By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
RIVER FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Several years ago when Marc Trestman was out of work, Sean Payton came through by having an assist.
For that, the Bears’ trainer is grateful.
There probably won’t become much reminiscing when Chicago assumes New Orleans at Soldier Industry this week, but Trestman did take time to reflect on Thursday.
“No. 1, it was more about a friendship between Sean and myself, ” he or she said.
Trestman had just already been fired after a two-year run since offensive coordinator at North Carolina Condition and was on a sort of sabbatical when he was hired like a consultant to Payton, the Saints’ coach, for the 2007 season.
They weren’t close friends at the time, but they knew each other from symposiums, back when Payton was an assistant in the little league. They had attended symposiums and discussed football over lunch a few times.
Pertaining to Trestman, the consulting job had been “an opportunity to have some dignity inside my career. ”
Five years because the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes and two CFL championships later on, Trestman is leading an NFL team for the first time. And he’s off to a good start with the Has at 3-1.
Chicago is trying to choose itself up after losing in order to Detroit and knock the Saints (4-0) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Bears are tied using the Lions for the NFC North guide. Their offense appears to be a better match for the personnel, even if things happen to be a bit shaky at times, and it appears as if Trestman has connected with quarterback Jay Cutler.
That’s something previous offensive coordinators Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice could hardly do. And it’s a big reason why he is getting this opportunity, even though he or she seemed to vanish from the NFL radar.
Trestman spent several decades coaching at the college and NFL ranges under men such as Bud Grant, Howard Schnellenberger and Bill Walsh.
He developed a reputation like a quarterback guru for his work with Bernie Kosar, Rich Gannon and Steve Young, but by the time he or she took the job with New Orleans, he was in a sort of limbo.
“I had just been let go with N. C. State, I was not doing anything, I was sitting the year out, I had two years left on the contract, ” Trestman said.
“He invited me down and really demonstrated professional respect…. It was a great learning time for me and it was also a great time to watch Sean be a head trainer and see how he worked on a daily basis and see how he handled the particular success and the adversity. ”
Payton called Trestman “a proven winner. ” But he was also a huge question mark.
There was a knock that will Trestman didn’t relate well, did not get along with other assistants, and that explains why he’s a first-time head coach in the NFL at age 57. He seems to be relating just fine right now.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had been quickly sold. The two had never worked together. But when he evaluated with Trestman in January, Tucker realized how alike they were.
“We have very similar trains of thought about the game, how to treat people, what coaching is all about, how to develop soccer teams and players, what is coaching and things like that, ” Tucker said.
A law school graduate with dark-rimmed glasses, Trestman appears and sounds more like an attorney or corporate CEO than most guys carrying a whistle and a clip-board.
His answers are thoughtful and comprehensive. And there’s a quirkiness to your pet. Trestman probably was the first trainer to address the physics subject of “string theory and different dimensions” with Cutler.
“I’m kind of reading a book right now, ” the quarterback mentioned. “I don’t even know what fifty percent the words are in the book, though. We all just kind of kick it close to. ”
Cutler wasn’t sure of the particular book’s title. And he couldn’t actually explain the theory, which has to do with the concept extra dimensions exist.
It’s only one example of Trestman connecting with a participant, one of his most important players.
Backup quarterback Josh McCown mentions the particular lunch room. There’s Trestman pushing in his chair and cleaning up their area and encouraging the players to perform the same.
He just wants gamers to be aware.
“He just makes a point out say that’s a way that you can provide the people around you, ” McCown mentioned. “It’s just a good example of the small things that you can do that maybe assists out somebody that’s working back there in the kitchen, that doesn’t have time to wipe up after you. The cool thing is there’s never something that’s mandated. It’s `hey guys, think about doing it this way; think about doing it that way. “‘
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