The Chicago Bears entered week four with a perfect record. After a defeat by the Detroit Lions, they left with some question marks. Quarterback Jay Cutler committed four costly turnovers including three picks and a fumbled returned for a touchdown. But, head coach Marc Trestman is not panicking, nor will he.
“Obviously you don’t want to make [mistakes],” Trestman said according to the team’s website. “Those are key moments. There are plays just like that we’ve seen him make the last three weeks and they just didn’t happen [Sunday]. I’m hopeful that we’ll make the corrections and move forward, and I believe we will.”
One positive to bring from this quote is that he is right about Cutler in previous weeks. He had made some of those exact same plays in the first three games, but failed to make them in week four. Knowing anything about Trestman and his knack for quarterbacks, I think Cutler will be able to bounce back with the help of his head coach.
Trestman also noted something interesting in which many experts and critics probably overlooked because, well, it is Cutler we’re talking about.
“It’s Game 4. I looked around the league yesterday and a lot of quarterbacks made a lot of mistakes. It was one of those days. We don’t want to make them. That doesn’t put us in a position where we feel we can make them. That’s not the case. But I’m encouraged. I see him do so many things in practice, moving his feet and doing the right things.”
Trestman is right. Just look at the defending Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco who threw five picks in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. Russell Wilson, quarterback of the NFC favorite Seattle Seahawks, ended with a rating of just 49.7. Andy Dalton ended the week with a rating of 58.2. Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, continued to struggle ending the week with a 64.8 rating.
Overall, there were eight other starting quarterbacks who had a lower rating than Cutler did in week four. An additional six quarterbacks failed to end over the 85.0 mark. For about half of the league, this was not their quarterback’s brightest day. It appears Trestman is a smart man.
The fact Trestman is not panicking over his quarterback is a positive sign heading into the coming weeks. He’s noted to be one of the smartest men in the league, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. If he’s confident Cutler will bounce back, then so am I. After all, his long list of accomplishments would fail to prove me otherwise.