"I'm proud to introduce the new head coach of the Bears Marc Trestman," announced Bears GM Phil Emery. With that the Trestman era was underway.
It was clear that Trestman isn't the type of guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve. He's not likely to go into any rants or deliver a Knute Rockne type speech. But he is passionate about the game. And at age 57 he wants to win now.
"I do feel the passion. I do feel the sense of urgency and man do I feel the commitment to win," said Trestman in front of a packed auditorium of media.
Trestman is a guy who will try to blend the history and tradition of Bears football with a modern day ways of running an NFL team.
"The Chicago Bears are unquestionably the most loved and storied franchise in the NFL," said Trestman.
Several times during the press conference Trestman used the phrase 'science of football.' That's something we didn't hear from the previous 13 Bears head coaches. Probably because Trestman views himself as more of a professor of football than simply a head coach.
"I just want to be a great teacher. I want to have power leadership with our coaching staff and our players. I want to have everyone in the locker room maximize their crafts."
GM Phil Emery says Trestman's quiet confidence appealed to him. And he's not concerned that Trestman has been out of the NFL for the last eight years. Emery says Trestman's two Grey Cup Championships in the CFL tells him that Trestman is head coach material.
"Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor. He's a tough-minded and football oriented as anyone I've been around in 31 years in this game," says Emery.
Trestman says he's a hands on guy so he'll do all of the play-calling. He wouldn't be specific about his offensive schemes or philosophy. He simply says he'll be flexible based on the abilites of his players. Whatever it takes to win a Super Bowl Championship.
"We're going to put together a team that the city of Chicago and its fan base will be very, very proud of," said Trestman.