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Marc Trestman
Head Coach

Biography

Named the fourteenth head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 16, 2013, Marc Trestman led the franchise to an 8-8 record in 2013, the most wins by a head coach in his first season with the Bears in the Super Bowl era and the most since John “Paddy” Driscoll had nine wins in 1956.

In its first year under Trestman, Chicago’s offense rewrote the 94-year old franchise record book. In 2013 the Bears offense gained a franchise-best 6,109 net yards. The passing offense set single-season records in gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32) and passer rating (96.9). The Bears offense also set a franchise mark with 344 first downs and finished second in team history with 445 points.

Named the fourteenth head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 16, 2013, Marc Trestman led the franchise to an 8-8 record in 2013, the most wins by a head coach in his first season with the Bears in the Super Bowl era and the most since John “Paddy” Driscoll had nine wins in 1956.

In its first year under Trestman, Chicago’s offense rewrote the 94-year old franchise record book. In 2013 the Bears offense gained a franchise-best 6,109 net yards. The passing offense set single-season records in gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32) and passer rating (96.9). The Bears offense also set a franchise mark with 344 first downs and finished second in team history with 445 points.

At the quarterback position Jay Cutler and Josh McCown had career years. McCown set the franchise record in passer rating (109.0), completion percentage (66.5) and lowest interception percentage (0.4). Cutler finished second in franchise single-season history with a 63.1 completion percentage and sixth with a career-best 89.2 passer rating.

Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte finished second in the NFL with 1,339 rushing yards and third with 1,933 yards from scrimmage, both career-bests ranking ninth and fifth, respectively, in single-season franchise history and most among players other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton.

Pro Bowl WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall were sixth and 11th in the NFL, respectively in receiving yards, during the 2013 season. Jeffery’s 1,421 receiving yards were second in franchise annals and Marshall’s 1,295 were fifth.

The offensive line allowed just 30 sacks in 2013, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL, after allowing a combined 149 sacks in the three years prior to Trestman’s arrival. Rookie guard Kyle Long was the first Bears offensive lineman to be named to the Pro Bowl since 2006.

Trestman joined the Bears with a champion head coaching pedigree and keen offensive expertise. In the five seasons prior to his arrival in Chicago, as a head coach in the Canadian Football League, Trestman led the Montreal Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 2009. He also helped tutor quarterback Anthony Calvillo to back-to-back CFL MVP’s in 2008 and 2009. During his time in Montreal, Trestman compiled a 59-31 (.656) regular season record, which included four East Division titles and a 5-3 (.625) record in the playoffs.

Overall, in his 29 years coaching, Trestman has been a part of 19 winning seasons, 16 playoff appearances and three championship teams.

Trestman has 18 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including eight as an offensive coordinator. During his time in the NFL, Trestman helped his teams to eight playoff appearances, two conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance (XXXVII as offensive coordinator of the Raiders).

Trestman started his coaching career in 1981 at the University of Miami as a volunteer assistant while attending law school. He was named the school’s quarterbacks coach in 1983 and helped direct the Hurricanes to their first-ever National Championship. Under Trestman’s tutelage Hurricanes quarterback Bernie Kosar was selected in the first round of the NFL Supplemental Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

In 1985, Trestman got his first coaching experience in the NFL, under Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant as the running backs coach of the Minnesota Vikings, a position he held for two seasons.

Trestman moved on to become the quarterbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and would work as a quarterbacks coach in 13 of his 17 NFL seasons. In 1988 he was reunited with Kosar in Cleveland, before adding the title of offensive coordinator a year later, helping lead Cleveland to two playoff appearances including the AFC Championship Game in 1989.

Trestman rejoined the Vikings in 1990 as quarterbacks coach, working two seasons with quarterback Rich Gannon, who improved his QB rating from 68.9 in 1990 to 81.5 in 1991, 11th highest in the NFL.  

George Seifert named Trestman the 49ers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1995 as he guided San Francisco to the No. 1 scoring offense (28.6 points per game) and passing attack (288.0 yards per game) and helped them rank second in total offense (380.4 YPG). A year later, San Francisco had the third best scoring offense (24.9 PPG) and ranked sixth in total offense (344.1 YPG). In 1995 Jerry Rice broke the NFL single-season record for receiving yards with 1,848, a mark that stood for 17 seasons.

Trestman spent the 1997 season as quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions. Scott Mitchell threw for 3,484 yards that season, which at the time was second most in team history and now stands as the sixth most.

In 1998, Trestman left the Lions to become the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals for three seasons. In his first season in Arizona, the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and won their first playoff game since 1947.

Trestman was hired by Jon Gruden in 2001 to serve as a senior assistant on the Oakland Raiders staff before being promoted by new head coach Bill Callahan to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach a year later, holding the position for two seasons.

The 2002 Raiders led the NFL in total offense with 389.8 yards and 279.7 passing yards per game, finished second in scoring offense averaging 28.1 points per game and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII, their first NFL title game appearance in 20 years. Quarterback Rich Gannon was named the NFL’s MVP after throwing for 4,689 yards.

In 2004 he was the assistant head coach/quarterbacks of the Miami Dolphins.

From 2005-06, Trestman served as offensive coordinator of North Carolina State, helping recruit current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the Wolfpack.

In 2007, he worked as a consultant to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

The 57-year old Trestman has also mentored collegiate quarterbacks, including current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, as they prepared for the NFL Combine. In 2010, he authored a book entitled, “Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.”

Trestman received a bachelor's degree in political science from Minnesota in 1979. He went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law and then became a member of the Florida bar.

Trestman and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Sarahanne and Chloe.

Coaching Career

1981-1982: University of Miami (FL)  - Volunteer Assistant

1983-1984: University of Miami (FL)  - Quarterbacks Coach

1985-1986: Minnesota Vikings – Running Backs Coach

1987: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quarterbacks Coach

1988: Cleveland Browns - Quarterbacks Coach

1989: Cleveland Browns – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

1990-1991: Minnesota Vikings - Quarterbacks Coach

1995: San Francisco 49ers – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

1996: San Francisco 49ers – Offensive Coordinator

1997: Detroit Lions - Quarterbacks Coach

1998-2000: Arizona Cardinals – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

2001: Oakland Raiders – Senior Assistant

2002-2003: Oakland Raiders – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach       

2004: Miami Dolphins – Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks

2005-2006: North Carolina State – Offensive Coordinator

2008-2012: Montreal Alouettes (CFL) – Head Coach

2013-current: Chicago Bears – Head Coach

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