Trestman has been a hot name of late. He is someone I have had in the back of my mind for a while now but I had not considered him a candidate for the Raiders just yet simply because the interest he has been rumored to have is for head coach, not offensive coordinator. He is fresh off a reported interview with the Chicago Bears for their head coaching vacancy as well as for the Cleveland Browns.
Fox broadcaster and former NFL head coach, Jimmy Johnson, had people buzzing when he Tweeted that the Bears had offered Trestman the job. Trestman denied any such job offer. This interview with the Raiders suggests Trestman was telling the truth. But the overall interest in his services is very real.
Trestman was the quarterbacks coach for the Raiders during the Gruden years and he was offensive coordinator for the Raiders when they made their run to the Super Bowl in 2002. Under his tutelage, the Raiders were the best offense in the NFL and Rich Gannon was named NFL MVP.
He was let go along with the rest of the Bill Callahan staff following the 4-12 season that followed the Super Bowl season and went to the Dolphins as their QB coach for one season before leaving to the college ranks as the offensive coordinator for North Carolina State.
He re-emerged and solidified his candidacy back in 2010 by taking the Montreal Alloutettes of the CFL to two straight Grey Cup Championships. The first championship coming after he was the CFL Coach of the Year in his first season as head coach of the team.
At that time, the Raiders flirted with the idea of bringing Trestman back to the team as the offensive coordinator. They even reached out to him as well as a couple other candidates to gauge their interest in coming to the team under then coach Tom Cable. But the Raiders ended up going with Hue Jackson instead.
Trestman's resume is very solid and with his interview, he immediately jumps to the forefront as the favorite to land the job. He is a proven offensive guru who left the NFL two seasons removed from coordinating a juggernaut offense to the Super Bowl. It may be time for his second chance to lead the Raiders offense again.