Marc Trestman is out of work once again.
Marc Trestman is looking for a new job once again.
Marc Trestman’s tenure in Chicago went wrong in just about every way possible. After he was relieved of his duties as head coach after the 2014 season, he spent two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens as the team’s offensive coordinator. After that relationship fizzled, Trestman found himself back in the CFL as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.
For all of Trestman’s struggles in Chicago, he has had plenty of success in the CFL. Trestman spent five years as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes from 2008 to 2012 where he led Montreal to two Grey Cup championships.
That success catapulted him back to the NFL as head coach of the Chicago Bears. Trestman’s first year was decent, he went 8-8 and established the offense as an elite unit.
Year two was a debacle. They started off with a decent clip at 3-3, but after that, the wheels fell off. The Bears went 2-8 over the last 10 games. Of the 8 losses, they lost six by double figures. They had an anemic back-to-back stretch against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers when they lost 106-37.
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Before Trestman, the Bears had never fired a coach with two years left on their contract. The Bears finished the season so meekly, that ownership made a coaching change.
After a short stint calling plays for John Harbaugh and the Ravens, Trestman was named head coach of Toronto in the CFL. His regular season wasn’t much, just 9-9, but they got hot in the postseason and Trestman won his third career Grey Cup.
Trestman’s system may not have sustained success at the NFL level, but there’s no question that his offensive system works up north in the CFL.
This season though, Toronto struggled. Toronto finished last in their division with a 4-14 record and they decided to terminate Trestman and go in a new direction.
Trestman will inevitably get another job as some type of QB coach, perhaps even an offensive coordinator at the college level, but he will be 63 in January and you have to figure that he has concluded his last game as the head coach at any kind of professional or collegiate level.