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Marc Trestman, Tom Coughlin ‘pretty much the same guy’
Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Brandon London has played for Marc Trestman and Tom Coughlin. What’s the difference?
Not much, he said.
”Coach Coughlin had this reputation as being this hard-nosed guy, but my rookie year everybody said he switched up and became more of a relaxed coach,” said London, who was on the New York Giants’ practice squad in 2008 when the Giants won the Super Bowl. ”When you take that relaxed approach with coach Coughlin, with what he knows about football and Xs and Os and life experiences, him and coach Trestman are pretty much the same guy.”
London who had 44 receptions for 848 yards (19.3 yards per catch) for the Alouettes last season, played in 14 games for the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and had four receptions for 38 yards in the playoffs. So he’s well acquainted with the CFL and NFL. He said he doesn’t think Trestman, who has not coached in the NFL since 2003, will have a difficult adjustment.
”The field is smaller and you’re playing with 11 guys instead of 12, but I don’t think it’s going to be a problem at all,” said London, 28, who played at the University of Massachusetts. ”He loves football. He studies. He analyzes himself, his offense. He’s always trying to adapt and evolve into not only a better coach, but a better play-caller.
”Maybe for one or two preseason games he’ll be a little rusty. After he gets the feel of his players and what he’s working with, he’ll be fine.”
The 6-4, 210-pound London made enough of an impression in the NFL –the Dolphins took him off the Giants’ practice squad in 2009 –that it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a shot with the Bears. But if not, he wishes his old coach well. Everybody is happy to see a CFL coach get an opportunity like this.
”I think he’s walking into a great situation, because he already has a defense [with the Bears], London said. ”He just has to get the offense in order. He has great schemes. He knows what he’s doing.”