Trestman is a choice out of left field, but here's what we do know about him:
- It's not like he doesn't have NFL experience. He had nine different stops as an NFL assistant from 1985 to 2004. He's most well known as the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders during Rich Gannon's MVP season that ended in a Super Bowl loss. Of course, Jon Gruden got a lot of the credit for establishing that offense.
- Trestman won two CFL titles and made the championship game three times in five years.
- NFL notables like Gannon, Jerry Rice and Gruden swear by Trestman. Even the late Bill Walsh had a testimonial for Trestman. Trestman is one of those guys who doesn't get a lot of media attention but is very well respected inside of football.
This is Emery's first hire as a GM. It's such a bold choice, it might be Emery's last hire. (Whether it works or not.) Emery was looking for a man to maximize Jay Cutler's great talent during the quarterback's prime.
After a long, thorough search, Trestman got the nod. It's the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. It's a bold hire that will define Emery's career, too.