Of all the talk radio I listened to Wednesday concerning the hiring of Marc Trestman as the 14th head coach in Bears history, one comment stood out for its stupidity.
It was the notion was that general manager Phil Emery, president and CEO Ted Phillips and chairman George McCaskey didn’t hire Trestman until they had the “blessing” of quarterback Jay Cutler.
Really? Could there be a better/worse example of the tail wagging the dog? I’ll spare the offender in question by not identifying him, but his last name rhymes with Shmefter.
Hopefully for the sake of Bears fans and the success of the franchise, the opposite is true. Hopefully Trestman gets the go-ahead to take Cutler to the woodshed and demand that he start improving his god-awful mechanics immediately.
Hopefully Trestman sends Cutler to his room without dessert until he makes an effort to be a better teammate and leader. Cutler’s deficiencies in those areas were hinted at Wednesday by outgoing special teams coordinator Dave Toub, a fair and honest man.
Before he left to become the special teams coordinator in Kansas City -- bad for the Bears, great for the Chiefs – Toub was asked about Cutler on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN Radio.
“There are certain aspects he needs to get better at – his leadership skills,” Toub said after praising Cutler’s physical abilities.
If we’ve learned anything from watching Cutler for four years, it’s that his bionic arm, athleticism, courage, toughness and confidence aren’t enough. Until his mechanics get better, his below-average accuracy won’t improve. And until he becomes a better leader, he won’t get teammates to follow him or elevate their level of play for him.
But Cutler has, in Trestman, the perfect teacher. Trestman can break Cutler down and build him back better than he was. He is the coach who can elevate his game, who can get him to finally, at long last, play up to his immense potential. But only if Cutler will allow himself to be coached – to accept hard coaching if necessary.
If Cutler can’t do that, then it’s time for him to go after next season when his contract is up. Then the Bears can let someone else worry about getting him to play up to his capabilities.