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Trestman: “I can’t wait to get my hands on” Cutler

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New Bears coach Marc Trestman made it clear in his first press conference that quarterback Jay Cutler’s going to be a pet project.

Trestman said he’d handle offensive play-calling, and that getting off to a good relationship with Cutler was going to be essential.

“I can’t wait to get my hands on him,” Trestman said. “That starts today.”

The new Bears coach stressed that “the quarterback has to play at an efficient level,” but also pointed out problems the Bears had last year that had not as much to do with Cutler.

“This guy loves football,” Trestman said of Cutler. “He wants to be great. And hopefully we can give him some direction and protection.”

Trestman also said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has chosen to leave. There were some reports yesterday that Marinelli had a chance to stay, but he’s apparently looking elsewhere.

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36 Responses to “Trestman: “I can’t wait to get my hands on” Cutler”
  1. woodg8 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:53 PM

    If Cutler puts the work in, he’ll be an elite QB under Trestman next year

  2. dabearsk says: Jan 17, 2013 12:56 PM

    Looking forward to seeing the improvements that Steve Young and Rich Gannon say they can do with Cutler. Think Trestman was a gr8 hire.

  3. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    How to become friends with Jay Cutler.

    Step 1) Draft all offensive linemen
    2)Sign a solid free agent OL

    Yah…

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    I still think Cutler can be a Championship caliber quarterback. If Trestman build an o-line for him, and gets him some solid receivers, the Bears could be formidable.

  5. ketch20too says: Jan 17, 2013 12:58 PM

    Marinelli to Seahawks…DO IT!

  6. blacknole08 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:58 PM

    “Me too!”

    Signed,

    Every pass rusher going up against that Bears OL

  7. jboyxl73 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    If he says the wrong thing an makes Cutler sound like a bad QB that needs him to get better Cutler will become a problem he needs his ego stroked …

  8. brohamma says: Jan 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    And the roller-coaster ride is off!!

    I feel sorry for you Chicago fans because this guy replacing Lovie.. that lockeroom is going to be a mess. In addition, Marinelli leaving too… yikes!

  9. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    Dude is going to go bananas when he realizes he gets a 4th down.

  10. lew24 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    “I can’t wait to get my hands on him,”

    Not the first time someone has said that about Cutler!

  11. gator2006 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:06 PM

    Get your and hands on him . . . give him some protection. Has to be a joke there somewhere.

  12. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    Shouldn’t be hard for Trestman, its not like there’s an O-line to stop him

  13. Brinke says: Jan 17, 2013 1:10 PM

    too easy a headline. next.

  14. wayne1693 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:10 PM

    It is a shame the Bears/Trestman could not convince R.M. to stay as Defensive Coordinator…It would have given them brilliant coaches on both sides of the ball.

  15. jutts says: Jan 17, 2013 1:11 PM

    I just can’t wait to see what a “real” offensive mind with a High IQ. If Cutler buys in, and with the right players. Could be good.

  16. flipola says: Jan 17, 2013 1:11 PM

    Nobody’s ever said that in a positive or hopeful manner.

  17. tannethrill says: Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM

    I think McDaniels initially said that too

  18. trollaikman8 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    I give this two seasons. Enjoy your 8-8. Cutler cannot be repaired.

  19. beedubyatoo says: Jan 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    Marinelli is getting out whilew the getting is good. Bears’ defense is getting old, Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers, Tillman, etc.

  20. rajbais says: Jan 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    Good!!! Now, slam the door on the Jets player who wears #15!!!!

  21. notor23 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    tannethrill says:
    Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM
    I think McDaniels initially said that too
    ________________________________

    No. McDaniels tried trading for Cassel immediately after getting the job.

  22. xpensivewinos says: Jan 17, 2013 1:35 PM

    Is he going to change Cutler’s personality?

    The dude is not a leader and the quarterback has to be a leader.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:40 PM

    Can Cutler’s performance improve? Heck yeah. You can’t fall out of the basement.

  24. gbmickey says: Jan 17, 2013 1:44 PM

    Among all the fawning over the often traveled Trestman I hope he has a master in phsychology for the petulant child Cutler because he will need it.

  25. rufustfireflyjr says: Jan 17, 2013 1:49 PM

    xpensivewinos says:
    Jan 17, 2013 1:35 PM
    “Is he going to change Cutler’s personality?

    The dude is not a leader and the quarterback has to be a leader.”

    No he doesn’t. Joe Theismann was never a leader of Joe Gibbs’ Redskins teams of the eighties, and they went to two Superbowls with Joey T. under center.

  26. mydroopysack says: Jan 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Bears fans should be happy the team is finally trying something different. First HC with an offensive background since Mike Ditka.

  27. purpleguy says: Jan 17, 2013 1:57 PM

    I can’t help it, but Trestman looks like the guy you ask for a menu while dining at Ruth’s Criss.

  28. huskersrock1 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    “Show me, show me, everything you do,
    Cause Jay Cutler, there is nothing quite like you.”

  29. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    Poor choice of words.

  30. randallflagg52 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:16 PM

    Trestman: “I can’t wait to get my hands on” Cutler

    ====================================

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  31. rcali says: Jan 17, 2013 4:09 PM

    Now if Trestman can only get him to sit down with him on the sideline to discuss how he can be a better QB. Good Luck Coach!

  32. iowahbr says: Jan 17, 2013 4:38 PM

    As an earlier poster said the Bears can’t fall out of the basement when it comes to winning against good teams so how could it be any worse. yes I know there is a 4 and 11 season hiding out there but in some cases the patient willl get worse before the doctor’s cure starts to work. Bring Tebow to the Bears too please.and we can really start to enjoy the fun.

  33. armeniandelight4 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:45 PM

    Freaking weirdo.

  34. larryboodry says: Jan 17, 2013 5:55 PM

    To-do list for Bears management, in no particular order:

    1.) Get Jay signed to an extension.
    2.) Hire a DC who will put more pressure on the QB while still stressing takeaways.
    3.) Draft either Zach Ertz or Levine Toilolo to be your TE…Hopefully one of them is still available at #20.
    4.) Ryan Clady will likely stay in Denver, but there will be several other intriguing o-lineman hitting FA in March…Jake Long, Brandon Albert, Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, Brandon Moore, and Andy Levitre…Emery needs to push hard to get one or more of these guys, and also address the o-line in the draft.
    5.) If Devin Hester doesn’t retire, confine his ‘package’ to kick returning.
    6.) Let Tim Tebow pretend to be an NFL QB anywhere but Chicago.

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:28 PM

    The new Bears coach stressed that “the quarterback has to play at an efficient level,”

    I think that means the QB needs to have a QB rating higher than 81.3, and be ranked higher than 20th in the league. Unfortunately Jay’s 2012 numbers are pretty much the same as his career numbers.

  36. larryboodry says: Jan 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    @filthymcnasty1:

    “I think {efficiency} means the QB needs to have a QB rating higher than 81.3, and be ranked higher than 20th in the league.”

    20th. in what? Stats? Everybody knows a QB is judged by wins and losses, and Jay ranks much better than 20th. in that category from 2010 through 2012:

    2012 – 10-5, .667 Win %
    2011 – 7-3, .700 Win %
    2010 – 10-5, .667 Win %

    Oh, and Jay’s 84 career QB rating? Better than Eli Manning’s 82.7, so I guess if Jay had been lucky enough to have that NYG supporting cast, maybe HE’D have two SB rings by now, huh?

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