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By Tony Grossi
The next phase of the Browns' head coach search will include an interview with Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, but it will not take place Monday in Chicago as previously reported.
Trestman is interviewing Monday with the Chicago Bears. A meeting with the Browns has not been finalized.
Trestman, 56, has a long history with former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar. He was Howard Schnellenberger’s quarterbacks coach at University of Miami when Kosar took the Hurricanes to a shocking NCAA championship in the 1983 season. Trestman later rejoined Kosar as Browns QB coach in 1988 and offensive coordinator in 1989.
But Trestman has long since stepped out of Kosar’s shadow and written quite a coaching resume for himself.
His other NFL jobs as an assistant coach include stints at Minnesota (1985-86 and 1990-91), Tampa Bay (1987), San Francisco (1995-96), Detroit (1997), Arizona (1998-2000), Oakland (2001-03) and Miami (2004).
Along the way, Trestman became a student of the West Coast offense and operated that system under Bill Callahan at Oakland to help the Raiders to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. He was coordinator and QB coach of the team when Rich Gannon was named league MVP.
Trestman, who earned a law degree at Miami, had a few lapses out of coaching, but couldn’t get it out of his system. He returned to the college ranks as offensive coordinator at North Carolina State in 2005-06, and then resurfaced in the Canadian Football League as coach of the Alouettes in 2008.
His team appeared in the Grey Cup his first year, and then won the CFL championship the next two years. Overall, Montreal is 64-34 in Trestman’s five seasons. He is under contract through 2016 but would not have a problem leaving for an NFL job.
In recent years, Trestman has doubled as a personal tutor for quarterbacks preparing for the NFL combine and pro day and personal workouts for prospective teams. He worked with Brandon Weeden last year and also Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen prior to their drafts.
Trestman was interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts head coach vacancy last year. The Colts chose Chuck Pagano and paired him with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
The Browns intend to interview Arians, too, but that interview was delayed when Arians was hospitalized on Sunday after he experienced unexplained dizziness. Arians was unavailable to coach in the Colts’ 24-9 playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
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