The Bears’ 2013 season sank largely because of a defense that struggled to stop opposing offenses, but head coach Marc Trestman saw things to dislike about the offense as well.
Trestman says that the offense left a lot of plays on the field last season and that he “never felt that we were that productive” on offense despite numbers that tell a different story. Trestman’s feelings about the offense overall were not the same as his feelings about quarterback Jay Cutler, however. Trestman says he never lost confidence in Jay Cutler, who signed an extension this offseason, being the right man to start at quarterback for the team.
“The number one thing from my standpoint is the way that he has invested in the Chicago Bears,” Trestman said, via the Chicago Tribune. “Jay has been emotionally and selflessly invested in ways that he wouldn’t talk about. But he really cares about this organization and every day he’s a very, very observant person and he’s a very proactive person in terms of inserting himself in all areas of this building to help this organization get better. I’ll just leave it at that. But it has been very, very impressive to watch how he has worked intelligently and selflessly to do that.”
The Bears fell short of a playoff berth last season, but it was still a promising first year in Chicago for the former CFL head coach. Even if it falls short of Trestman’s high expectations, Cutler and the offense should be strong again this season. The defense’s improvement will determine how far that offense can take them and it seems Trestman’s comfortable giving Cutler the reins of the offense while he and the staff work to create that improvement.