Part of the reason Marc Trestman was the selection to succeed Lovie Smith as Bears coach was his spectrum of experience and success with offense. And with quarterbacks, specifically.
That means he ostensibly starts with credibility in the mind and eyes of Jay Cutler. That also was the case with Mike Martz, which unraveled less than two seasons into Martz’s tenure.
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But Cutler, in a contract year and on his fourth offensive coordinator with the Bears, sounds somewhat more convinced with this one.
“[Trestman’s] got a lot of ex-quarterbacks that have talked him up and preached very good about him, and rightfully so,” Cutler said on Tuesday, the first day of the Bears’ three-day mandatory minicamp. “He does a great job. I really enjoy working with him. He understands quarterbacks. He understands how to protect quarterbacks.
“He’s able to get into your mind and see what you’re seeing and think what you’re thinking and give you the best possible solutions. He’s not going to send you out there with plays that aren’t going to work or plays that are going to work against some defenses and not others. He’s going to give you a lot of answers but make sure it’s simple enough so that everyone else can understand.”
If Trestman is indeed able to get into Cutler’s mind, a question might be, what do you see in there?
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Because that is the franchise question going into 2013. If Cutler, a middle-of-the-pack quarterback to this point in his career, works successfully with Trestman, position coach Matt Cavanaugh and coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer, the organization will not be forced to go in search of a franchise quarterback.
The tone of Trestman’s comments about his quarterback point to that being the early case. Indeed, Trestman had a different take on the “lucky” one.
“I think I’m really lucky to be working with Jay,” Trestman said. “He’s putting out every day, his work ethic is unparalleled, as good as any I’ve ever been around. His detail in the offense is as good as anybody I’ve been around.
“He’s doing all the right things, he’s working at his craft, and it’s not easy when you’re starting over one more time. I applaud him. I think the team feels that, when he gets into the huddle he’s in control, as our other quarterbacks have done as well.”