Trestman admits failure with Cutler

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman says he hasn’t coached quarterback Jay Cutler to his potential.

Throughout his career, Chicago Bears head coach has been able to get the most out of nearly every quarterback he’s coached. From Bernie Kosar to Vinny Testaverde to Steve Young to Rich Gannon, Trestman’s coaching history is filled with quarterback success stories.

Yet over the past two years in Chicago, Trestman has failed to do the main thing he was hired to accomplish: coach Jay Cutler to his potential.

Cutler currently leads the league in total turnovers (24), which speaks volumes to his regression under Trestman this season.

Asked today if he felt he’s gotten the most from Cutler, Trestman was honest.

“That’s evident. I haven’t up to this point,” said Trestman. “Am I working at it? Yes.”

Cutler’s struggles this year, along with those of nearly every other position on the team, have resulted in one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. At 5-9, Cutler and the Bears are going backward and have been in reverse for nearly two months.

“I can’t hide from that,” Trestman said. “I haven’t been able and we haven’t been able to do the things that we want to get done.”

Due in large part to Cutler’s poor play this season, the consensus around the Windy City is that Trestman will be coaching his final games as head coach of the Bears over the next two weeks.



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of 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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