Bears hire Trestman, pass over Dennison

Bears hire Trestman, pass over Dennison
January 16, 2013, 11:15 am
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On Wednesday morning, the Bears made it official that they hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as their new head coach to replace Lovie Smith.

Trestman was one of two finalists and three candidates brought back for second interviews, along with Bruce Arians and Darrell Bevell.

Not included with those guys was Texans' offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was one of the many coaches interviewed for the opening.

Dennison didn't want to interfere with his preparation for the New England Patriots, so the Bears' brass met with him in Houston on Friday after team meetings.

Dennison, 54, has said he'd like to be a head coach in the league but it looks like it won't happen this season, even with the high turnover rate of NFL coaches. It looks like Dennison will enter his fourth season as the Texans' offensive coordinator.

“Obviously, it’s a great honor to have somebody inquire about a job of that type,” Dennison said last week.

Dennison would have seemingly been a good fit for the Bears. He was with the Broncos as a coach from 1995-2008. He was the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006-08, when Cutler became the team’s starting quarterback. In 2008, the last season with Cutler as quarterback and Dennison at coordinator, Cutler had his best season as a pro. He threw for over 4,500 yards and 25 touchdown passes on the way to his only Pro Bowl appearance.

“Obviously, I think the world of him," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said last week. "I think his football background speaks for itself. I could sit up here all day long. He’s a leader. He’s a teacher. He’s a class act. I don’t know what else to tell you. I could sit up here for a long time."

Kubiak also said he wasn't asked permission by any other teams to speak with any of his other assistants for coaching vacancies.