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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Trestman to call plays with Bears

By ESPNChicago.com

New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said during his introductory news conference on Thursday that he will call the offensive plays.

"I will be working with (new assistant head coach/offensive coordinator) Aaron (Kromer) and our staff in a cooperative manner during the week so there's accountability and empowerment with our coaching staff that we're all prepared to play this game on the offensive side as we will on defense and special teams as well," Trestman said.

"But the ultimate buck passes through my shoulders. I will be calling the plays to Jay (Cutler) in the headsets each and every day. And I would say that I am calling the plays with the help and confidence and cooperation of Aaron and our staff."

A 17-year NFL coaching veteran with much of that spent as an offensive coordinator, Trestman called plays during the last five years as head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

"Over the five years that I was on the staff in Canada I worked this way, I've experienced this. I don't see any difference in the process," Trestman said. "The fact of the matter is I love calling plays. I love ball, and I want to be hands on coaching football.

"And because I get to stand in these shoes, as long as (general manager) Phil (Emery) lets me and ownership lets me, I get to do that. And I'm going to do that only if it's in the best interest of the team."