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Trestman committed to Bears victory, promises disciplined football

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New head coach Marc Trestman addressed the media Thursday, saying he will embrace the challenge of getting the Bears to regular contention and he cannot wait to work with Jay Cutler.

Bears General Manager Phil Emery was excited to introduce his pick for head coach on Thursday, citing Trestman's skills as a professional, creativity and mental toughness as what set him apart.

SEE: Bears choose CFL`s Marc Trestman as new head coach

The general manager described the new head coach as a guy who cares about people. Emery said Trestman's own personal growth set him apart as well as his ability to get the best out of his players.

"Do not underestimate Marc Trestman as a competitor," Emery said.

The Bears GM outlined the hiring process he went through in great detail and delineated the reasons why other candidates were considered and eventually taken out of the running.

Emery called Trestman a champion, as someone who will bring the team to success.

He said he cannot wait to see what the new head coach can do with a team that has such a critical - but loyal - following.

When Trestman stepped up to the podium, one of the first things he said was how excited he was to coach the Bears, who have such a passionate fan base. He said he is ready to give the city a team that plays tough, physical, disciplined football.

"I do feel the passion. I do feel the urgency," Trestman said. "Man, do I feel the commitment to win."

Trestman said the city is going to have a locker room of guys who work hard and are humble, and he cannot wait to get started.

"I get to do the job I have the most fun with," Trestman said. "I get to be the team's compass and road map - or in modern day terms, I get to be the GPS system of the team.

"Every day our team will know where we are, where we're going, and how we're going to get there," Trestman continued. "We're going to put a team together that the city of Chicago and its fan base will be very, very proud of."

The new head coach also spoke on how excited he is to work with quarterback Jay Cutler. Trestman wants to nurture Cutler's skills, and turn him into the elite player he knows he can be.

Trestman described Cutler as tough, smart and said he knows he loves football. He can't wait to work with the quarterback.

The former Alouettes offensive coordinator said Bears football will be no-nonsense moving forward, and accountability will be top of mind. Known as a creative leader, Trestman will find new ways to improve the Bears offense, and sustain the integrity of the excellent defense.

Trestman has received nothing but praise from his contemporaries, and from players he has worked with previously. He is described as a man who loves the game and loves to coach football.

One of those players has local ties - Jarrett Payton, son of former Chicago Bear Walter Payton. He spoke with Good Day Chicago on Thursday morning.

SEE: Jarrett Payton speaks to what Marc Trestman can do for the Chicago Bears

Trestman addressed the fact that he does come from the Canadian Football League, but stressed that he did spend over a decade in the NFL. He plans to surround himself with a coaching team that is quite familiar with how American football is played, to help make the best decisions to guide the Bears.

Trestman hesitated making any other specific comments about the personnel he has in his locker room, because he says he doesn't know them yet.

"I'm going to help my team master their craft," Trestman said. "All I'm asking in return is their effort."

Trestman said the work begins as soon as they are done with Thursday's interview process. He said they have a lot of decisions to make. Although defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has made the choice to leave, so the position to lead the defense into the next season is now open.

The new head coach promised to craft the team Chicago deserves, and is determined to get straight to work.

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