Marc Trestman: It’s evident I haven’t gotten best from Jay Cutler

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For the second straight week, Bears coach Marc Trestman is getting questions about benching quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen.

Trestman resisted any temptation to make a change last week and he’s doing the same this week, although he stuck with Cutler while admitting something that’s been apparent to everyone who has watched the Bears on offense this season. Trestman said that he thinks “it’s been evident” that he’s failed to get the best out of Cutler during the 2014 season.

“I haven’t been able [to get the best from Cutler] and we haven’t been able to do the things that we want to get done,” Trestman said, via ESPNChicago.com. “We’re working towards that. But the answer to that is obvious. I’m trying to give you the most truthful answer and that is, we’ve seen moments of it, but it’s not where we need to go. It’s not where we need to be. But it’s not all about Jay. It’s about our entire offense, working together to get it done.”

The question lingering over the Bears right now is whether Trestman will get more time to work with Cutler and the entire offense or if they’ll fire him after a second season as coach that has gone wrong in a wide variety of ways. The failure to get more out of the offense is as damning as anything for Trestman because his offensive acumen is what got him the job in the first place, although it remains hard to believe that Trestman or anyone else is going to find a way to turn Cutler into a radically different quarterback than the one he’s been over the first nine years of his career.

58 responses to “Marc Trestman: It’s evident I haven’t gotten best from Jay Cutler

  1. Cutler ranks 9th in passing yards, 7th in passing TDs. 12th in first down throws. Tied 8th for passes over 40 yards. 7:1 ratio of tds to interceptions in the red zone. Has a better completion percentage than Brady, Flacco, Rodgers, and Luck. Anybody ever stop to think that maybe the terrible o-line and bad coaching combined with dysfunction are more part of the problem than Cutler? If he cut down on the interceptions the narrative would be completely different.

  2. It’s like teaching your Dog to speak German.
    Cutler just lacks the motor-vehicle coordination as well as the cognitive ability to interpret complex concepts like color matching, time and spacial awareness, etc..

    I salute Trestman for getting this far. McDonald got one thing right.

  3. Trestman will be another casualty of the fools gold that is Jay Cutler.

    All the talent in the world but zero leadership qualities.

    Siding with Cutler (due to 120 million) will lead to:
    Trestman fired, Marshall traded, and Matt Forte continuing to be under-utilized.

  4. I’m no Cutler apologist, but it seems like the Bears’ biggest issue the last two years has been the defensive performance.

  5. McCown seemed to flourish within Trestman’s system and I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t keep him around. Even at his age you could argue that he was playing better and smarter football than Cutler last year. Maybe the Bears should have stuck with the hot hand.. Oh well, like Cam Newton says, “Hindsight is 50/50”.

  6. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Dec 17, 2014 5:00 PM
    Cutler ranks 9th in passing yards, 7th in passing TDs. 12th in first down throws. Tied 8th for passes over 40 yards. 7:1 ratio of tds to interceptions in the red zone. Has a better completion percentage than Brady, Flacco, Rodgers, and Luck. Anybody ever stop to think that maybe the terrible o-line and bad coaching combined with dysfunction are more part of the problem than Cutler? If he cut down on the interceptions the narrative would be completely different.
    ———————————————————————-

    OK I’ll play.
    Cutler leads the league in interceptions. He leads the league in fumbling. His yards per attempt trails such all-pro QBs as Teddy Bilgewater, Jake Locker, Austin Davis, Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Drew Stanton, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith, Drew Stanton and Derek Anderson. Terrible offensive line? The guy stands around looking down one receiver almost looking like he wants to get sacked, probably because he knows he deserves it. Let’s put Cutler into perspective. He has more experience than Aaron Rodgers yet he performs like Ryan Tannehill but in Tannehill’s defense at least he has upside and gives effort. I mean who in the world wouldn’t want Tannehill over Cutler? Oh, and Tannehill can at least run with the ball and doesn’t have a pathetic losing record this year.

    Cutler doesn’t even try. He got paid and he gave the finger to his coaches, teammates and fans.

