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Can Marc Trestman open NFL door for more CFL coaches?

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09:50 AM ET 08.25 | All eyes will be on Marc Trestman in his first season as an NFL coach, from both sides of the border. The more success Trestman has, making the transformation from the CFL to the NFL, the more it will open the eyes of the traditionally close-minded NFL executives. For years, legendary CFL coaches like Wally Buono and Don Matthews were ignored by the NFL, especially after Hugh Campbell bombed out in Houston. But now, it's a little different. Trestman was a longtime NFL assistant coach who lost his way in the pro game before coming to Montreal. With the Alouettes, all he did was win, and there was something calm and intelligent and professional about his teams. Now, the better Trestman does, the more opportunity there might be for a Scott Milanovich down the road.

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August 25, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Why not? Trestman coached the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships. It shouldn't matter if it was CFL or NFL... he's shown that he can judge talent, put together a team, and win. Good coaching speaks for itself.

August 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Why not? The NFL doesn't innovate they simply adopt innovations from the college game. Why not adopt from the CFL as well?

August 25, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why not? The NFL doesn't innovate they simply adopt innovations from the college game. Why not adopt from the CFL as well?

The NFL needs the rouge. lol

August 25, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Does anyone remember Bud Grant, Coach of the Vikes? He was also brought in from the CFL and had a good NFL coaching career.

August 25, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Does anyone remember Bud Grant, Coach of the Vikes? He was also brought in from the CFL and had a good NFL coaching career.

First thought that came to my mind too...

August 25, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Does anyone remember Bud Grant, Coach of the Vikes? He was also brought in from the CFL and had a good NFL coaching career.

Was he "brought in," or did he just get lost in a snowstorm in Saskatchewan and wander blindly into Minnesota?

August 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET

It's a copycat league. If Trestman is successful, other CFL coaches could get the call.

August 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Does anyone remember Bud Grant, Coach of the Vikes? He was also brought in from the CFL and had a good NFL coaching career.

And he brought Joe Kapp with him. Bud still has an office in Minny's headquarters.

August 25, 2013  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Was he "brought in," or did he just get lost in a snowstorm in Saskatchewan and wander blindly into Minnesota?

Actually came from Manitoba but for 'comedic license' we'll give you Saskatchewan. :-)

August 25, 2013  11:27 AM ET

DD needs all the "licenses" available

August 25, 2013  11:43 AM ET

In 2004, Red McCombs wanted Bud to return to coaching to replace Mike Tice. At that point Bud was 77 years old. Apparently it does not make a difference where someone coached but the qualities they possess. Plus, it would have been cool to see Bud on the field riding a "Little Rascal" scooter.

August 25, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

DD needs all the "licenses" available

I have a fish license for my pet halibut, "Eric."

August 25, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I have a fish license for my pet halibut, "Eric."

I thought Eric had been eaten by your pet cat, Eric?

August 25, 2013  12:35 PM ET

Wally Buono who coached many CFL teams, and is now g.m. for the BC Lions is, I believe, second only to Shula in football wins with 254. Just in case that interests anyone. I say he gets in the hall of fame before Hester haha

August 25, 2013  12:37 PM ET

Lots of great stuff to be taken from the CFL.

August 25, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Well Dan hawkins is in Montreal, and while he was good at boise. Colorado didnt do him any favors. Guess you should go with best qb not your son next time dan.

August 25, 2013  01:01 PM ET

OOOPs my bad hawkins has been fired. lol

August 25, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I thought Eric had been eaten by your pet cat, Eric?

I thought so too, until Eric (the cat) burped.

August 25, 2013  05:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Was he "brought in," or did he just get lost in a snowstorm in Saskatchewan and wander blindly into Minnesota?

Wandered in from Superior, Wisconsin. Friggin' cheesehead.

All kidding aside, he played in the NBA for the Lakers and the NFL for the Eagles. Only went to Canada because he thought he was getting a raw deal in the US (he's notoriously greedy).

 
August 25, 2013  09:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why not? Trestman coached the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships. It shouldn't matter if it was CFL or NFL... he's shown that he can judge talent, put together a team, and win. Good coaching speaks for itself.

No. For every one hundred CFL coaches there is only one or two Marc Trestmans. Marc is uniquely qualified to make the transition to the NFL only because he's worked in the NFL in various capacities. Most CFL coaches don't have that experience and would be clueless. There is no co-relation between the CFL game and the NFL game. Two entirely different animals. BTW, the jury's still out on Trestman. I like his work ethic though. I wish him and the Bears well.

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