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#Alouettes GM Jim Popp compares Marc Trestman to #Bears to college coach making jump to NFL level.
“Put it this way, Marc was a coordinator in the NFL for a lot of years,” Popp told me tonight in a phone interview. “I gave him an opportunity to be a head coach. A lot of guys want to be head coaches. Some leave the NFL to go to NCAA schools and then once they’ve proven themselves all of a sudden those college coaches are the hot commodity to be an NFL coach. It’s no different. Coach Trestman has run a professional team as a head coach for five years. He’s had a winning record for five years. He’s very articulate and he’s very organized – he’s one of the most organized people I’ve been around. He is well spoken. He is very good at speaking to the team. These are things that came out in the interviews when I was trying to figure out what the next best thing for our club was. He’s got that organizational skill set and I don’t doubt one bit that with his experience in the NFL he would be able to put together a great coaching staff together. He’s proven himself as a head coach at a professional level. You can call it what you want but on-hand training as a head coach and proof goes a long way, goes a real long way. You can’t replace that.”
Trestman is one of three finalists for the #Bears job. We’ll see how this shakes out in the next 48 to 72 hours.