  7. Football is a team game, it’s always a mistake to try to make it about one of the 53 players as if the rest of the team doesn’t have any impact on the game.

    Personally, I would love to see Cutler on the Bears next year and the Vikings give BustH2O another season. That’s a total of 4 easy wins in your own division. But to pin it on any one guy, that’s just dumb.

  8. From everything I can see this year and especially since the bye week, nobody on the offense wants to play for Cutler and nobody on the entire team wants to play for Trestman or anyone under him.

    I don’t see the Bears having a snowball’s chance of attracting any HC who could make a difference as long as Cutler is on the roster… but I also have a hard time thinking they’ll turn him loose only one year into that deal. So they are really in a bind.

  9. @touchdownroddywhite

    A lot of Cutler’s stats are during garbage time (against prevent defenses) after the game has already been lost. Look at his last game stats against New Orleans and you’d think he had a decent game. Dig deeper and you’d also find that the Bears never got past the Saints 40 until the 4th quarter!

  10. I agree with the above, but Jim Plunkett was 35-53 by age 30 and 37-19 after age 31 with 2 Superbowls. So we can dream.

  11. It’s absolutely mind boggling to continue to hear the excuses for Cutler 5 years later.

    1. He needs WR’s
    2. He needs an O-line
    3. He needs a new o-coordinator
    4. He needs to spend more than 1 season with the same o-coordinator
    5. He needs an offensive minded head coach

    All of these things have happened and he still sucks rocks. When are people going to finally wake up and realize that he’s the problem?

  12. I knew the Bears would lose to the Saints, but I told myself I had to watch until the Bears at least put together one decent drive. I ended up watching nearly the entire game.

  13. I think that they should fake a Cutler injury and see what Clausen has. If he can move the offense the proof will be in the pudding. Why not? What is it going to hurt? Is jay going to get mad and start playing poorly? It may just save Trestman’s job.

    That being said, Tucker needed to be fired 12 months ago.

  14. why is so hard for the people in charge of the bears to simply design an offense around the things he does well instead of trying to make him something he is not? it’s like they looked at what he did in Denver and said that’s nice but we don’t do that here. granted they never had the personal to run the same offense until last season but if one of the things he did well was roll out and throw on the run why would you not let him do that with the bears? playing in a Lovie Smith offense will kill any qb but especially a guy like Cutler. it is amazing if you think about it with the what 5 offense in has played in since he came to the Bears that he is about to set all the team passing records. but instead of looking at that let’s bash him because we don’t like the way he “looks” on the field. he shows emotion and yells at guys not doing their jobs and he is a immature jerk. when does not show any he is pounded for not caring and having no emotion. can you at least make up your minds about that?

  15. There are these moments with Cutler, where hell make a play/throw that really only Aaron Rodgers can make. This moment of incredible talent… and then the other stuff.

  16. Cutler…..pro bowl, 2008, third ranked qb in league.
    RGIII…..Rookie of the year
    Elway…..two super bowls, league MVP, SB MVP

    What do all three of these qb’s have in common at this point in their careers?

    I’ll save you a guess, Mike Shanahan. Maybe Shanahan to the bears? He seems to get the most out of his qb’s for some reason.

  17. “My biggest question is ‘do these guys practice’? Not talking just of the classroom, talking of the actual practice field.”

    Yes, of course they practice. Unfortunately, they practice against the Bears defense.

  18. “why is so hard for the people in charge of the bears to simply design an offense around the things he does well instead of trying to make him something he is not? ”

    So you want them to design an offense that requires him to not have to use his brain?

  19. Cutler’s stats are overinflated by garbage time.
    Trestman may not be a great coach, but Cutler barely has a soul. The guy has never shown heart or played up to his supposed talent level.

    Josh McDaniels may be the most overrated OC of all time, but he knew that Cutler would not work out in Denver and made him someone else’s problem. Of course, Kyle Orton did not either for him, but that’s another story. The Bears will suffer for many years to come because of Cutler’s lack of heart and lack of self-awareness as a person.

