread and a proven failure in the NFL….he’s not the answer to anybody’s coaching problems…

  9. fritz1218 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:48 AM

    Wow, lawyer turn coach! Most of them turn politician when they fail as lawyer. That in itself speaks highly of his character.

  10. donjuan1906 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    boltfaninfalconcountry says:
    Jan 10, 2013 11:21 AM
    Endorsed by two guys who never won a Super Bowl.


    And they’ve been to multiple – you got some coaches that can’t even get a whiff of what a super bowl smells like! Look up Marty Schottenheimer!

    I rather have a coach who’s been to mulptiple championships than none.

  11. ccjcsr says: Jan 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    I’m going to throw my name in the hat for a GM position. Seems to me like the owners just want something fresh and new.. I can bring that to the table!

  12. garryfish says: Jan 10, 2013 11:55 AM

    Popp gets hired as GM of Jets; Trestman gets hired as OC; they keep Tebow????

  13. eatitfanboy says: Jan 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    I know there will be a dozen posts on here dismissing his CFL experience as irrelevant, but it’s not.

    He has coached a professional football organization to championships in two out of the last five years.

    I think that, combined with 17 years of experience as an NFL assistant plus his history developing young QBs makes him more than qualified to be considered.

  14. scjohnny says: Jan 10, 2013 12:04 PM

    How can he be a retread? He never was a HC in the NFL,He is from UM actually was a QB there and coached many good QB’s, when you make a dumb blanket statement at least have a reason why or something to back it up,he’s at least as worthy as say Chan Gailey, Mularkey , Norv Turner etc….

  15. godofwine330 says: Jan 10, 2013 12:06 PM

    I am actually hoping the Browns sign him as their head coach. Great football pedigree, has coached the game for a long time. I’d vote for Tressman.

  16. theuglitruth says: Jan 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    Potentially the next guy to turn down the Eagles coaching job!

  17. thingamajig says: Jan 10, 2013 12:09 PM

    How can an OC that was fired by the Browns and Cardinals be considered HC material?

  18. dolphins4 says: Jan 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    I’d take a proven winner retread over a no experience nobody assistant.

  19. jameslongstaffe says: Jan 10, 2013 12:31 PM

    I am a CFL fan, & what most impressed me about Trestman was that, unlike most rookie CFL coaches, he seemed to get it figured out right from the start. I don’t think Tebow is really linked to him other than he may have tutored him at some point. The Alouettes just have him on their negotiation list for CFL rights in the event he is not picked up by another NFL team & still wants an opportunity to play QB. Currently he could not supplant the starter in MTL but he is nearing the end of his career.

  20. NoobTubeTV says: Jan 10, 2013 12:34 PM

    Just get the train rolling Cleveland. Sick of waiting around for something to happen. It is at least 2 to 3 years before we expect any type of real turnaround and Trestman seems like a more proven commodity than Chip Kelly.

    Go for it.

  21. realfootballfan says: Jan 10, 2013 12:48 PM

    Either of those teams would be lucky to get him. His resume in the NFL alone should have led to an NFL job years ago, but it’s always more about who you know than anything you do.

    Anybody who could max Jake Plummer’s ability out (and yes, that happened when he was his coordinator in AZ, not under Shanahan) along with make Scott Mitchell not only look like an NFL QB, but run an offense that went to the playoffs, is good at the coaching thing and deserves a shot more than some of these stiffs I’ve seen get jobs recently.

  22. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 10, 2013 12:51 PM

    I really don’t think this article does Marc Trestman justice.

    I can’t even count all the QBs who had career seasons and played lights out under his tutelage.

    49ers had the #1 offense with Trestman as OC with Rice setting the Receiving record.
    Raiders had the #1 offense. With Gannon winning MVP.

    All those Miami Hurricane QBs he developed. Trestman’s a really good football coach.

  23. mikoltz says: Jan 10, 2013 1:13 PM

    He and Kosar were friends back in the day…. if he gets the job Bernie will definitely have a bigger say in team matters…

  24. fjpoitras says: Jan 10, 2013 1:16 PM

    Trestman has told the Montreal media (last year during the Indy interviews) that he would only leave for a head coach position in the NFL, not a coordinator… Perhaps that’s why he’s not drawing interest for an OC job: He’s not listening…

  25. douc66 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:01 AM

    He would be a good hire for Chicago. Out of all the current candidates, who else could get the most out of Jay Cutler and fix the Bears’ unimaginative offense?

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