First, very early Wednesday morning, the Bears announced they have hired Marc Trestman as head coach. Trestman has spent the past five years as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, winning 2 Grey Cup titles.
Trestman, 57, had been an offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach for 8 different NFL teams (including 2 stints with the Minnesota Vikings) from 1985-2004. He gives the Bears the offensive-minded coach they were looking for after firing Lovie Smith following this past regular season.
The Bears news was overshadowed later on Wednesday morning with the news that the Eagles have hired Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon as their new head man.
In four seasons as the Ducks' head coach, Kelly, 49, amassed an impressive 46-7 record, leading Oregon to BCS bowls every year. His fast-paced, no-huddle, spread offense took college football by storm, and speculation had increased over the past two years that Kelly would be interested in the jump to the NFL. He turned down an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last off-season.
The news comes a little over a week after Kelly had reportedly turned down the Eagles to return to Oregon.