  20. I find it humorous that people think Cutler was actually successful in Denver. The only thing he did there was have a lot of passing yards one season because he had a ridiculous number of attempts due to a ton of RB injuries. His passer rating was still garbage and he’s never had 616 attempts again in his career.

  21. It’s quite evident you’re in way over your head as a coach, Mark. Cutler will once again find success as a qb when his team is rid of your inability to lead. But you on the other hand? You will never again fool someone into making you their head coach in the NFL.

  22. I always liked Jay. I felt he got a raw deal in his career having gone through like 6 offensive coaches and offensive schemeds in his first six years. But by now he should know all the schemes and be above it.
    Its his laid back personality and lack of leadership that is killing this team. He just wants to call plays and through footballs.
    I see him being traded and the Bears eating a ton of money on the deal. Trestman and the GM are both gone. House cleaning time

  23. WAKE UP CHICAGO! Even TRESTMAN doesn’t get it. You guys realize you can’t win with the worst defense in the league right?

  24. “When did Cutler start playing defense?”

    Right after a bunch of his passes this year…he plays defense alot.

  25. So far, NO ONE has gotten anything resembling a BEST from Cutler.

    Does that mean the media is going to hound Cutler as a bust?

    Does that mean Shanahan is finally proven to be all wrong for falling in love with a rocket-armed QB who can’t win games when they count?

    Somewhere, Jake Plummer just smiles at Shanahan’s mistake.

  26. Because the following is Jay Cutler’s fault

    Two games with 50+ points given up
    One game with 40+ points.
    Four more games with 30+ points given up
    Two more over 20 or more.
    Two games still to go.

    The big problem in Chicagoland is that the Bears defense USED to be really good, especially with Peanut back there leading the secondary.

    Now their defense absolutely sucks. Injuries hurt, but it’s hurt alot of teams this year. Is it scheme? Is it the coach’s/GM’s guys that suck?

    Yeah Cutler has Romo-itis and makes the horrible throws, and like Romo his bad play can snowball.

    But that isn’t what killed their season. Their defense did.

    Jimmy Clausen….rofl. Yeah because he’s the QB who can win the 52-51 game…with that noodle arm, in the Windy City. Then after that, he’s capable of getting 56 against the Packers.

    Hopefully he’s learned since Gruden’s QB camp that you won’t go far in the NFL if you blame everyone else for your poor play. Because that was Clausen when he came into the league.

  27. I’m no Cutler fan, but everybody pointing fingers at him should watch a little more of the Bears. When Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Bears, guys were out there giving it their all, offensively and defensively. Since Trestmans arrival, it seems that no one on that team has any heart or desire to win, on either side of the ball. Maybe Cutler is part of the problem, but when nobody on your team shows heart, that’s a coaching problem…

  28. atthemurph says: Dec 17, 2014 5:17 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Dec 17, 2014 5:00 PM
    Cutler ranks 9th in passing yards, 7th in passing TDs. 12th in first down throws. Tied 8th for passes over 40 yards. 7:1 ratio of tds to interceptions in the red zone. Has a better completion percentage than Brady, Flacco, Rodgers, and Luck.
    ———————————————————————-

    OK I’ll play.
    Cutler leads the league in interceptions. He leads the league in fumbling. His yards per attempt trails such all-pro QBs as Teddy Bilgewater, Jake Locker, Austin Davis, Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Drew Stanton, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith, Drew Stanton and Derek Anderson.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Looks like I was late getting back to the party. Looking at Cutler’s situational stats, 13 of his 18 interceptions have come while playing from behind. Just shy of half of his interceptions have come after he’s thrown 30 passes for the game. I’m not foolish enough to think he’s capable of being A Rod. But less talented guys have had success by being asked to play within their capabilities. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to carry a team on his back and will them to a win, but he is a guy that if put in a position to succeed can help a team win games. He also averages about 7.5 ypa between the 20’s, which is good enough for 11th in the league and higher than such QBs as Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, and Joe Flacco.

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