Monday, January 14, 2013
Bears: Trestman? Bevell? Arians?
By Kevin Seifert
Yes indeed: The Chicago Bears have moved to the second round of their coast-to-coast coaching search.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen have identified two of the finalists: Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday evening that Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a finalist as well. It's not known if the Bears have cut the list off there or if other candidates will join that trio in getting second interviews this week.
As we've been discussing for some time, it's clear that general manager Phil Emery has been focused on offensive-minded coaches and wasn't looking to make a so-called splashy hire.
Of the 13 known candidates, Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Mike Singletary is the only one with a defensive background. With defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli still under contract, you wonder if Emery has been offering candidates the opportunity to retain him and/or the rest of the Bears' current defensive staff.
Arians is the only member of the group with NFL head coaching experience, having served as the Colts' interim coach this season while Chuck Pagano fought leukemia. He is 60, while Trestman will turn 57 on Tuesday. Bevell is 43.
Trestman's candidacy is by far the most intriguing. His started his coaching career in 1981 while studying to get a law degree at the University of Miami. During his time as an NFL assistant, Trestman gained a reputation as a quarterback guru -- tutoring current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during predraft workouts -- and an innovative playcaller. But his career stalled in 2008, and after accepting the Alouettes' offer to be their head coach, he has won two Grey Cup championships.
I've wondered how hiring Trestman might play in Chicago, the country's second-biggest NFL market. But I've spoken to a few people who know Emery, and they don't think that public reaction -- good, bad or indifferent -- would impact his thought process at all. We could find out his final decision in a matter of days. Stay tuned.