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Trestman eager to work with underachieving Cutler

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Marc Trestman insisted he has one of the best jobs in sports now that he is the Chicago Bears' head coach, and he can't wait to work with quarterback Jay Cutler.

He also emphasized the sense of urgency.

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"This is clearly a franchise that has the highest expectations for its team, where winning consistently is a standard," Trestman said Thursday at his introductory news conference.

He sees a big opportunity in working with Cutler, a strong-armed and mobile quarterback whose talent has never been in question even as the results haven't always reflected that.

"I can't wait to get my hands on him," he said.

Getting the most out of Cutler would go a long way toward invigorating a stagnant offence and getting the Bears to the playoffs on a consistent basis after they missed the post-season for the fifth time in six years. Those issues led to Lovie Smith's firing, and the Bears turned to Trestman this week after an extensive search.

He spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, leading them to two championships, and was a longtime NFL assistant who was known for his work with quarterbacks.

"Marc has a quietness to him, a quiet confidence, high level of intellect, those are attractive qualities," general manager Phil Emery said. "The thing that was most remarkable that came out of his interviews and when discussing to people who Marc is was there is a heck of a football coach under all that quietness and confidence and intellect. Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor."

Emery confirmed Trestman beat out offensive co-ordinators Bruce Arians of Indianapolis and Seattle's Darrell Bevell for the job. All three were brought back for second interviews.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2013 C4

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