Marc Trestman Says He Should Have Taken Cutler Out Earlier


In Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who was already dealing with a groin injury also injured his ankle. Despite being in pain, head coach Marc Trestman did not pull his starting quarterback out of the game until the very last drive.

Looking back, Trestman said perhaps it would have been wiser to take Cutler out of the game earlier and try his luck with backup quarterback Josh McCown. McCown has played well in Cutler’s absence, leading the team to a 27-20 victory against the Green Bay Packers in week 9. He also led the team on a last minute touchdown drive that would have sent the game into overtime if the Bears had executed the two-point conversion. Via CBS Sports:

“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 Monday, via CBS Chicago. “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.”

One reason Trestman kept Cutler in is because he led the Bears to a field goal early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Bears, Cutler couldn’t execute on the next drive and when they finally pulled him it was a little too late.