Romo: Trestman can earn Bears' respect

Marc Trestman might not be a fiery motivator, but Bill Romanowski says the new Chicago Bears coach can be an effective leader by having his team prepared to play.

"The way you inspire guys and lead guys is you've got to educate them and you've got to put them in a place to win. You've got to make them better," Romanowski said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "Well guess what? If he comes in and helps Jay Cutler and helps these Bears get better at the game of football and win football games ... he will earn their respect. That's what you have to do in the NFL. You have to earn it day in and day out."

Romanowski, who played with the Oakland Raiders in 2002 when Trestman was the offensive coordinator, disagreed with his former teammate Tim Brown, who last week said he didn't see Trestman as head-coaching material.

"I don't want to say it was a joke, but I just never saw Trestman as being a head coach," Brown said Jan. 16 on "Waddle & Silvy."

Oakland was one of Trestman's eight stops in the NFL as an assistant before spending the past five years in the CFL as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. He was named the 14th head coach in Bears history on Jan. 16.