Rich Gannon, Steve Young, Scott Mitchell.
They are all QB’s that have had great success under Marc Trestman. If Trestman can do wonders with Scott Mitchell than how can Jay Cutler not benefit from his new coach's tutelage?
Does he really want to be that guy?
Since the Bears acquired Cutler there has been much hand wringing over the expectations that have fallen short. Some of those expectations may have been too lofty to begin with.
I for one didn’t expect Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady like too many have. I just was hoping for the Cutler that went to a Pro Bowl in Denver.
For so many reasons this is where the road turns.
Trestman will bring with him an offense that should make Cutler feel very comfortable. The west coast offensive roots that were used in Denver will be there in principle.
Trestman is also known to emphasize protecting his QB along with using a moving pocket, something Cutler has thrived in using his athletic abilities.
Cutler seems to understand the opportunity he has again to learn from a real offensive mind, reminiscent to when he first came into the league.
“It's a great hire," Cutler told the team’s website. "I couldn't be more excited. I've talked to guys around the league and did my own research on him. He's an offensive mind, a great person and a guy that's going to come in and hopefully lead us to many victories in the future.
"He's been successful wherever he's been. He's from the West Coast coaching tree, which I'm familiar with. It's what I came into the league with with Shanahan, so I'm looking forward to it.
"He understands quarterbacks. He understands their thought process and the minds of quarterbacks and what we have to go through. It's going to be a quarterback-friendly system and I can't wait to get started with him."
Young also thinks this is Cutler’s chance to finally shine in Chicago.
"He can be as good as anybody if he wants to be," Young said. "But you need the platform to find out how good you are. I was in a platform in Tampa Bay [early in his career] where you are not going to find out. Then I got to San Francisco, and now I'm going to find out. I might find out that I still stink. I might suck at it, but I'm going to find out. ...
"You realize, 'I've been in purgatory, quarterback purgatory. I've been in a lot of places in the league where the quarterback is in purgatory.' You get discouraged, especially when you see others doing things and you think, 'That would be a platform I would love to have.' … I've got to believe that when Jay sees it, he'll see it as the greatest opportunity of [his] life."
The unfavorable circumstances for Cutler since he has been in Chicago have been well chronicled.
Poor protection, underwhelming wide receiver talent, 3 different offensive systems in 4 years, the excuses have all been there. Now Cutler has the offense that he should thrive in and his personal number one wide receiver.
With the recently stated franchise QB on his last year of his deal, this hire will determine once and for all if he is worth any more of an investment from the Bears.
No more time for excuses, the clock is ticking on this thing.