Trestman says goodbye
Marc Trestman spoke to the media this afternoon for the first time since becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears. The 57-year old said he can't wait to get his hands on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who has struggled since coming to the team in 2009.
Trestman, who led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships over the 5 years he spent in Montreal, was asked to compare Cutler to Alouettes quarterbakc Anthony Calvillo.
“Jay is in a different place in his career than Anthony was when I got there. Anthony had played longer. But the similarities are that Jay right now feels a little bit of his mortality. He knows time is running out. He knows he hasn’t been the best he can be and he’s starting to feel what Anthony Calvillo felt every day for the last five years is that today i’ve got to be the best quarterback in the CFL and i’m going to do everything I can to be that guy.”
And although he says he's excited to attempt to turn things around in Chicago, a team which failed to make the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, he says it's tough to say goodbye to Montreal.
“The fans of the Alouettes, the province of Quebec and certainly the love and affection that I have for Bob (Wettenhall) and Jim (Popp) and our players and certainly AC, this was not an easy separation. But i’m very very happy to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears.”