Trestman empathizes with fired replacement

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman expressed empathy Thursday for his replacement with the Montreal Alouettes, who was fired earlier in the day.

Dan Hawkins took over for Trestman when Trestman left the Canadian Football League for the NFL, but Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall fired Hawkins on Thursday, and tabbed general manager Jim Popp the new head coach.

"I haven't followed it closely, but I've certainly followed it," Trestman said. "I know Dan very well. He's a friend of mine. I'm disappointed for Dan and trust that Jim Popp will do what's in the best interests of his team. I don't know the whole story, so I can't comment any further than that."

Hawkins led the Alouettes to a 32-27 win over the Edmonton Eskimos during his final game in Montreal, but the team has struggled to a 2-3 record in the East Division of the CFL.

"I just wish the Alouettes well. I love the players there," Trestman said. "They're family and they're 2-3 and in first place. So we'll see what happens over the course of the season."