Posted December 23, 2013

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to start vs. Packers

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has 13 touchdowns this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has 17 passing touchdowns this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears will start quarterback Jay Cutler for the regular season finale against the Green Bay Packers, Bears coach Marc Trestman said.

Trestman made the announcement after the Bears were routed 54-11 by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night

The game against the Packers will be for the NFC North Division title and a playoff spot.

Cutler was sacked five times and completed 20 of 35 passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception before being benched for Josh McCown in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand. 

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“We will throw this tape in the trash can,” Trestman said. “Coaches will evaluate it and make sure that we clean up the things that we can clean up for next week. I know the guys will come in excited and ready to play Green Bay on Sunday. All we can do at this point is put this one behind us, answer the questions that have to be answered as honestly as we can, and that is that.” 


25 comments
tbbully
tbbully

Mr. Rodgers will be playing in this game...and if Cobb is activated, the Pack will win with or without Lacy.

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

Jay Sanchez, I mean Rex Cutler, or is it Jay George? Anyway, he needs to sit down and make plans on the future with his new team-a team that will over pay for mediocrity with a rifle arm. 

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Should go w/ McCown, Cutler's a bum.

Cool
Cool

Mr Trestman, 

You might want to study all the things that Rex Ryan did to get himself into big trouble.  You might find that his biggest problem was not knowing when to sit a QB out because he had some delusion of him having a miraculous turnaround.  You were wrong when you started Cutler Sunday and starting him against Green Bay is an even worse decision

JustinM
JustinM

This seemed like such an easy decision to me. Cutler has never proven to be special. McCown has proven he is at worst an equal, if not a little more "solid." So how did they not stick with McCown, sign him to a two-three year deal to be the starter going forward and draft a prospect (from a deep QB draft) to back him up and eventually become the franchise QB under McCown's tutelage? Think of the money that would free up from not overpaying Cutler because of his name that could be used in so many other areas on the Bears team in FA. And it's not like playing McCown is throwing in the towel, the team still could have been successful now and set up success for the long haul. But now, they basically have to stick with Cutler and pray he ends up better than he has ever shown himself to be with little to no upgrades to the rest of the team.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

The SAD part about this game is....this is NOT the Packers 2010 team, AND.....that ANYONE from the NEW so called "Black and Blue" division, now-so-named the NFC North, will make it to the playoffs.  How quickly we in the north are now so pathetic! YIKES!


That being said.....GO PACKERS!!!

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

This is still a non-issue.  Josh McCown is a career backup.  I'm sick of sports writers trying to turn this into a controversy.  McCown was decent in his starts.  But his numbers were inflated greatly because he had Marshall, Jeffrey, and Bennet:  three big guys that can break tackles and get more after the catch.  Not to mention the fact that Jeffrey is a complete freak of nature when it comes to catching TD passes.  Seriously:  those throws to any other receiver?  Incomplete every time.


That game yesterday was lost because the Bears defense is awful and their special teams isn't much better (when your punter's first punt is barely over 20 yards and your kick returner fumbles his second return and then tries stupid fakes the next three, you aren't going to have much success).  Of the three phases, the offense can take the least amount of blame (though they still get some:  seriously, Matt Forte got taken down on a low arm tackle for a safety).


Next year, the Bears have 9 positions the need to fill:  three defensive linemen (four if they don't resign Ratliff), two linebackers (and, no, Briggs is NOT the one you keep...keep Bostic simply because this is his first year and he's done about as good as you could hope for a rookie linebacker with no support), two safeties, and two corners.  Thankfully for them there's free agency and they're a big market team.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Why wouldn't he start?  It's the better long-term decision.  The Bears aren't going anywhere THIS year so why not let the "franchise" QB prove whether he's worthy of a contract or not?  If he loses Sunday (probably against Flynn) then it's an easy decision... Starting McCown doesn't answer any long-term questions unless they already have their minds made up about letting Cutler go...

x72
x72

Trestman's in over his head

tbbully
tbbully

@JustinM From a Packer Fan...Your right...we WANT you to start Cutler...

