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Trestman: Cutler won’t play this week

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The definition of week-to-week as it pertains to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler does not include this week.

Bears coach Marc Trestman just told reporters that Cutler would not play this week against the Ravens, and that backup Josh McCown would get the start.

Cutler has a high ankle sprain, unrelated to the groin injury which sidelined him previously.

Trestman defended his use of Cutler, though it should have been apparent he wasn’t himself. Declaring him out early should also help alleviate the problems of expectations, which Cutler didn’t help by pushing himself back faster than initially anticipated.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 11, 2013 3:18 PM

    Good call. Keep Cutler alive in case you can make the playoffs, but I think they are going to wind up with 1 win short of making it. So it won’t matter. The time to make this decision was sooner than it was made in the last game.

    See ya Chicago, nice knowing you if you can even hear me with how far that powerful wind has just blown you right out of the picture.

  2. larryboodry says: Nov 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    Good call…10-6 is still possible, but as thestrategyexpert said above even that might put the Bears one game out of playoff contention.

    Just like it did last year.

  3. wyboemail says: Nov 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    One week too late to make that call Trestman. I think you are going to be a helluva coach for the might Bears but you let Cutler and Marshall talk you into keeping Jay in way tooooooo long Sunday against the Lions.
    Good luck rest of the way and I know this loyal Bears fan will be watching each and every week like I have for 34 years.

  4. 25cuts says: Nov 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    Not taking cutler out sooner was bonehead move but I give the coach credit. At least he admitted he messed up instead of sitting there lying. Lions prob win the division even out of default. They’re the only team with a qb in the division

  5. xxchaos32xx says: Nov 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    “Cutler didn’t help by pushing himself back faster than initially anticipated.”

    You can’t really put any blame on Cutler, he is a player and players want to compete, of course he was in hurry to get back on the field, just like every other player that has ever gotten injured.

    and I’m a Packers fan.

  6. greatgallopingghost says: Nov 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    I think Bears fans are too quick to blame the coach for what was ultimately a team fail.

    The holding call negating a Mat Forte TD was unforgivable.
    Jeffries not being able to control the ball on a fade to the corner (and I’m NOT saying it was a bad call) denied another score.
    Trying the 4th and 1, which last week made Trestman a hero, should have been a Gould FG. Denial of the two point conversion on the last drive was due to a missed tackle by the offensive line that had played pretty stellar all day.
    Trestman does have to own the botched TD attempt intercepted by Detroit in their own end zone. Just a bad play call and even worse throw by Cutler that was tipped at the line.

    Everyone can have a bad day and the Bears are no exception. All in all we beat ourselves leaving a potential 26 points on the field which would have been a route of Detroit instead of a two point loss.

    Bear Down!

  7. Abattoir says: Nov 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    It was a breath of fresh air to hear the head coach of the Chicago Bears admit he made a mistake in sticking with Jay Cutler too long this week.

    Still have terrifying flashbacks to “Rex is our quarterback.”

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:54 PM

    I think Jay got so much grief for sitting out the last half of that NFC Championship game where the Packers humiliated the Bears that he’s a little afraid to come out now.

  9. 2difshoe says: Nov 11, 2013 3:56 PM

    Remember, Cutler is in a contact year, and is looking for Flacco millions….. coming back too soon, Cutler may have cut his own throat on this one where dollars are concerned….but you have to admire his ballsyness.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 11, 2013 3:57 PM

    larryboodry:

    Or another way to look at it…it puts the Bears into the worst possible drafting position without having a chance to achieve glory on the field.

    In other words right where I like to see them over here in Detroit! I feel like calling them up on the phone and asking them if they like any of the players on my team as upgrades for them so I can swap positions with them to get a higher draft pick. I think we have players at just about any position that they could use.

    I know the sign says not to disturb the bears, but these guys are hibernating out of season so I’m not afraid any longer. ;)

  11. tone360 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:58 PM

    I think Bears fans are too quick to blame the coach for what was ultimately a team fail.

    The holding call negating a Mat Forte TD was unforgivable.
    Jeffries not being able to control the ball on a fade to the corner (and I’m NOT saying it was a bad call) denied another score.
    Trying the 4th and 1, which last week made Trestman a hero, should have been a Gould FG. Denial of the two point conversion on the last drive was due to a missed tackle by the offensive line that had played pretty stellar all day.
    Trestman does have to own the botched TD attempt intercepted by Detroit in their own end zone. Just a bad play call and even worse throw by Cutler that was tipped at the line.

    Everyone can have a bad day and the Bears are no exception. All in all we beat ourselves leaving a potential 26 points on the field which would have been a route of Detroit instead of a two point loss.

    Bear Down!
    ———————————–
    Spot on, that’s what I saw. Tough loss.

  12. lovethelions says: Nov 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    A week late and a win short….this coach should have made this statement last week and played McClown.

    Glad your coach doesn’t know what he’s doing. It was like handing us the broom…

    Go LIONS!!!!!

