It Doesn't Make Much Sense That Jay Cutler Is The Only Bear Being Held Accountable

It Doesn't Make Much Sense That Jay Cutler Is The Only Bear Being Held Accountable
Quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen and David Fales during the first training camp practice. Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

Marc Trestman has made his decision.

With two games remaining in the season, backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen will earn a start this Sunday in Detroit and not Jay Cutler.

This move makes little sense money and personnel wise. As we all know Cutler signed a massive seven-year, $126 million extension this off-season with $54 million in guaranteed money.

He earned $38 million this season, while he is set to cash in on $15.5 million next season no matter where he plays.

Unfortunately, Cutler hasn’t been very good this season, but either has the entire Bears offense. Cutler leads the NFL with 24 turnovers (18 interceptions and six lost fumbles) in 14 starts this season.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Cutler has averaged a turnover in every 33.3 snaps which is the third worst mark among active players.

His top two receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have battled injuries for a good portion of the season, while the offensive line has been moving players around much too often which has hurt the rhythm of the offense.

Trestman’s decision to bench Cutler in favor of Clausen was ultimately his and he says it was a pure “coaching decision” at that.

He said he was very disappointed in last week’s performance against New Orleans where the offense converted just two of 12 third-downs. The previous two weeks they got beat, but he said the games against Detroit and Dallas were competitive in the first half.

“This is performance based only. We haven’t been getting enough out of our quarterback,” Trestman said in Thursday’s presser. “It starts with me.”

Cutler will be active as Clausen’s backup and Trestman went on to say that this move is for this week and that the team isn’t going any further than their preparation for the Lions.

The 31-year-old Cutler had this to say when asked if he thought he had played his last game with team: “Yeah, it crossed my mind.”

Trestman was very adamant that he believes that Cutler’s future is still bright in this league.

“I’ve also seen careers revived from moments like this. I really expect Jay will do that.”

As a true pro and competitor Cutler admitted that he didn’t take the decision very well as he didn’t stick around to ask questions.

Cutler on Trestman’s decision: “Shocked at first and then disappointed. I didn’t see it coming.”

But he said he could play for Trestman next season.

Cutler made it known that he would like to stay with the Bears and that he’d rather be winning games than making as much money as he is right now.

“Security of the contract is nice, but I’d trade that for reversing our record and playing better football, Cutler said. “I would like to stay here. I really love the guys in the locker room that I get to play with.”

Clausen, who hasn’t started a game since the 2010 season with Carolina has completed three of nine passes for 42 yards in three brief appearances this season.

It seems unclear what the future holds at the quarterback situation for the Bears. Clausen likely isn’t the future either is rookie David Fales, but Cutler seemed pretty unsure about his future here as much as he said he wants to be back.

“You sign a seven year deal and you think you’re going to be here a while,” Cutler said. “Still hope that rings true.”

This Bears team has gone from bad to worse very quick. They can’t wait for this 2014 letdown season to be over.

It’s hard to tell what exactly will happen next, but the offense will look awfully different with Clausen under center than Cutler, who admitted he could have played better this season.

Thoughts on this head-turning move by Trestman and the Bears to bench Cutler? Make sure to comment below.


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