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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 …

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. tannethrill says:
    Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM
    I think McDaniels initially said that too
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    No. McDaniels tried trading for Cassel immediately after getting the job.

  7. Is he going to change Cutler’s personality?

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. @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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