Marc Trestman “optimistic” Jay Cutler will start on Sunday

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Bears quarterback Josh McCown was named the NFC offensive player of the week on Wednesday, an honor that may serve as the final act of his run as the team’s starting quarterback.

Coach Marc Trestman said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, that quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to practice at full speed and that he will get in a “thorough” workout Wednesday. Trestman will decide about the starter for Week 15 after that workout and announce his decision about the starter on Thursday. Trestman said that he was “optimistic” that Cutler’s injured ankle would come through well enough for him to be that choice.

That’s what Trestman has said he’d do all along. McCown’s play has led some to wonder if that was how things would actually play out, but McCown always referred to himself as a temporary replacement and Trestman said Wednesday that McCown will move back into the backup role without a problem.

“He is all about team. He has very little concern for his personal success. I am sure he’s proud of what he has done,” Trestman said.

Assuming the workout goes well, it looks like Cutler will be retaking the reins for the final three regular season games. The results could wind up with some bearing on whether or not they are the final three games of his Bears career as well.

40 responses to “Marc Trestman “optimistic” Jay Cutler will start on Sunday

  1. Come on! Your going to take out the hottest hand in football right now, not named Peyton, and put in the petulant Cutler! May I ask why sir? Yes Cutler was the starting QB earlier in the year. But now that McCown has built that relationship with those receivers and had a historic past 3-4 games, now you want to bust that up? I know McCown is not the next coming of whatever great QB you want to add in here but come on man, RIDE THE HOT HAND!

  2. Umm… you don’t really want to start Cutler do you?

    Maybe just coachspeak to make it sound like he wants Cutler to play. That’s got to be it.

  3. Josh McCown is 34 and been in the league since 2002. Even though most of the time he’s a backup he has stayed relevant and gets paid to play football. He lives a life us NFL fans would love to have. Hope to see him continue a few more years.

  4. Honestly, Culter could decide to test the free agent waters. And if so, he would probably be choosing between Lovie Smith and Mike Shanahan (wherever these coaches end up).

  5. Everyone needs to realize that this situation is bigger than a playoff berth this year for a team that will go nowhere in the playoffs this year–this is basically a three game job interview for Cutler–huge contract investment on the line for the Bears–this is their evaluation time of Cutler.

  6. How could any fan want the normal Jay Cutler over this year’s McCown to be their team’s QB? I don’t understand. Cutler is pretty good, but McCown is on fire. I like Trestman, but this is another questionable decision.

  7. Gotta know if you want to give Cutler a new contract next year. Sucks for fantasy owners and probably wouldn’t be an issue if McCown was 5 years younger.

  8. Hey all you armchair GMs, starting Cutler the rest of the way is the obvious smart move for the franchise. With his contract expiring, the team needs as much evaluation time as possible to decide his future. I’m a Bear fan, but I’m not delusional enough to think this team has any chance of going anywhere in the post season this year. Not with the 32nd ranked run defense. What’s important now is developing the team for the future, something I have faith in Emery and Trestman to consider, unlike the previous regime.

  9. Go with Cutler. He looked awesome against the Lions both times he played. Sure, the Bears went 0-2 in those games, but the development of Cutler has to be encouraging for the big contract he’s about to land.

  10. While I love what McCown has done, the reality is that anyone would have torched the Cowboys Monday, and the previous two games were struggling losses to Minnesota and the Rams.

    Everyone is just now getting the hang of this offense, and you could make a case that Cutler would have done better than McCown and possibly won those two games.

    He’s the starter.

  11. Is Trestman even aware that duh Bears haven’t won a game of real significance in 28 years? Apparently he wants to continue that fine tradition. My screen name says it all. First Lovie, next Marc.

  12. You have to see what Cutler can do for Chrissakes! He’s the starter. The Bears have big WRs and a big TE & a pass-catching RB. Cutler will be fine & I bet #15 wants him back.

  13. Cutler was on pace to throw for over 4,000 yards this year. He was NOT replaced because of his performance.
    The Bears gave up 2 1st round picks for him, they finally gave him some real WRs to throw to, completely rebuilt the O line and brought in a coach that actually has a history with Cutler and is not living in the dark ages.

