Trestman denies Bears have hired him

January, 11, 2013
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Despite three interviews set for the Chicago Bears over the weekend, Fox analyst and former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson tweeted Friday that it "looks like" the team was going to hire Marc Trestman as head coach.

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Johnson wrote on his Twitter account: "Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs..Chud Cleveland and my QB coach a U Trestman to Chicago."

By Friday afternoon Johnson tried to clarify with another tweet: "I tweeted this morning "It LOOKS like 2 of my guys were getting NFL jobs not that Trestman got it!"

In an email sent to montrealgazette.com late Friday morning, Trestman wrote: "I have not heard from the Bears and have responded in that manner on multiple levels. Thanks."

A spokesman text messaged earlier in the week that the team isn't "confirming/denying" anything with regards to its coaching search. An NFL source, meanwhile, said the Bears are continuing to interview candidates, adding that "you know Phil, he would not show his cards to anyone."

Trestman worked for Johnson at the University of Miami as quarterbacks coach (1981-84) and has spent the past five seasons as head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, coaching the club to three Grey Cup appearances, including two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, in addition to being named CFL Coach of the Year (2009).

The Cleveland Browns hired Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as head coach on Thursday. He played for Johnson at the University of Miami.

Emery continued the Bears' interview process Thursday, meeting with Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, and will interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on Friday, according to sources.

Emery plans to meet with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Saturday, before concluding the latest batch of interviews Sunday with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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