The Chicago Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday to replace the fired Lovie Smith.
It’s the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a longtime assistant in the league who spent the past five seasons coaching the Canadian Football League’s Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles.
Trestman was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.
• If Smith, the former Bears coach, fails to land a head-coaching job, he’s prepared to sit out the 2013 season because he’s not interested in any of the coordinator jobs, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Smith interviewed for head-coaching jobs in Philadelphia, San Diego and Buffalo, but each of those teams selected other candidates.
The only other two coaching vacancies are in Arizona and Jacksonville.
FALCONS: The team is making contingency plans in case defensive end John Abraham is unable to play at full capacity in Sunday’s NFC title game against San Francisco.
Abraham, the NFL’s active sacks leader, missed practice on Wednesday with a sprained left ankle. The same injury forced him to leave last week’s win over Seattle in the second quarter.
Abraham was initially hurt in the regular season finale loss to Tampa Bay.
Coach Mike Smith says he expects Abraham to start against the 49ers.
Regardless of Abraham’s status, the Falcons are giving reserve ends Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Massaquoi and Lawrence Sidbury more snaps in practice.
CARDINALS: Interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and plan to talk to the Indianapolis Colts’ Bruce Arians about the vacant head coaching job.