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Marc Trestman: Maybe I should have taken out Jay Cutler earlier

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Josh McCown, right, did well in replacing Jay Cutler. (USATSI)
Josh McCown, right, did well in replacing Jay Cutler. (USATSI)

Already bothered by a groin injury, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler injured his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Lions, and though he clearly was hampered by it late in the game, Chicago coach Marc Trestman kept his starting quarterback in the game up until the final drive.

Now, looking back on it, Trestman said perhaps he should have inserted backup Josh McCown into the game earlier. After all, McCown played well when Cutler missed games in Weeks 7 and 9, and he performed solidly Sunday, leading the team on a last-minute touchdown drive that would have tied the game if the Bears had converted the two-point conversion.

“I went through the tape closely this morning and watched Jay's performance, and I thought he did well into the fourth quarter,” Trestman said Monday, via CBS Chicago. “But at the end of the day, you know, if we had to do it all over again, maybe it would be one series before the two-minute drill.”

In that series, which began with 6:20 to play in the game, the Bears were losing 14-13. Running back Matt Forte lost a yard on first down, and Cutler missed passes on second and third downs to force a Chicago punt.

On the ensuing Lions possession, Detroit scored a touchdown to build an eight-point lead. That's when Trestman replaced Cutler with McCown.

But one reason Trestman stayed with Cutler is because he led Chicago to a field goal early in the fourth quarter that could have been more if Alshon Jeffery hadn't bobbled a pass in the end zone that probably should have been caught for a touchdown (it initially was ruled a touchdown, but replays overturned it).

"[Cutler] made the play that he needed to make,” Trestman said.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Cutler couldn't follow it up on the next drive. Something Trestman didn't realize until much too late.

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