Before he was the quarterback whisperer, Marc Trestman was just a quarterback coach who had no idea how to coach quarterbacks. He was fresh out of law school and his only experience with the position was as a two-year intern with the Miami Hurricanes team and a backup to Tony Dungy at the University of Minnesota in the mid-to-late 1970s. But Howard Schnellenberger, then the Hurricanes’ coach, hired the 27-year-old Trestman.
“Coaching never crossed my mind for a minute,” he told The Gazette‘s Herb Zerkowsky in conversation. “I never had a great relationship with my coaches, to my recollection. I always tell coach Schnellenberger he saw something in me I never saw in myself. To hire me as the quarterback coach … as young as I was. And I really coached them. The quarterback’s the center of the game. I was just winging it. I had no experience, no criteria, no mentorship, no training. Nothing. I’m just grateful he saw that in me.”