    Anyone that thinks that they are just going to let him walk away with nothing more than a 35 year old back up to take his place is crazy.
    McCown has done a good job filling in but that is all he really is and he has said so himself.

  14. I thought our brilliant HC was a stats guy ?!? Isn’t McCown currently leading the NFL in total QBR??? I get it that doesn’t translate into Super Bowls .. But that has to be better than a often injured QB who has a major issue with locking on his favorite receiver. Students of football understand Tressman’s
    offense it’s similar to what SF ran in the 80’s with Montana. With that team by looking at Stats you couldn’t tell who the #1 WR was Taylor/Rice both over 1000. Sorta like how the Bears finally look!! Under Cutler ball distribution was unheard of!! Just guessing on this one but I bet our TE’s have been targeted more with McCown then Cutler .. switching to Cutler is going to make our not so hot defense(nice way of putting it) have to play thru our on turn overs AGAIN. Kinda feel that’s why Urlacher never cared for him .. I was a huge Cutty fan initially but the fact is he kills our defense by not taking care of the football !!!! Apologies Cutty we should close the door on the this Chapter for the betterment of the team .. Go Bears!!!

  15. People easily forget the 20pt offensive spectacles the Bears offense put up against the defensive powerhouses of St. Louis and Minnesota. Those two losses were directly on the offense. Dallas had the worst defense in the league.

    Cutler is the starting quarterback if healthy and will be going against a much stronger Cleveland team and if Trestman calls a beauty like he did against Dallas the offense will roll.

  16. I agree with goodknave. The past three games we were 1-2, and while McCown played well in the tow losses, he wasn’t lights out like Monday night against the Cowboys. And they were losses. Cutler would have also had his way with the Cowboys’ inexperienced DBs. Cutler should be the starter.

  17. Look, McCown has had a good run, but for cripe sake, and I apologize for yelling, THE LAST TWO GAMES HAVE BEEN AGAINST THE VIKINGS AND COWBOYS WHO HAVE TWO OF THE WORST DEFENSES IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!! Not to mention the fact that the Bears still lost one of the games. I’d hold off on retiring McCown’s number next to Ditka’s for a bit.

  18. I’m kinda feeling like the Bears and the Pack are trying to pull a fast one on their opponents this week. I think McCown starts this week as does Rodgers.

  19. This is the perfect chance for the bears to walk away from cutler and they’re blowing it. Its clear mccowan is doing more with the pieces provided than cutler. Josh has more tds in 5 games than cutler did in 8. He spreads the ball, which opens up the run game. Cutler has shown year after year that he’s a 500 qb and a turnover machine. Why give jay 100 mill or even 10 a year when mccowan can do the same for 3 to 5 a year? Cutlers not the future! How much more time do we need to see how clear it is! Draft a qb and have josh and the rook battle for the job, its a good draft class.

  20. This just seems like it would backfire but as a Lion’s fan I say start Cutler…I would not really care except that the Lions refuse to win so I gotta root for the Bears to lose.

  21. Cutler will be McCown in 2018, most likely a backup for a new franchise QB. McCown is showing a higher ceiling than Cutler has in years, I’m surprised nobody is acknowledging this, I think its because Josh is not demanding the spotlight.

    The story of a veteran QB coming out of nowhere to go to the Super Bowl is classic. Rich Gannon, Kurt Warner, there are so many great QBs who just get the job done late in their career.

  22. Don’t get me wrong, McCown has exceeded all expectations, but let’s put things into perspective here. He hasn’t exactly been going up against strong defenses.

    Cowboys – Last in pass defense
    Vikings – 30th in pass defense
    Rams – 22nd in pass defense
    Ravens – 14th in pass defense

    He has also had a few errant throws, including 2 that should have been interceptions against the Cowboys if their defenders could catch worth a damn. While he has been good, VERY good, there is a reason he is the backup. While I give him his due credit, I give Trestman’s offense credit for putting him in a position to succeed. Now I want to see what someone with an arm like Cutler can do in that same system.

  23. They need to at least let McCown throw four more passes. That’s all he needs to qualify as league leader in passer rating, if Manning and Foles drop a little.

  24. I find it amusing that Lions fans are teasing that the Bears should start Cutler. Do you need a refresher on how much he’s dominated your team through the years coming into this season? Then again, who hasn’t dominated your team?

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