A day after being criticized for leaving an injured Jay Cutler in the game too long, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman admitted that he made a mistake.
In his Monday morning interview with WBBM 780 AM, Trestman admitted that he left aninjured Cutler in the game longer than he should have.
“I went through the tape closely this morning, and watched Jay’s performance, and I thought he did well into the fourth quarter,” Trestman said. “But at the end of the day, you know, if we had to do it all over again, maybe it would be one series before the two-minute drill.”-Marc Trestman, 670 The Score
For the first time since Trestman was named the head coach of the Bears, Bears fans are disappointed in the rookie head coach. But, no less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss, Trestman is already showing why the Bears made the right decision with his hiring.
After the game on Sunday, Trestman told reporters that he would re-watch the film of the game and determine whether or not he should have left Cutler in the game. Credit the Bears head coach for not only holding true to his word but also being able to admit to his mistakes. That sense of transparency was lacking under the latter years of the Lovie Smith regime.
The only other issue that should be had with Trestman is why he didn’t make the decision. It was Cutler who went to backup quarterback Josh McCown late in the fourth quarter to tell McCown to run the 2-minute offense. Trestman is the head coach of the football team, he needs to be the one making that decision.
As for fans that are taking this opportunity to once again criticize Cutler as a quarterback and suggest that McCown should be the starting quarterback, Cutler’s play on Sunday indicated why he will flourish under the Trestman offense.
One of the reasons why Cutler stayed in the game for as long as he did was because the quarterback was completing throws that only he could complete. In particular, the throw Cutler made to the corner of the end-zone to Alshon Jeffery is one of the reasons why Cutler will remain with the Bears for long after this season. Had it not been for Jeffery bobbling the ball, that would have given the Bears a go-ahead touchdown.
“I thought Jay made a terrific throw to Alshon in the corner of the end zone as well, and made the play that he needed to make,” Trestman said.-Trestman, 670 The Score
While it is clear that Trestman left Cutler in the game for too long–something the head coach admitted to–it is also clear that Cutler at 80% is still capable of being in the upper-half of starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
That is why, if healthy, Cutler will be starting against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.