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Bears Introduce Marc Trestman As New Head Coach

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    The newly minted 14th head coach of the Chicago Bears talks with deference about an historic organization against whom he's coached in the past. (Published Thursday, Jan 17, 2013)

    Meet the new boss.

    The Chicago Bears on Thursday introduced a passionate Marc Trestman as the 14th coach of the team. 

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    "I do feel the passion, I do feel the urgency, and boy, do I feel the commitment to win," Trestman said.

    Passion and urgency are light years away from the stoic face of former coach Lovie Smith, but similarly to Smith, Trestman appears to be skilled at artfully dodging questions.  

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    Is Jay Cutler a franchise quarterback? Will Brian Urlacher stay with the team? Will the defense transform into a 3-4?

    Trestman deferred on each of them and basically said he'll figure it out. General Manager Phil Emery endorsed that idea. 

    Emery chose the 57-year-old first-time NFL head coach over finalists Darrell Bevell and Bruce Arians precisely because he has an ability to adapt to circumstances, Emery said.

    "Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor. He's as tough-minded as anybody I've been around. That's the kind of guy I want to be in a room with," Emery said. 

    Trestman spoke at length about his desire to maintain a professional relationship between the media and the team and told pretty much every reporter in attendance that they asked a great question. He also posited a desire to build a quality locker room, and to develop relationships with his players and to hire coaches who understand the "science" of football. 

    He could not hide how excited he was to be with the Bears. With a huge smile, he spoke of being a young Vikings fan and watching George Halas' teams play. He said working for the Bears was the best job in the NFL.

    Trestman also voiced confidence in Cutler, if not nominating him as a franchise QB. 

    "I can't wait to get my hands on him," said Trestman, who is credited with molding the games of legends like Bernie Kosar, Steve Young and Rich Gannon. 

    Now the new coach has the monumental task of improving a 10-6 team. He will have to do it without defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, the architect of the Bears' successful defense whom has made a decision to move on from the team, Trestman said. 

    Trestman mentioned urgency several times, hopefully showing his understanding for just how badly Chicago wants a Super Bowl trophy.