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CFL coach Marc Trestman to interview for Bears job

Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman holding up Grey Cup 2010 is considered quarterback guru. | Ryan Remiorz~AP

Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, holding up the Grey Cup in 2010, is considered a quarterback guru. | Ryan Remiorz~AP

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Updated: January 6, 2013 11:03AM

The Sun-Times has confirmed reports that long-time NFL quarterback guru Marc Trestman, currently the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, will interview for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy.

In five years under Trestman, 56, the Alouettes have won two Grey Cups (2009, 2010) and played in three. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo was named the CFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2009 and 2010.

But Trestman earned most of his reputation working with quarterbacks in the U.S. He was hired for his first coaching job at the University of Miami in 1981 when he was a law school student and became the quarterbacks coach in 1983, when Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes to Miami’s first national championship. He also has worked with Kosar with the Cleveland Browns (1988-89), the 49ers’ Steve Young (1995-96) and he was the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2002 when Rich Gannon was the NFL’s MVP.

Trestman also has worked in the offseason preparing quarterbacks for the NFL draft, including Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2006. Trestman also has worked with Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, Tem Tebow and Jimmy Clausen.

Trestman went to the CFL in 2008, where Calvillo has flourished under his tutelage. In 2011, Calvillo led the CFL in passing yards (5,251) and touchdowns (32) while throwing a league-low eight interceptions. Last season at 40, Calvillo was second in passing yards (5,082) and touchdowns (31) behind former Bears quarterback Henry Burris.

Trestman has always had a great reputation among football coaches. He has been hired by Howard Schnellenberger, Jon Gruden, George Seifert and Bud Grant among others. Like Phil Emery, he has a varied resume in his professional career and has parlayed that experience into a career as a leadership speaker.

He wrote a book, ‘’Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork’’ in 2010. ‘’I am not in the football business. I am in the people business,’’ he wrote. ‘’The best leaders are those who care about those they lead.’’

Like many other candidates for the Bears coaching job, Trestman gets rave reviews from those who know him. Trestman’s philosophies seem to fit the profile characteristics Emery is looking for. Among them is being flexible enough to adapt a football system to the current personnel.

‘’He’s one of those guys that you want to go out and lay it on the line for,’’ 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice said in a testimonial for the National Speakers Bureau. ‘’He is totally committed and player are going to want to play for a guy like that.’’

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