Marc Trestman's career timeline


Marc Trestman's career timeline

1975-77: Played as a backup quarterback for the University of Minnesota for three seasons.

1978: Transferred to Minnesota State for his senior season.

1978-79: Received invitations to training camp to play as a defensive back by the Minnesota Vikings.

1981-84: Begin his coaching career as a volunteer coach for the University of Miami. Trestman was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1983, where he oversaw the development of Bernie Kosar.

1985-86: Returned to the Vikings as a running backs coach as part of the staff of Bud Grant, who was coming back from retirement.

1987: Served as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the strike-shortened 1987 season, which doubled as Vinny Testaverdes rookie year.

1988-89: Reunited with Bernie Kosar as the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 1988, and was promoted to offensive coordinator the next season.

1990-91: Returned to the Vikings for the final time to serve as a quarterbacks coach, where he worked with quarterback Rich Gannon for the first time.

1992-94: Out of coaching

1995-96: Got back into coaching as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers. With Steve Young at the helm, the 1995 49ers led the NFL in scoring and passing yards.

1997: Coached quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions. With Trestman, Scott Mitchell topped 3,000 yards passing for the final time in his career.

1998-2000: Filled the dual role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The 1998 Arizona Cardinals broke a 51-year franchise drought for playoff wins.

2001-03: Moved on to become the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders. When Trestman was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2002, the Raiders won the AFC and led the NFL in total offense and passing, and quarterback Rich Gannon won the MVP award.

2004: Served as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins and assistant head coach to Dave Wannstedt.

2005-06: Returned to college coaching to serve as the offensive coordinator for NC State.

2007: Out of coaching

2008-12: Traveled to Canada for his first head coaching job with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. In five years, Trestman has won two Grey Cups and lost in the final of a third.

Griffins hope to avoid 'sick feeling' going forward after blowout loss to Bradley

Griffins hope to avoid 'sick feeling' going forward after blowout loss to Bradley

Not all losses are created equal.

When Lincoln-Way East suffered a 35-30 defeat in Week 3 to Homewood-Flossmoor, the Griffins took positives away from the loss. They had held a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, battled back from adversity in the second half and had a chance to win the game in the final minute. Even that loss in retrospect appeared acceptable – if there ever was an acceptable loss – as the Vikings are currently 8-0 and in their other seven wins have outscored their opponents by an average of 38 points.

By Week 3 the Griffins were still acclimating to the unique situation of playing at game speed with a host of Lincoln-Way North students who had transferred in the offseason. They had a defense made up almost entirely of first-year starters, and the offense was still rotating quarterbacks Jake Arthur and Max Shafer to figure out how to maximize their talent. By many standards the Griffins went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes with a team also considered to be a favorite for a state title.

The same couldn’t be said for the Griffins’ effort last Friday night in Bradley.

An esteemed program with a 2005 state title and 16 consecutive playoff appearances to their resume, it isn’t often the Griffins are embarrassed on Friday night. But those were the words head coach Rob Zvonar used in his postgame speech to the team following their 38-21 loss to the undefeated Boilermakers.

“We chose to play the game,” Zvonar began. “Which means you play it to the greatest of your ability and you honor each other, God, everybody by your play. And we didn’t do that tonight.”

There were plenty of reasons the Griffins suffered their second loss of the season. That is came in such blowout fashion was the bigger surprise. The Boilermakers found the end zone on their first two possessions, rallying behind a raucous home crowd hoping to see their team go 8-0 for the first time in school history.

The Griffins defense, which had allowed 27 points the previous three weeks combined, were on their heels as the Boilermakers used misdirection and a few trick plays to set up the short touchdown runs.

The Griffins offense moved down the field on their fourth possession, moving inside the Boilermakers red zone looking to get on the board. But Iowa commit Camron Harrell stepped in front of a Griffins screen pass on 4th down and returned it 89 yards for a score. On the final play of the first quarter, with the Griffins moving again, Damien Williams read a route and picked off Jake Arthur, returning it 53 yards for a score to give the Boilermakers a shocking 28-0 lead after 12 minutes.

After a spirited halftime speech from Zvonar, the Griffins came out firing in the second half, scoring on a touchdown run from Nigel Muhammad and a Jeremy Nelson 27-yard reception from Arthur. But the Boilermakers weathered the storm each time Lincoln-Way East attempted a comeback. The Griffins only got as close as 14 points late in the fourth quarter.

“I think we came into this game not ready,” said Muhammad, who finished with 164 yards on 24 carries. “But we’re all a team and we all accept this loss together.”

Added senior Jack Carroll, who finished with a team-high nine tackles: “We have this sick feeling in our stomach right now but the best thing is (next) Friday we can come back and get it out of our stomach. If we lose again in the playoffs then we’ll have that sick feeling in our stomach for the rest of our lives.”

That’s now the reality for the Griffins, and a silver lining if there ever could be one for such a blowout loss. With the playoffs a mere week away – the Griffins defeated Lockport on Friday to finish the regular season 7-2 – the feeling each of them felt getting on the bus back to Frankfort will linger with them and act as a reminder of how quickly things can slip away.

“We’re trying to put this behind us,” said Max Shafer. “We’re going to try to get hot and make a run in the playoffs.”

In a loaded 8A class, the Griffins’ two regular-season losses have already knocked them down in the seeding process. While any loss before Week 9 means little in the long run – the Griffins locked up a playoff berth weeks ago – it also means a more difficult road to Champaign. But that’s the reality for Zvonar’s group, and whether it’s a defense playing faster or an offense avoiding costly mistakes, the Griffins are running out of time to right the ship.

But Zvonar believes such a loss as the team suffered last Friday night can act as the catalyst to doing just that. The Griffins have established themselves as one of the state’s premier programs, and that means not riding the highs too high, and not breaking apart when the lows come. Last Friday night was as low as Zvonar had seen any of his 16 teams, but the silver lining occurred in that his squad now knows what it has to do to avoid it when it’s win or go home.

“What we also think is that the program is built on a solid foundation, so when you take a little hit like that you battle back and you go back to what you believe in and what you know can be successful. And that’s fundamentals and keeping things simple, and the kids have bounced back and they’re not acceptable to them what occurred to them, so very proud of their effort and the way they’re working.

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