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Marc Trestman's career timeline

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Marc Trestman's career timeline

1975-77: Played as a backup quarterback for the University of Minnesota for three seasons.

1978: Transferred to Minnesota State for his senior season.

1978-79: Received invitations to training camp to play as a defensive back by the Minnesota Vikings.

1981-84: Begin his coaching career as a volunteer coach for the University of Miami. Trestman was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1983, where he oversaw the development of Bernie Kosar.

1985-86: Returned to the Vikings as a running backs coach as part of the staff of Bud Grant, who was coming back from retirement.

1987: Served as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the strike-shortened 1987 season, which doubled as Vinny Testaverdes rookie year.

1988-89: Reunited with Bernie Kosar as the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 1988, and was promoted to offensive coordinator the next season.

1990-91: Returned to the Vikings for the final time to serve as a quarterbacks coach, where he worked with quarterback Rich Gannon for the first time.

1992-94: Out of coaching

1995-96: Got back into coaching as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers. With Steve Young at the helm, the 1995 49ers led the NFL in scoring and passing yards.

1997: Coached quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions. With Trestman, Scott Mitchell topped 3,000 yards passing for the final time in his career.

1998-2000: Filled the dual role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The 1998 Arizona Cardinals broke a 51-year franchise drought for playoff wins.

2001-03: Moved on to become the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders. When Trestman was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2002, the Raiders won the AFC and led the NFL in total offense and passing, and quarterback Rich Gannon won the MVP award.

2004: Served as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins and assistant head coach to Dave Wannstedt.

2005-06: Returned to college coaching to serve as the offensive coordinator for NC State.

2007: Out of coaching

2008-12: Traveled to Canada for his first head coaching job with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. In five years, Trestman has won two Grey Cups and lost in the final of a third.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 8:45 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Corey Crawford vs. ... Oscar Dansk? 

The Golden Knights have seen both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban go down with injuries, so they're scraping for goaltenders at this point.

On one end of the ice, you have one of the best netminders in the league and a two-time Stanley Cup champion in Crawford. On the other, you have a 23-year-old rookie in Dansk making his first official NHL start who will be backed up by a 24-year-old rookie in Maxime Lagace, who has never appeared in an NHL game.

In his first game action, Dansk stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief during Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

2. Fast start.

The Blackhawks are tied for second in both goals scored (13) and fewest goals allowed (four) in the first period, which has a large reason for their early season success.

The Golden Knights aren't the kind of team that gets out to a blazing start. They've allowed only five goals in the opening frame, but they've scored only five as well, which ranks among the bottom 10 teams in the league. 

3. Beware of James Neal.

The Golden Knights became the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games of their inaugural season. And they probably don't have half of those wins if it weren't for Neal, who scored the game-winning goal in each of their first three games.

He leads the club with six goals and eight points, and serves as the motor for a team that doesn't have much offensive talent. He's the go-to guy, and somebody you have to keep an eye on when he's on the ice.

 

Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

Here are Three Things to Watch in the Bulls' Tuesday night tilt against the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. LeBron James will be on your television

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is must-see TV. Now in his 15th NBA season, James has shown no signs of slowing down. Despite playing just one preseason game (against the Bulls), James has shown anything but rust in three games, averaging 25.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in nearly 37 minutes. He's a threat every night to do something you've never seen on a basketball court, His Airness included. Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser will have their hands full against the game's best player.

2. Lauri Markkanen, Week 2

Small sample size alert! But through the season's first week Markkanen and Ben Simmons are the only rookies averaging a double-double (Dallas' Dennis Smith has played just one game, averaging 16 points and 10 assists). While the Bulls have struggled through two games, Markkanen's net rating is third best on the team and he leads the Bulls bigs in rebounds per game and rebound percentage. Markkanen has shown some versatility offensively, and his 7 free-throw attempts have been a nice surprise as well.

3. Don't forget: The Bulls swept the Cavaliers last year

OK, so expecting a victory Tuesday night in Cleveland isn't smart. The Bulls will be underdogs just like they were in each of the four games last season, all of which were Bulls winners. It was the first time in 52 division series that LeBron James had been swept, which is pretty remarkable considering the Bulls were the No. 8 seed and the Cavs coasted to a third straight NBA Finals. We're not over here predicting a win. But just remember: the Bulls have fared well against James in the regular season.