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Als coach Trestman hired by NFL's Chicago Bears

Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman a game against the Toronto Argonauts Sunday, September 23, 2012.

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CHICAGO - Marc Trestman, who guided the Montreal Alouettes to four CFL East Finals and two Grey Cup championships, will be next head coach of Chicago Bears, the NFL said on Wednesday.

The Minnesota-born Trestman beat out 12 other candidates to replace Lovie Smith, who was fired after his team posted a 10-6 record this past season.

Trestman, a former offensive co-ordinator with four different NFL teams, becomes the first Canadian Football League coach in 27 years to jump to a top NFL job.

Marv Levy, also a former Als coach, made the leap in the 1970s.

Trestman left a good impression in his interview with Bears' brass, spending eight hours with team executives in the Windy City.

In recent days he met the Cleveland Browns for their open head coaching position, on top of a sit-down with the Oakland Raiders for their offensive co-ordinator post.

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