There’s been debate around Chicago about the wisdom of Bears coach Marc Trestman’s decision to return Jay Cutler to the starting lineup this week after Josh McCown played well while Cutler was recovering from a sprained ankle.
If Trestman is looking for someone to tell him he made the right call at quarterback, he should seek out Browns safety Tashaun Gipson during pregame warmups on Sunday. Gipson said Thursday that Cutler is a “different monster” than McCown and that he thinks facing Cutler is going to make things more difficult for the Browns defense.
“No disrespect to Josh McCown, but Jay Cutler is a different monster, and we’re definitely going to be prepared for him,” Gipson said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Anytime you’re dealing with who I perceive is one of the more elite quarterbacks in this game — Cutler, he’s arguably a top-10 quarterback in this game — I think that amplifies the situation.”
That doesn’t mean Gipson’s unhappy to see Cutler on the other side of the ball, however. Gipson said he’s “definitely excited” for Cutler to be in the lineup because the quarterback likes to put the ball in the air and he thinks that’s going to give the Browns chances to take the ball away from the Bears offense. Should they do that often enough to win the game, Gipson isn’t likely to have much company in Chicago when it comes to backing Trestman’s call.