Argos’ Marc Trestman a candidate for Seahawks OC job: report

Toronto Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman is a candidate for the offensive coordinator position according to multiple online reports.

The Seahawks fired offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable on Wednesday. Bevell was in charge of calling plays, while Cable was responsible for a run game and offensive line that failed to meet expectations.

Trestman, who won the Grey Cup in his first season as Toronto’s head coach, is among several candidates the Seahawks are considering, according to the Seattle Times.

“… he also has extensive NFL coaching experience, including as head coach of the Bears in 2013-14 and 12 years as an offensive coordinator with the Ravens, Raiders, Browns, 49ers and Cardinals. He also has some connections with Carroll as each was an assistant with the Vikings in 1985-86 while Trestman was the OC with the 49ers in 1995-96 while Carroll was the DC with the 49ers. Trestman was also the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State in 2005-06, helping recruit Russell Wilson.”

The paper lists several other possible candidates, including Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, former Panthers OC Mike Shula and former Bears OC Mike McCoy.

Losing Trestman at this juncture would be devastating for the Argos, given that most CFL teams have filled their coaching staffs (not to mention the fact that Trestman is really good.)

That said, the Argos didn’t hire Trestman and general manager Jim Popp until February last year and won the Grey Cup, so…


42 Comments on Argos’ Marc Trestman a candidate for Seahawks OC job: report

  1. His post CFL career after Montreal as an NFL coach was a fail. I hope he stays as he knows how to win in the CFL. Unlike the NFL.

    • Christopher // January 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm //

      It was with the Bears… the only worse team was the Browns… hard to blame any coach for that mess…

    • After all his acceptance speeches, this would just be unprofessional to accept. If he asked permission to interview this makes him look bad already.
      He has made some bad moves as Argo coach already…ie going with Matthews over Fajardo early in season, putting McLeod. Bethel-Thompson ahead of Fajardo also

  2. RiderPrider77 // January 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm //

    Surprised he was given permission to interview. Would likely just be a small bump in salary, no? And while he’s certainly been-there-done-that as a CFL head coach, you can say the same about him being an NFL OC. Hope he stays–certainly more job security as HC of the Argos and reigning champion.

    • I hope he stays too but remember, his “Fail” in the NFL was as a HC not as an OC.

    • Jeff Hill // January 10, 2018 at 9:19 pm //

      Who wouldn’t want him. He comes in late as HC, doesn’t know too many players, sets up a plan, gets Everyone on board with that plan, and Wins A Grey Cup!! One heck of a resume Plus!! Still, Don’t want to lose him!! Way too good, and works Great with this team!!

    • Tiger man // January 11, 2018 at 8:27 am //

      It’s not just the money, but the prestige of the NFL, and where success with that job could lead to….

    • Probably a big jump in pay!!
      At least $600k US or around $800k Canadian, with a much lower income tax rate in that tax bracket and a lower cost of living.
      Toronto is one of the most expensive cities in North America

    • Where does it say he was given permission to interview?

      Did you read the article or just the comments?

  3. Tom calder // January 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm //

    Coaching the superb russel Wilson, his relationship with Pete caroll and nfl money must be tempting,but cfl offers success and stability he hasn’t had recently in nfl.(bears, ravens), plus his partnership with popp

    • Tiger man // January 11, 2018 at 8:28 am //

      NO coaching job offers stability!!!!

      • ivan Diablo // January 11, 2018 at 8:40 am //

        if trestman moves to the seahawks of the NFL and with his recent record of taking the last place argos last year to win the grey cup this year, the seahawks almost winning a superbowl – down to last play – will be expecting next to a miracle, probably a superbowl victory within 2 yrs

  4. Feeling Blue // January 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    No please don’t go.

  5. ivan Diablo // January 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm //

    big bad blow to argos if he leaves ….

  6. Nooooooooo!! Seahawks,PLEASE take anyone but Trestman!

  7. I dont think he is going anywhere unless the Seahawks will pay him 2 million a year?

  8. He’s earned the right to move… can’t hold that against him… that being said, I hope he doesn’t go! We need him back in TO!

