By Charlie Roumeliotis
After the Bears hired Marc Trestman and his West Coast offense in the offseason, Jay Cutler said it takes about three years to fully understand and run a new system.
Through the first five games this season, Cutler admits he and the entire offense are still getting used to it.
"We're going to continue to have growing pains," Cutler said on The Jay Cutler Show on ESPN 1000 with Waddle and Silvy Monday. "It's an ongoing process. There's never going to be a day where [we stop having growing pains]. You just continually try and get better."
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He continues by noting the year differential in his time running the West Coast offense and Drew Brees, to put the growing pains into perspective.
"The Saints are ahead of us," Cutler said. "We run similar offenses. Drew [Brees] has been in it for eight years. We've been in it for eight months. ... We're doing everything possible for ourselves to get better each week and that's all we can control at this point."
Chicago's offense does, however, average 29 points per game, which ranks amongst the top four in the NFL.
Are they ahead of schedule in picking up Trestman's offense?
"Yes and no," Cutler said. "I don't think we knew exactly what we we're going to have. I really like our personnel on offense ... we have really good pieces, we just need some more time to [gain] experience."
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Trestman didn't sugarcoat the Bears' 26-18 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. But he did say the team, as a whole, is getting "closer" at becoming a more well-rounded football team.
Cutler shied away from using the same word Trestman did, but Cutler echoed his remarks along the same lines.
"We're headed in the right direction, for sure," Cutler said. "We got better coming out of the game, even though we lost."