Losing Scott Milanovich was a big blow, but Marc Trestman is the right choice to start the recovery process for the Toronto Argonauts.
It was tough to envision the Toronto Argonauts bouncing back from the loss of Scott Milanovich. And yet, they may be set to do just that, courtesy of Marc Trestman.
As reported by the Toronto Sun‘s Frank Zicarelli, speculation is rife that Trestman will be the Argonauts’ next head coach. Nothing is official at this stage, but if this comes to fruition, the Double Blue will be well-placed to recover from the nightmare of the 2016 season.
Understandably, some critics may question how effective the 61-year old will be. After all, it’s been more than four years since he coached in the CFL.
Regardless, there is no denying the success Trestman achieved, during five seasons as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. This success included two Grey Cup championships, four East Division titles and an overall record of 64-34.
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The addition of the Minneapolis, Minnesota native could prove to be particularly beneficial to the offence, given that this is his forte. He was largely responsible for helping Anthony Calvillo win two CFL MOP awards, to reinforce his Hall of Fame credentials.
Of course, some people may claim it’s not hard to be productive with someone such as Calvillo under centre. However, Trestman was able to translate this productivity to the NFL.
Trestman was particularly successful during his first season as head coach of the Chicago Bears. During the 2013 campaign, the Bears scored the second-most points in the NFL, while also setting franchise records for total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season.
Assuming the 2009 CFL Coach of the Year agrees to come to Toronto, he will likely be reunited with Jim Popp. In fact, Zicarelli writes that one of the main reasons the Argos want Popp as their general manager, is to help attract Trestman, who has little interest in personnel decisions.
Of course, there are no guarantees that Trestman and Popp will replicate the success they enjoyed together in Montreal. However, after everything the Argonauts organization went through during 2016, it’s tough to argue with reforming what was an extremely effective partnership.
What’s your take on the possibility of Trestman taking over as Argos’ head coach? Are you on board with the move or against it, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section.