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History is Made as NFL Hires its First Jewish Head Coach

57-Year-Old Marc Trestman Takes the Reins of Chicago Bears

By: David Shear
Published: January 16th, 2013 in News » World
Marc Trestman
The National Football League finally has a Jewish head coach with the announcement today that the Chicago Bears have hired former Montreal Alouettes’ coach Marc Trestman.

The new coach will take over from the recently fired Lovie Smith.

Trestman, 57, is a longtime assistant in the NFL who spent the past five seasons coaching the Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. A team he led to two Canuck championships, and the Canadian equivalent to the Super Bowl, the Grey Cup.

Prior to his trip north, Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.

Bears’ general manager Phil Emery interviewed at least 13 candidates before deciding on making Trestman his “Chosen One”.

While not all of the Bears were thrilled with the firing of Smith, quarterback Jay Cutler and star receiver Brandon Marshall are reportedly excited about the move.

"He's been successful wherever he's been," Cutler told the Bears' website. "He's from the West Coast coaching tree, which I'm familiar with. It's what I came into the league with, with (Mike) Shanahan (with the Denver Broncos in 2006), so I'm looking forward to it. He understands quarterbacks. He understands their thought process and the minds of quarterbacks and what we have to go through. It's going to be a quarterback-friendly system and I can't wait to get started with him."

On Twitter, Marshall wrote:

"Heard so many GREAT things about Coach Trestman can't wait to follow his lead," he wrote. "Reading his book now."

Marshall was referring to the motivational biography written by Trestman in 2010, called "Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork."

NFL sources believe that The Bears, hired Trestman in part because of his experience working with quarterbacks, including his stint with Bernie Kosar when he was an assistant at the University of Miami, and again, when he was part of the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff when Kosar was their quarterback.

Trestman’s most pressing responsibility in his first stint as an NFL head coach will be getting the best out of quarterback Cutler.

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