When the Bears announced that former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman will become the new coach in Chicago, the team was careful to point out that Trestman helped prepare current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for the 2006 draft.
The Bears didn’t mention one of Trestman’s other high-profile pupils. In 2010, Trestman helped Tim Tebow get ready for the draft.
“I don’t know that I’m the only one who has the sense of Tim’s ability to be developed and become a very good player in the league,” Trestman said at the time, via the Morning Journal. “I believe in the right environment Tim Tebow will figure this out. He doesn’t have explosive arm strength, but he has more than adequate arm strength to throw the ball in the NFL and make all the throws. I saw him do something totally different in seven or eight days. I can only imagine what he’s going to do in one year or two years, because he’s going to outwork everybody else and find a way to figure it out.”
There’s another connection between Trestman and Tebow. Trestman’s former team, the Montreal Alouettes, hold Tebow’s negotiating rights in the CFL.
None of this means that Trestman will be interested now or in the future in acquiring Tebow as a member of the Bears. But it’s fair game to ask him the question at his introductory press conference — and to see if the slams the door on the possibility the same way that Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell did last week.