Despite his team not even advancing to the postseason, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman became at least a small part of the conversation Tuesday at Super Bowl media day.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson acknowledged being “good friends” with Trestman, who as offensive coordinator at North Carolina State in 2006, recruited the signal-caller to join the Wolfpack. Wilson said Trestman “believed in me” despite concerns about the quarterback’s height and ability to play the position on the major-college level.
Russell and Trestman have remained in contact.
“I knew that coach Marc Trestman had extreme passion for the game,” Wilson said. “So I have a lot of respect for coach Marc Trestman and all the things he’s done.”
Trestman just wrapped up his first season as a head coach in the NFL, leading the Bears to an 8-8 record, marking the third consecutive year the team missed the postseason. Despite the team’s mediocre record, Trestman's first year in Chicago evoked plenty of optimism about the prospects for the offense.
With Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer running the show, the Bears set multiple single-season franchise records in total net yardage (6,109), gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32) and passer rating (96.9). The Bears also set franchise records in first downs (344), in addition to finishing second in team annals for scoring (445 points) as enigmatic quarterback Jay Cutler produced the best passer rating (89.2) of his career.