  13. vdogg says: Nov 11, 2013 5:23 PM

    Tipped pass at the goal line before the half – good play by the d-line.

    Jeffries lets a pass go right thru his hands and bounce of his facemask in the endzone.

    Jeffries cant hold on to the catch falling out of bounds – correct call

    Forte run negated by holding call – Bears o-line played well all day

    Four times the Bears should have scored but didn’t, Cutler was in for all of those, he wasn’t the reason the Bears lost that game. He got them in positions to score and take control of the game.

  14. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 11, 2013 7:16 PM

    Stafford’s started his last 40 games. How many of the last 40 has Cutler started. It’s a groin and ankle. Might be 3 other things by end of season (week 16).

  15. larryboodry says: Nov 11, 2013 8:30 PM

    @the truthcampaign:

    Since 2009 when Stafford entered the league, he has missed 19 starts, and gone 23-31, plus 0-1 in the playoffs.

    Since 2009 when he joined the Bears, Cutler has missed 9 starts, and gone 38-26, plus 1-1 in the playoffs.

    Stafford is 20-21 in his last 41 starts. Over those same 41 games Cutler has started 33, going 21-12.

    How convenient of you to only look at the last 2 1/2 years, instead of the whole picture.

  16. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    larryboodry says: Nov 11, 2013 8:30 PM

    @the truthcampaign:

    Since 2009 when Stafford entered the league, he has missed 19 starts, and gone 23-31, plus 0-1 in the playoffs.

    Since 2009 when he joined the Bears, Cutler has missed 9 starts, and gone 38-26, plus 1-1 in the playoffs.

    Stafford is 20-21 in his last 41 starts. Over those same 41 games Cutler has started 33, going 21-12.

    How convenient of you to only look at the last 2 1/2 years, instead of the whole picture.
    ==============================

    Which is why the Bears should bring back McMahon; after all, recent performance means nothing.

  17. jonsilver1947 says: Nov 12, 2013 12:10 AM

    larryboodry:

    First and foremost, the Lions had to get out of a VERY deep hole created by the previous administration…only the last three years are relevant to anything…you can’t lay the Lions performance before 2011 at Stafford’s door (or any single player on the roster, or Schwartz or Mayhew, for that matter)…

  18. faulkn22 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:08 AM

    @ Larry,

    Thats why they call it the “what have you done for me now” league.

    What does the 2009 NFL season have to do with how Cutler and Stafford are playing right now?

  19. douglasgreenbriar says: Nov 12, 2013 9:49 AM

    @jonsilver1947:

    Bears fans would say the exact same thing about last three years having to deal with Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith.

    In the end its nothing more than an excuse. The final blame will always lie with the players who were on the field

  20. larryboodry says: Nov 12, 2013 10:25 AM

    Since the start of last year, Stafford has made all 25 starts for Detroit, going 10-15. Cutler has made 23-of-25 starts for the Bears, going 14-9.

    Right now the Lions are hot, and swept the Bears this season. But for ‘thetruthcampaign’ to say that Stafford is the tougher or more durable QB because he has been healthy for 41 straight games, while ignoring the fact that he has missed 10 more starts since ’09 than Cutler, while posting a career record under .500 is just an excuse in selective reasoning.

    Using just his 41-game barometer, Stafford is 20-21, while Cutler, in just 33 starts over that same period, is 21-12.

    The fact is, Stafford and the Lions are 2-0 vs. the Bears this year, and hold the tiebreaker should both teams finish with identical records. Beyond that, the rest is just trash talk, or ancient history.

    Forgive me for daring to stick up for my guy, even against illogical comparisons.

  21. iowahbr says: Nov 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    I am amazed st all these posts on whether or not Jay is tough. The Bears did not get him to fight the Taliban, they got him to win football games and for the last few seasons things go great until a mid-season Cutler POP and then it’s downhill from there. Given; he is tough but also he is also turning out to be a bit brittle and also a gunslinger for not taking himself out of last Sunday’s game in the 3d quarter.

  22. iowahbr says: Nov 12, 2013 11:48 AM

    Even though I’m sure that the networks tell their announcers to remain neutral and not too crticial of the play on the field by the middle of the 3d quarter even Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa were commenting on why Cutler was still in the game. If they could see it what was missing on Trestman’s part?

    Cutler will cost too much money to resign and he appears too brittle. No question about his toughness though. Play Josh, sign Tebow as a back-up and draft some young college QB with potential. At least Tebow will give us something to post about during the years it will take to rebuild the Bears as they need help at 5 or 6 spots minimum.

    the Bears fans who think there is still something there for this season need Obamacare right now.

  23. beardownfromcali says: Nov 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    Did anyone see the MNF clip with Cutler? I heard about it, but didn’t see it first hand.

    Coach “What are you doing out there?”
    Jay “Playing QB”
    Coach “Looks like you’re pretending to play QB”
    Coach “You going back out there?”
    Jay “No”
    Coach “Get out there”
    Jay walks away.

    Not sure if I was being messed with or this really happened. Haven’t seen anything popup on twitter/pft.

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