Several hours after creating a news story, Jimmy Johnson tried to diminish it.
Johnson, a former coach and current NFL analyst for Fox Sports, wrote on his Twitter page Friday morning that ex-colleague Marc Trestman was heading to the Bears. Trestman, who worked as an assistant for Johnson at the University of Miami, is the coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
“Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs,” wrote Johnson, who has more than 120,000 Twitter followers. “Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago.”
Translated: Rob Chudzinski would be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, which multiple outlets reported. But Johnson was the only person to suggest Trestman is joining the Bears.
By Friday afternoon, Johnson backtracked with another Twitter message.
"I tweeted this morning, [it] LOOKS like 2 of my guys were getting NFL jobs not that Trestman got it!" Johnson wrote.
Trestman also denied that he was the Bears' next coach in an e-mail sent to the Montreal Gazette. He said he had not heard from the team about whether he would be a finalist.
The timing of Johnson’s first announcement seemed premature because the Bears have not finished interviewing candidates. General manager Phil Emery said that he hoped to bring in several finalists to meet with chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips, and that process likely would not take place until next week at the earliest.
By all accounts, Trestman is a strong candidate for the Bears’ opening because of his knowledge of NFL offenses. Before he went to Montreal, he served as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns.
Trestman also has one-on-one experience with Jay Cutler, whom he worked with leading up to the 2006 NFL draft. Other quarterbacks who have worked with Trestman before the draft include Jason Campbell, Tim Tebow, Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler.
– Tom Musick