Marc Trestman Could be Just What Jay Cutler Needs
The Chicago Bears have a problem in quarterback Jay Cutler, but general manger Phil Emery may have finally done something to fix it. When the Bears announced Marc Trestman as their new head coach, Cutler was one of the first to say how excited he was to work with a “quarterback’s coach” because even he knows his struggles are something he can’t overcome on his own. Trestman has had success with previous NFL quarterbacks–namely Rich Gannon–so the Bears are hoping that under Trestman, Cuter can take them to where Gannon took the Oakland Raiders–the Super Bowl.
In six years as an NFL starting quarterback, Cutler has thrown a frightening 95 interceptions to just 127 touchdowns, which less than a 2:1 ratio. Successful quarterbacks need at least a 3:1 ratio if not more than that. Of course, it’s hard to be a successful NFL quarterback behind the offensive line the Bears have fielded recently, but it’s Trestman’s job to fix that.
The Bears’ offense was fifth-worst in the NFL last season, which is inexcusable considering they brought in new weapons in receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Michael Bush. Still, nearly half of Cutler’s 3,033 passing yards and 19 touchdowns went to Marshall, which means he has no one else to which to throw the ball. Another glaring problem was Cuter’s 14 interceptions, which is something Chicago is hoping Trestman can fix.
Again, Trestman is a quarterback’s coach, but he has his work cut out for him. Cutler is talented, but for a player who’s been under as much scrutiny as he has, there won’t be any overnight fix. However, Chicago is all in on Trestman to do just that. No pressure, Marc.