The Chicago Bears are going Canadian! The Bears are set to meet with Canadian Football League head coach Marc Trestman.
The Montreal Alouettes coach recently signed a new deal with his CFL team through 2016, leaving questions as to the validity of his Bears chances.
A source close to the Alouettes revealed on Saturday that Trestman would likely be allowed to abandon his contract because ownership at the team is “usually pretty good about stuff like that … although Marc just signed a new extension this year. So I don’t know if that might hold things up.”
The source tells ESPN that Trestman:
“Works well with a front office” and is “a player’s coach for sure.”
Trestman is up against some tough competition including Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Already interviewed by the Chicago Bears were Keith Armstrong of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Sullivan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Pete Carmichael Jr. of the New Orleans offensive coordinator.
Trestman is a well-respected head coach in the Canadian Football League, leading the Alouettes to the Grey Cup three times and winning championships in 2009 and 2010.
Trestman isn’t exactly an NFL veteran, having worked with quarterbacks Steve Young, Rich Gannon and Bernie Kosar. Trestman also worked as a New Orleans Saints consultant in 2007. During his NFL career Trestman also worked with Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona and Miami.
The Chicago Bears head coach search is well underway and at least one person is not happy, former Bears coach Mike Ditka called the firing of head coach Lovie Smith “stupid.”