Marc Trestman gets fired, less than a year after winning a CFL championship

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Former Bears coach Marc Trestman, a surprise hire when he was plucked from the Montreal Alouettes post-Lovie Smith, won a Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts in 2017. Trestman is now out of a job.

The Argonauts have announced that Trestman has been relieved of his duties.

That’s a rare accomplishment for any coach, going from top of the mountain to out the door in only one year. But the Argos imploded in 2018, chasing their championship with a 4-14 free fall punctuated by a loss last week to the equally awful Alouettes, now quarterbacked by Johnny Manziel.

Toronto ended its season with a 24-9 loss at Ottawa, with Trestman being fired the next day.

He finishes with a 15-23 record in two years with Toronto. Trestman was 13-19 in two years with the Bears, where he definitely did not win a Super Bowl to cap his first season.

27 responses to “Marc Trestman gets fired, less than a year after winning a CFL championship

  1. MichelleObamas10inchPianist says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Remember when this guy was an “offensive genius” his first year with the bears?
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    He did get the most out of a senior citizen at QB his first year with the bears

  2. Only a Raiders fan would be stupid enough to want Trestman to coach in the NFL at ANY capacity. Just when you think you couldn’t say anything dumber and you go and say something like “There’s your guy, Jon Gruden. Time to get the band back together again.”

    The Raiders are the new Browns of the AFC and they have the worst fan base in all of sports.

  3. Wellthoughtoutcomment says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:43 am
    Only a Raiders fan would be stupid enough to want Trestman to coach in the NFL at ANY capacity. Just when you think you couldn’t say anything dumber and you go and say something like “There’s your guy, Jon Gruden. Time to get the band back together again.”

    The Raiders are the new Browns of the AFC and they have the worst fan base in all of sports.
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    The Browns need to stop being the Browns before we can call someone else the new Browns

  4. Is it possible to have two teams that are the Browns of the AFC?

    The Lions are the Browns of the NFC……

  5. He is a good coach. He lost his starting QB early in the season and was stuck with garbage QB’s the rest of the season. I watch CFL and am just stating facts. I am not an Argo fan and have no dog in this fight. He will get hired in CFL fast.

  6. Marc Trestman was praised to the heavens by HOFer Steve Young and many others when he was hired by the Bears to be their HC. His first year with the Bears was fun and exciting with them being a top five team offensively. As a result, expectations were sky high for his second year as the Bears HC. Unfortunately, everything went south. I love when know-nothing morons feel compelled to disparage their betters.

  7. Trestmam earned the name “Dr. Death” for good reason here in Chicago. The goof was Bears President Sweaty Teddy Phillips hiring Uber Goof Phil Emery for GM…ooofff. Those two were like Peas and Cancer at Halas Hall…Teddy needed to be shown the door too.

  8. To be fair, Ricky Ray went down in Week 2 and James Franklin wasn’t quite the QB the organization thought he would be. He was caught in a no-win situation.

  9. an absolute joke of a head coach.
    theres more to coaching than knowing you are smarter than everyone else in the room.

  10. the defenders of trestman overlook the win loss record
    combined cfl and nfl
    28-42
    he wins at a 40% clip.
    regardless of injuries, thats gonna get you fired more often than not.

  11. He’s won 3 Grey cups, lost 1 Grey cup and finished 1st in his division 5 out of 7 seasons as a CFL coach. He probably deserves another chance in the NFL. He’s got to be a better coach than Jason Garrett.

  12. Take a very close look at Trestman as a HC and we see brilliance as well as WTF moments. In Montreal he sometimes did weird things that were covered up by the strength of the lineup. During his Bears tenure, he was undermined by a micro-managing GM, then self-destructed and lost the locker room. With the Argos, he did well when Ray was healthy and then weird took over when Ray went down. His refusal to use Carter and develop Franklin defied common sense.

    Playing QB in the CFL is tougher than in the NFL. It takes far longer to develop a CFL QB. His lack of patience with Franklin playing on a mediocre team, made me wonder if he had lost it. Look what has happened to Reilly this year. One of the best QBs in the CFL is getting exposed by a weak supporting cast.

    His players like him, but his WTF decisions are not good for job security.

  13. Wellthoughtoutcomment says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:43 am
    Only a Raiders fan would be stupid enough to want Trestman to coach in the NFL at ANY capacity. Just when you think you couldn’t say anything dumber and you go and say something like “There’s your guy, Jon Gruden. Time to get the band back together again.”

    The Raiders are the new Browns of the AFC and they have the worst fan base in all of sports.
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    *eye roll* apparently you’re not smart enough to catch sarcasm. Only a bears fan will be dumb enough to comment realizing that you guys made him your HEAD COACH

  14. *eye roll* apparently you’re not smart enough to catch sarcasm. Only a bears fan will be dumb enough to comment realizing that you guys made him your HEAD COACH

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    I’m not the smartest man alive, but I believe that was the entire point of his comment. Pretty sure sarcasm is impossible to pick via reading text, but you already knew that since you use chat actions like “*eye roll*” (what a pansy, btw) and type with a seriously butthurt condescending tone.

    Trestman did to the Bears exactly what Gruden is doing the Raiders which is running them into the ground. Don’t worry Bears fan, we may bicker and batter in the NFCN, but we will always have more class with one another than the Raiders punks.

  15. I was excited to see Trestman get hired as the Bears HC. We had Marshall, Jeffery, Forte, Bennett and Cutler–ugh with a great offensive mind. I believe it was our second season with him and we just came off the bye week against the Packers and they dropped a 50 burger on us followed by the Patriots who also dropped a 50 burger on us. Trestman was a weird dude, he’s favorite statement at the press conference was “We had a great day of practice” even on game day press conferences. The guy was just weird.

  16. Marc Trestman is the Phil Jackson of football – an extremely intelligent Zen master, not prone to drama and hyperbole, unexcitable, calm in a maelstrom, and extremely effective. The fact that he won a Grey Cup in 2017 with a mediocre Toronto team is worthy of idolatry. Won his CFL division 5 out of 7 years. Won 3 Grey Cups. Never had a losing season in the CFL until this year. He’s way too smart to ever be successful in the NFL, where stupidity among players is rampant, but he is a tremendous fit up North. To be canned from the team he took to the Grey Cup last year defies logic. Look for the Argonauts to be the Browns of the CFL for the next 4 years. Meanwhile, I’m praying for him to be hired in Edmonton. Give him the league’s best quarterback (Mike Reilly), their top 3 running back (CJ Gable), and a top 3 receiver (Duke Williams), and watch how quickly he returns to Canada’s Big Dance.

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