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How Trestman Managed His QB Situation

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Like Chip Kelly, Marc Trestman is in his first year as head coach of the Chicago Bears. And like Kelly, Trestman had to make an important decision regarding the quarterback position.

Kelly awarded Nick Foles the starting job for the next 1,000 years after he led the Eagles to three straight wins in place of an injured Michael Vick, which included a seven-touchdown performance in Oakland. Foles is 6-2 as the starter this season and has the Eagles in first place in the NFC East.

Trestman's starting quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a high-ankle sprain and missed four games. Enter Josh McCown. He won two of his four starts and had three games with at least 348 passing yards and a 100 quarterback rating. He threw nine touchdowns against just one interception in that span. His final game, a 45-28 rout of Dallas, featured five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and a 141.9 passer rating.

However, Trestman decided to go back to Cutler instead of ride the hot hand.

"I made a decision after he got hurt that he was going to play as soon as he was ready to play," Trestman said. "I don't think I was adamant about it. I was just doing what I said we were going to do."

Cutler rewarded his coach's faith by throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-31 win over the Browns.

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