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Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler in team’s best interest, may save QB’s career

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Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman on Thursday stepped to the podium for the first time since the announcement that quarterback Jay Cutler had been benched for the 5-9 team’s game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Trestman mentioned — as head coaches are wont to do in these kind of situations where no answer truly tells the entire story — that sitting Cutler Sunday was “in the best interest of our football team,” per a Chicago Tribune report.

Trestman insisted the decision to bench Cutler was his and his only, but that it was made after conferring with general manager Phil Emery.

When asked how the decision to start Jimmy Clausen as opposed to Cutler contradicted his previous support for his former starting quarterback, Trestman simply stated, “I changed my mind.”

“I felt it was the right time, Trestman continued. “We need some better play at the quarterback position. We need better play from all our players.

“I think we need a lift at quarterback. I think we need a spark.”

Cutler has done himself no favors at times with his on-field demeanor — nor has he made the case that he should continue to be the starter — especially as of late.

In his past three games, all Bears losses, Cutler has thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions and his three-interception performance in Monday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints was particularly bad, passing for only 194 yards while failing to complete 55% of his passes.

Trestman made the bold decision  Thursday to declare that benching Cutler may be just what the much-maligned quarterback may need to resurrect his career, which in and of itself is a surprisingly sudden development.

Cutler, who signed a 7-year, $126 million deal in the offseason, has made the startling and rapid transformation from the team’s franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future into a player the team could very well cut ties with after the season.

“I can’t speak for Jay but I know him well, obviously this is not a good time for him,” Trestman said in an attempt to put a positive spin on sitting Cutler. “I’ve seen careers revived from moments like this … and I really feel like Jay will do that.”

Whether that happens while wearing a Chicago Bears uniform is another story altogether.

(photo credit: Benny Sieu/USA Today Sports)