Hartman: Trestman learned much from Grant

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 13, 2013 - 6:13 PM

The new Bears coach got his pro coaching start from the Vikings legend, then got a big break from the 49ers.

What some people don’t realize about the career of new Bears coach Marc Trestman, who will lead the team against the Vikings in Chicago on Sunday, is that the former Gophers and Moorhead State quarterback was retired from coaching when he left the Vikings staff at the end of the 1991 season. Then-49ers coach George Seifert convinced him to come back and be his offensive coordinator for the 1995-1996 season.

Trestman was in the financial advising business in Miami at the time. Having known him even before his high school playing days at St. Louis Park, I was one of many friends who tried to talk Trestman out of going back into coaching.

“I never thought about getting back into football,” he said. “I made my mind up that I was going to change the way I was going to live my life and raise my kids and I was really geared towards trying to build a business and be a better husband and a better father.

“It just kind of came to me. I didn’t try to go get it. A sequence of events took place and all of a sudden I was in San Francisco and I couldn’t really answer how it happened, because I didn’t try to make it happen. But I’m certainly grateful that it did.”

Trestman was on the Vikings staff two different times, as running backs coach during the 1985-86 season under Bud Grant and as quarterbacks coach in 1990-91 under Jerry Burns. Both Grant and Burns told me many times that they had never encountered a young coach with a greater football mind than Trestman, who talked about how much Grant helped him launch his pro coaching career after he had only coached college football at Miami from 1981-84.

“Obviously I had a chance to be in training camp a couple of times and experience how [Grant] coached and how he worked,” Trestman said. “Then to be able to go coach for him, he certainly saw something in me that, at that age, I didn’t see in myself. I just trusted him and learned so much by working with him and for him.”

So how does Trestman feel about getting to be an NFL head coach with the Bears and going up against his hometown team in a great rivalry game?

“Over the years I’ve had a chance to play against them many times, and certainly it is going to be great playing them here on Sunday, no doubt about it,” he said. “It’s still about our football team and getting better as a football team and playing a great opponent. We’re excited about it here.”

Trestman was head coach of the Montreal Alouettes from 2008-2012, winning the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010, before being hired by the Bears in January. Overall he is in his 29th year of coaching, 18 of them in the NFL.

Trestman said his new position doesn’t necessarily feel different from other stints in his career.

“I understand how expansive it is, or the perspective of being a head coach, and I’m appreciative of it,” he said. “But what I really try to do is just work every day and stay focused on the job that I have to help the team. I really haven’t gotten caught up in the wide spectrum and visibility of the position. I’m just working here every day to do my administrative and football stuff and continue to serve the guys and get them in position to have success.”

Believe me, having been around him a great deal over the years, no coach in college or the NFL gets more respect from other coaches than Trestman. The Bears are lucky to have him, because he will be a winner.

Tough injury loss for U

The torn ACL suffered by Gophers junior cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun against New Mexico State on Saturday that put him out for rest of the football season could be a big blow to the strength of the team’s pass defense.

Coach Jerry Kill said Boddy-Calhoun’s loss is serious because “he probably was playing at the highest level of any defensive back except Brock Vereen. He is a great kid and it’s hard to see something like that happen, but that is part of the game. The positive part is we are talking and he will get another year back or should, so he will have two more years, but it is certainly a blow.”

What might help the Gophers’ passing game against Western Illinois on Saturday is the return to action of wide receiver Jamel Harbison, who was one of the best receivers on the team until he tore an ACL against UNLV in the first game last season.

Western Illinois is 2-0, but the opposition has been Hampton and Quincy. No one is saying the team, coached by former Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs mentor Bob Nielson, has beat any type of power program, but the Leathernecks have allowed only 15 points in two games and forced 10 turnovers.

Jottings

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 1
San Francisco - WP: T. Hudson 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 3
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 5
Chicago WSox - LP: D. Webb 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Robertson 4
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly 8 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Stroman 0
Atlanta - WP: D. Hale 3 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: M. Parra 1
Seattle - WP: D. Leone 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: K. Uehara 3
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6 FINAL
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 8 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: Y. Gallardo 3
Detroit - LP: R. Ray 6 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly 20
Miami 13 Bottom 9th Inning
Colorado 5
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 1 FINAL
Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter 5
LA Angels 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Oakland 4
NY Mets 1 Top 8th Inning
Los Angeles 5
Carolina 7 FINAL
New England 30
NY Giants 35 FINAL
NY Jets 24
Jacksonville 12 FINAL
Detroit 13
Oakland 21 FINAL
Green Bay 31
Chicago 0 3rd Qtr 2:44
Seattle 31
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
UCF 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Penn State
Real Salt Lake 1 FINAL
FC Dallas 2
Montreal 16 FINAL
Winnipeg 24
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Chicago 80 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Los Angeles 72 FINAL
Phoenix 75
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who would you rather have on your team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close