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XFL Tampa franchise expected to name Marc Trestman coach

Florida Football Insiders



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Vince McMahon’s reboot of his XFL Spring football league is still making plans to launch for the year 2020. And on Tuesday in Tampa Bay they will be making their latest head coaching announcement for the franchise there.

And, at that time it’s believed that former coach of the Chicago Bears coach and Montreal and Toronto of the CFL, Marc Trestman, will be that selection.

Although he has no real ties to Tampa Bay, Trestman has an extensive background as an offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, as well as, then head coach throughout college, NFL and CFL football.

Trestman was actually a quarterback coach all the way back in the early 1980s for Howard Schnellenberger with the Miami Miami Hurricanes, including tutoring Bernie Kosar and helping them win a National Title. He later moved on to being an NFL assistant, and that included a stop in 1987, as the Buccaneers quarterbacks coach under Ray Perkins.

Trestman rose to prominence in the late 90s and early 2000s is an offensive coordinator with several teams, including helping the Oakland Raiders reach the Super Bowl in 2002, where they lost to the Buccaneers.

Trestman was hired by the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in 2008 and won back-to-back Grey Cups Championships in 2009 – 10 with them. That eventually led to him getting the Bears head coaching job in 2013.

After winning his first two games, and the Bears seemingly a playoff contender with Jay Cutler at quarterback, the team faltered and ended up only 8-8. The following season spiraled downward with Chicago finishing 5-11 and Trestman and GM Phil Emery, who had hired him, were both fired in January of 2015.

Trestman was next hired by the Baltimore Ravens, as offensive coordinator, but was also fired in the middle of the 2016 season by coach John Harbaugh.

In 2017 he was rehired in the CFL by the Toronto Argonauts (photo above) and once again won the Grey Cup Championship in just his first season at the helm. However, in a repeated pattern, the Argonauts floundered badly last season-winning only four games and fired Trestman at season’s end.

The XFL has already named former Oklahoma National Championship coach Bob Stoops, as the coach and general manager of their Dallas franchise. And, they’ve named also former Seattle Seahawks Legend and former Redskins coach, Jim Zorn, as their Seattle inaugural head coach.

In addition to Tampa, Dallas, and Seattle, McMahon’s League intends to also play in Houston, L.A., St. Louis, New York and Washington DC in their first season.

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