McCown supports Trestman as a leader

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown, who returns this week as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, says he's surprised Marc Trestman's leadership is in question.

The Chicago Bears are 4-6 and have little hope of making the playoffs. As a result, head coach Marc Trestman's leadership has been called into question.

Dating back to OTAs and into training camp, there have been numerous fights between players on the practice field, there was a locker-room explosion instigated by Brandon Marshall following the Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Lamarr Houston tore his ACL doing a sack dance a week after he told fans to "eat dirt" on Twitter, Marshall recently threatened a Lions fan on Twitter and was not punished, and somehow defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis are still employed.

Trestman's seat has gotten hotter by the week and if the free fall continues, he'll be a strong candidate for a postseason pink slip.

It's a situation that surprises Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown, who played under Trestman in Chicago last season.

"It is a little surprising," said McCown, whose Buccaneers will head to Soldier Field this Sunday. "I’m not in that room now, so I don’t know if things have changed or whatever. As far as how I understood and what I understood last year, I felt like he was consistent with his message."

Under Trestman, McCown had his best season as an NFL quarterback. He started five games, played in eight, and finished with the second highest QB rating in the league (109.0) and a 13/1 TD/INT ratio. In 2013, the Bears were one play away from a playoff berth, so for McCown, what has transpired this season in Chicago is befuddling.

"That’s a hard thing to do is to stick to your guns and to stick to what you believe in right in the midst of turmoil or things that aren’t going your way," McCown said. "I appreciate that from Marc and I felt it last year and I think it was one of the main things that helped me play at the level I played at. If that’s the case, it surprises me."

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Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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