According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Bears will interview Montreal Alouettes’ coach Marc Trestman for their head coaching vacancy. Additionally, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Chicago will add Texans’ offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to the mix.
Trestman is a 17-year NFL coaching veteran, having worked primarily as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Entering his fifth season in Montreal, Trestman boasts a 52-26-0 record, three division championships, three Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup victories.
According to his personal website, Trestman is one of the most trusted and respected quarterback coaches in the game. Trestman helped to train Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler prior to the 2006 NFL Combine.
Trestman’s website also boasts this quote from former Super Bowl champion head coach Jon Gruden: “I think he is one of the most creative minds in football, and he probably isn't getting enough credit for what he has done as an offensive strategist in the NFL.”
Rick Dennison, a former NFL linebacker, played in Denver from 1982-1990 before becoming the team’s offensive coordinator in 2006—the year the Broncos drafted Jay Cutler (11th overall) and Brandon Marshall (119th overall).
According to folks who cover the Texans, Dennison has expressed interest in becoming an NFL head coach, and his connection to Cutler and Marshall, in addition to the Texans’ offensive success, makes him an attractive option.
We’ll have more info on the Bears’ head coaching search as the team narrows things down to a few candidates and begin second interviews.
As for when that will be, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted this on Sunday: Bears told their nearly dozen HC candidates they plan to bring two finalists to Halas Hall this week for second round of interviews.