Marc Trestman is set to be named head coach of the Tampa Bay franchise in the XFL.
— Thomas Bassinger (@tometrics) March 2, 2019
Trestman is free after he was notified by Toronto Argos president Bill Manning at 2 a.m. on Nov. 3 that he had been fired as head coach of the team while still on the team bus after losing to the Ottawa Redblacks in the last regular season game.
Since being let go by the Argos Trestman underwent and is recovering from double hip surgery.
Trestman was hired with general manager Jim Popp with great fanfare in February 2017 and won a Grey Cup with the club in his first season. But his 15-23 overall record and tumultuous 2018 campaign ultimately led to his departure.
According to 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, Trestman was the highest-paid coach in the CFL, earning over $600,000, far greater than the $275,000 to $400,000 typical for the position. His three-year contract still had a season to run and coaching contracts are fully guaranteed so Trestman is likely to receive full value for 2019.
Trestman made his CFL bones with an impressive five-year run with Popp in Montreal. The Alouettes won the East Division regular-season title four times and claimed back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010. He accumulated 59 wins in 90 regular season games and went 5-3 in the playoffs. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native was then hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears in 2013 but he was fired after the 2014 campaign with a 13-19 record. He spent one season as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator in 2015.