NFL analyst: Bears hiring Trestman as head coach

Chicago Tribune sports reporter Brad Biggs discusses the rumors surrounding the Bears hiring Marc Trestman. (Posted: January 11, 2013).

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has at least three interviews scheduled for this weekend but Jimmy Johnson strongly implies a choice has been made for the next head coach of the team.

According to the Fox analyst and former coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, Marc Trestman will be the next head coach of the Bears. That is what Johnson wrote early this morning on his personal Twitter account.

Trestman later Friday denied the rumor in an email to the Montreal Gazette. "I have not heard from the Bears and have responded in that manner on multiple levels,” Trestman wrote.

A Bears spokesman declined comment, saying the team would maintain the policy it adopted when the coaching search process began.

Johnson employed Trestman before as a quarterbacks coach when he was he head coach at the University of Miami.

“Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs ... Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Johnson has not explained the situation any further. Trestman is currently the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL. He last worked in the NFL in 2004 with the Dolphins. The Alouettes have won two Grey Cup titles under Trestman, who had also interviewed for the head job with the Browns that went to Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski on Thursday night.

Emery was in Green Bay on Thursday night where he interviewed Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements. It is believed Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will be interviewed today. Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is scheduled to be interviewed on Saturday in Atlanta. Emery is scheduled to interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Sunday.

Now, Johnson did not specify Trestman was specifically coming to the Bears as head coach. It is possible he could be considered for another role but Emery is on the road looking for the team’s next head coach, not in an effort to hire the offensive coordinator for his next coach.
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