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

@BosephHeyden Einstein, the great Jay Cutler had the same three receivers last night. He put up 11 points with them. 

clt0002
clt0002

@BosephHeyden Those defenses McCown faced were all also in the bottom third of the league. Dallas, for instance, has been making backup QBs look like Fran Tarkenton for a while now. 

Cool
Cool

@BosephHeyden Do you happen to be a Bears fan who is now living in Colorado. because I would like to know if what you are smoking is legal?

brew
brew

@BosephHeyden carrer back up means nothing, it's about what you do now w=not what you have done, look at brady and Warner. and the bad D had nothing to do with this offense putting up 11 points on a bad defense, bears knew going in they would have to score pointsso how can they take the least amount of blame? 

Sammyz
Sammyz

@Joe R2 and unfortunately, that's the real reason why he starts.  

By now everyone knows that whether the Bears make the playoffs or not, they are not going out with a bang but instead a whisper.  Use this time to evaluate your talent for next year. 

Joe R2
Joe R2

@x72 


That's funny because people were calling him a genius just last week.  I guess one week makes a huge difference...  Perhaps if they beat GB next week we'll be saying he's great again.

JustinM
JustinM

@tbbully@JustinMThat's fair. I'm actually a Phins fan, so I don't really care, just like logic. Though if I had to pick a team to win next week, I'd pick the Packers.

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

@clt0002 @BosephHeyden Cutler went 3 for 8 and one pick six against the hapless Skins before he left the game with an injury. Cutler has played his share of games against weak defenses. He has struggled in all of them.

jbs36
jbs36

@BosephHeyden Josh McCown was not decent in his three games. He was great. He threw for over 350 yards 3 times and had the 3rd highest passer rating in the league over those 5+ games. Unlike Cutler heave to Alshton Jeffrety that could have been picked off against Cleveland, McCown's passes to Jeffrey were as equally as good of a pass as it was a catch, especially the one against Dallas where he put it perfectly in the corner of the endzone. 

McCown looks better than Cutler in every facet of the game. He progresses through his reads better, he changes the play at the line of scrimmage better, his mechanics look better and he gets rid of the ball quicker without throwing picks.  McCown's throws were also more accurate.  I don't think Cutler is a bad Quarterback but he has mechanics issues that are so frustrating to watch. He forces balls in takes too long to throw the ball. 

Lastly, McCown is a much better and confident looking leader in the huddle. Cutler is always twitching his neck and looking bored or annoyed.  It gets tiring to watch. McCown should be starting this week, but Trestman doesn't have the guts to make the switch.  


Also, how can you say that the offense only gets some blame.  They went three and out in the first 3 possessions when the defense needed clearly needed a break and they needed to get sustained drives so they can keep the high flying Eagles offense off the field, not to mention the pick 6. The offense gets as much blame as anybody. 



grizzlypete
grizzlypete

@BosephHeyden @jbs36 In game two against the Vikes, Cutler threw for 292 yards and three TDs. He also had two picks and lost a fumble that went for a defensive touchdown. Cutler's mistakes almost cost the Bears that game. 


Cutler struggled against a poor Giants team. Take away Jennings' pick six and the Bears lose to the inept Giants. Cutler has not exactly been stellar against the weak teams. 

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@jbs36  That's fair, but I would point out that McCown's games were mostly against bad defenses.  His two games against the Ravens and the Rams, two average defenses, were lackluster at best.  He had pedestrian numbers versus the Ravens, a game they won because their defense actually got two interceptions and ran one back, and his numbers versus the Rams were good...but also meaningless, since a fair amount of it was garbage numbers, since they were out of it (he also threw a pick that game).

His good games were against the Redskins, the Packers, and the Vikings:  three teams with below average pass defense.  And his best game was the blowout against the Cowboys, a team with a defense much worse than that of the Bears.  I would go so far as to say that, had Cutler started those games, his numbers would be as good, if not better, simply because of arm strength and mobility (there were a number of times with McCown where he opted to throw the ball away when he just as easily could have run with the ball, which Cutler would have).

Also, just to clear something up on the Alshon pass against Cleveland:  it was a long third down, and no conversion meant that Podlesh would be punting into the wind.  Had that pass been picked off, it would have been just as good as a punt that stopped at the one yard line, since Alshon had position on both guys and would have downed whichever one intercepted the pass at the one.