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Marc Trestman admits he should have taken Jay Cutler out earlier

jay-cutlerJay Cutler gave his Chicago Bears teammates a courageous performance on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, playing through a groin injury that was still healing and an ankle injury he suffered in the second quarter. Prior to spraining his ankle, Cutler was on the money. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The second half was an entirely different story.

Cutler threw for 102 yards and an interception in quarters three and four. He obviously wasn’t the same player, and he was replaced with backup Josh McCown with just over two minutes remaining. On Monday, head coach Marc Trestman admitted he should have made the move sooner.

“I sit back and look back, and maybe not second guess,” Trestman told WBBM 780, via ESPNChicago.com. “But I went through the tape closely this morning and watched Jay’s performance. I thought he did well into the fourth quarter. But at the end of the day, if we had to do it all over again, maybe it would be one series before the two-minute drill.”

Despite the fact that Cutler looked lost, Trestman left the decision of staying in the game or coming out in his hands. Being the competitor that he is, Cutler tried to gut it out. Once McCown replaced him and led a touchdown drive, it became obvious that the switch happened too late.

Cutler said he took himself out.

“I felt really restricted in the pocket with what I was able to do,” he explained. “[The ball] wasn’t getting out as quick. Some of my throws didn’t have as much hum as I wanted. I knew Josh was ready to go, and I just didn’t want to get to the point where I was hurting us more than I was helping us.”

What’s the old saying? Nobody likes a Monday morning quarterback? Trestman may end up regretting the way he coached, but he did what most coaches would have done with a quarterback who wanted to stay in. It backfired. Welcome to the NFL.

Chicago Bears reportedly hire Marc Trestman as head coach

marc trestmanThe Chicago Bears will hire Marc Trestman as their next head coach, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Biggs reported the news over his Twitter account shortly after 1:00 am CT Wednesday. He says Trestman beat out Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the job. Alouettes reporter Didier Ormejuste confirmed the report.

The Bears fired longtime head coach Lovie Smith after the season despite the team’s 10-6 record. Chicago GM Phil Emery says he fired Smith because, while the defenses were always strong under Smith, his offenses were too unproductive.

Trestman, along with the other finalists, is an offensive-oriented coach. He comes to Chicago after five seasons as head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes where he won his division four times and the Grey Cup twice.

A former college quarterback at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State-Moorhead, Trestman has extensive NFL experience. He coached Bernie Kosar in both college and the pros, and quarterbacks like Steve Young, Scott Mitchell, Jake Plummer, and Rich Gannon all had excellent seasons with Trestman’s help.

The Bears have the personnel to maintain a strong defense for the next few years, and Trestman should provide an offensive boost. I think this was an excellent hire by Chicago.

The reports also confirm what Jimmy Johnson tweeted on Friday. The former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl-winning coach said it looked like Trestman was going to be getting the Bears job. Trestman was an assistant under Johnson at Miami in 1984.