Marc Trestman Really Is The Quarterback Whisperer

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Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field after defeating the Cleveland Browns 38-31 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Trestman is a quarterback whisperer. There is no other way around it.

Trestman was at the edge of the biggest coaching decision of his young NFL Head Coaching career; play the hot handed QB or go back to the star QB who was playing pretty darned well himself before he was injured 4 weeks ago.

This is why Trestman is paid the big bucks…

If not for the dysfunction in Washington, New York (both the Giants and Jets), the ridiculous day by RB Jamaal Charles (5 Touchdowns!) and the absolute utter collapse in Dallas, the play of the Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler would be the top story out of Sunday’s games.

Jay Cutler was back at under center for the Bears in his first start since November 10 vs the Detroit Lions.

Unlike previous years, when the Bears backup QB has played like garbage and the Bears playoff hopes have gone up in smoke; Josh McCown was playing like a franchise QB and had some of the best numbers in the NFL including the top QBR that ESPN likes so much more than the regular QB rating system.

There was controversy.

Most fans and many talking heads thought the Bears should “ride the hot hand” and continue playing McCown; especially after torching the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football last week and being named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The controversy did not involve the coaching staff.

Instead, Marc Trestman followed the plan that had been put in place and reinserted Jay Cutler as the starter.

There were reports that not everyone within the Bears organization was on board with the move, especially since the team’s playoff chances were on the line. But that didn’t matter.

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Topics: Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Marc Trestman, Martellus Bennett

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  • Erik Lambert

    There is no question Trestman has this offense humming, but I’m not ready to pass judgment on his development of Cutler until these next two games. If Jay plays well and gets them to the playoffs, then I will absolutely say the coach is who we thought he was.

  • ManGod

    Trestman is a superbly talented coach, both as a QB Coach and more so as a Head Coach. Many people resent and resented Emery picking Marc Trestman as the new Head Coach after firing Lovie Smith. The range of comments were generalized implying the CFL was not as strong or fast as the NFL and no way a successful CFL Coach could succeed in the NFL. The truth is just as cut and dry as the nay sayer’s myths. Marc Trestman is without doubt one of the exceptional coaches who understands that above all else being true to your word to the team must remain the top priority if you intend to accomplish the goal of winning as a team in any facet of life, not just the CFL or the NFL. I think the next two weeks will serve to put the rest of the playoff hopefuls on notice. The Bears are as dangerous as everyone thought they could be and they are very explosive on offense. I believe Trestman went with his word to this team and I think that solidified and galvanized this team actually believing they could, can and are the team to beat if you intend to get to the Super Bowl. The Bears will win the NFC North and the last gasp of preventing that will be with Green Bay in week 17, a game which Chicago will win not just by Cutler, Marshall, Forte, Bennett and Jeffery…but with balanced and determined defense and special teams play. Over the next 2 games look for Chicago as a whole team to show up and play lights out football as a complete unit. And someone needs to step and recognize what McCown , not just as the back up QB, but as a leader and as a class act team-mate has done for this team behind the scenes as well as on the field. His total and complete acceptance of his role within this team is one all NFL players, fans and sportswriters should recognize and applaud. This team has continued to win because he done his job to the very best of his ability each game knowing full well that as soon as Jay Cutler was 100% his time in the lights would be over. MVP of the Year: Josh McCown.

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    Trestman has this offense doing things I’ve never seen & never thought I’d see in all my years as a Bears fan. If we can pretty much hold it together & pick up a few right peices for the Defense this offseason we can be an Elite team especially with the offense coming back for their 2nd year in the same system it should get even better. This year ain’t over yet tho. BEAR DOWN !!