Marc Trestman

Marc Trestman

Former NFL and CFL Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator

Marc Trestman is a former NFL, U.S. college and Canadian Football League coach. Trestman was a Grey Cup winner in the CFL in 2009, 2010, and 2017, and was CFL Coach of the Year in two of those seasons. Trestman also was head coach of the Chicago Bears.

 

Trestman got his coaching start in 1981 as a volunteer for the University of Miami. The Hurricanes won the national championship in 1983 when he was quarterbacks coach. 

 

He transitioned to the NFL as running backs coach for the Vikings in 1985. Trestman went on to serve as an offensive coach for the Buccaneers, Browns, Vikings, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, and Dolphins. After serving as the assistant head coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2004, Trestman returned to the college game and was North Carolina State’s offensive coordinator in 2005-2006. He was a consultant for the Saints in 2007, then it was on to the CFL.

 

Indeed, Trestman’s biggest successes came in the CFL as the head coach for Montreal and Toronto. He was also head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL.

 

Trestman returned to the NFL in 2013 as head coach of the Bears, and in his first season the  offense broke team records in total yards (6,109), passing yards (4,450), and passing touchdowns (32). 

 

He was a quarterback for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, as a backup for Tony Dungy, later transferring to Minnesota State-Moorhead. Trestman attended training camp with the Vikings in 1979 and 1980 as a defensive back; he grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Saint Louis Park High School in 1974. 

Trestman has released a book called “Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.” He currently works as a professor at the University of Miami School of Law as well as an online sports-career trainer, and as a quarterbacks coach. He frequently contributes to The 33rd Team.

Analysis

Five Ways Russell Wilson Makes the Broncos Better

With the acquisition of Russell Wilson, the Denver Broncos will immediately have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and one of the most well-rounded teams overall. Their defense has had vital pieces for a while, and now Denver finally has an elite quarterback who can lead the way and get the ball to their talented receiver […]

Breakdowns

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos Offense Will Be One of NFL’s Best

The Denver Broncos offense is about to become one of the best in the league, very quickly. Consequently, the defense is in a place and has its leaders to set the tone. With the front office and staff now working in sync, this team can go places. The acquisition of Russell Wilson will have Denver […]

Play Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: A Great Stafford Read Against Former Team

Today on Coordinator’s Corner, I am going to break down a Matthew Stafford read play against his old team. In this series, I break down some of the best plays and designs from the previous football week and help you to understand why players and coaches come to the decisions they due with different play […]

QB Hub

Coordinator’s Corner: Matt Stafford Arm Angle Wizardry

This play is a great example of why professional football is the greatest game going and why the 40 seconds from whistle to snap truly matter. The Rams are lined up in an empty set with a bunch to the left and Darrell Henderson on the bottom of the screen outside of Jefferson. On the […]

Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: Cooper Kupp’s Bunch TD vs NYG

In the formation, Matthew Stafford has a bunch to the right with Van Jefferson inside at the point and Cooper Kupp inside. You can see what’s going with the Giants’ defense as the corner comes over to cover Jefferson at the point. He’s pointing at Jefferson to tell the guys around him that regardless of […]

Play Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: Rams Bunch Formation Versus the Giants

Longtime coordinator and former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman joins The 33rd Team for another installment of Coordinator’s Corner to break down the Rams bunch formation usage. In this series, Trestman breaks down some of the best plays and designs from the previous football week. Trestman was the Chicago Bears’ head coach for two […]

Play Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: Raiders Touchdown Pass to Kenyan Drake

Today on Coordinator’s Corner, I am going to break down a Las Vegas Raiders touchdown pass from Derek Carr. In this series, I break down some of the best plays and designs from the previous football week. The goal is to help you to understand why players and coaches come to the decisions they did […]