    • ivan Diablo // January 10, 2018 at 9:23 pm //

      i hope he spends at least 3 yr in toronto and help rebuild the dynasty

      • Did they ever have a dynasty??

        They need to somehow build a fanbase, 13,000 average !!!!
        Maybe Tressman is looking at his future and not waiting around for MLSE to pull the plug after another 13k average attendance

        • Michael Kulyk // January 15, 2018 at 6:18 pm //

          2 grey cups in 6 yrs is not bad tho’
          maybe ‘rebuild’ is the wrong word
          argos do need to get more fans but i think skydome is a much better venue but argos did get screwed over by jays
          50k fans , which i think is easy for the argos, is a lot more than attendance at bmo field

          • 1982 Argos last to first under Bob OB, went to Grey cup lost to Edm. Right back in Grey Cup game 1983, this time won it… dynasty?

          • Michael Kulyk // January 15, 2018 at 10:31 pm //

            someting to think about;

            Grey Cup appearances, active teams[48]
            Team Wins Losses Total Last Won
            Argos 17 6 23 2017
            Eskimos 14 9 23 2015
            Bombers 10 14 24 1990
            Ti-Cats 8 12 20 1999
            Stamps 7 9 16 2014
            Alouettes 7 11 18 2010
            BC 6 4 10 2011
            Sask 4 15 19 2013
            Redblacks 1 1 2 2016

          • Michael Kulyk // January 15, 2018 at 10:43 pm //

            someting to think about;

            Grey Cup appearances, active teams

            Team Wins Losses Total Last Won

  9. Don’t worry, Popp can just step in! Kidding, CFL is better with him in the league.

  10. I believe he and Popp signed multi year contracts. How is it that he can step away. I think the Hufnagel scenario is the way for the Argos to go wherein they give him a small ownership stake in the team and hefty salary. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe his package was over $700k a year.

    All these inquiries into players and personnel bodes well on the CFL and our money ball style of recruiting rising players is noticed. It shows the CFL is growing and being more recognized.

  11. I thought this article was about the Argos HC not Jones. Byron I agree with your last post. In a private team a owner ship stake could work well.

  12. Ticats fan // January 10, 2018 at 10:40 pm //

    He didn’t win the Grey Cup with his coaching the Stumps lost the Cup. Just saying

  13. Trestman got fired in Baltimore because he didn’t throw deep enough. Owners mad because spent money on receivers if look at stats. Flaco career best yards and completions. Should never been fired.

  14. Huge loss for Argos if he goes..

  15. The Iceman // January 11, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    Love to see him as Seattle OC.
    Love to see Argos hire ex Baylor coach or some failed CFL hack unemplted at this time of year. This would also probably push Ray into retirement.

  16. ivan Diablo // January 11, 2018 at 8:44 am //

    great way for ricky ray to retire – with a GC victory in his last yr – i don’t know if his 38 tr old body can take another yr – CFL needs a mobile QB at pivot

    • Argos have a great one right under their noses, all they have to do is look. His name is Cody Fajardo

      • ivan Diablo // January 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm //

        EXACTLY !! cody is a big young guy, can run well, and throws ok – but he can learn !
        i love the idea of a QB holding for FGs – for fakes and bad snaps!

  17. Even a OC job in the NFL will pay substantially more than the highest paid HC/GM in the CFL. In the millions for the right guy. Gets back to what the commish is trying to do. Clubs have to find better way to generate substantially more income in every way possible. If its not about the $$$ or trying to prove himself again in a NFL position Trestman should stay where he is at. Highest paid HC in the league, security for the most part and does not have to give his LIFE to the NFL 12 months a year.

  18. Clay Connor // January 11, 2018 at 11:12 pm //

    I read the article in the Seattle Times. Marc Trestman was one of a number of names “circulating in the rumor mill”. No confirmation that he or anyone else has been approached to interview for the job

  19. Brian Schottenheimer hired by the Seahawks as OC.

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