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Trestman stands by his decision ... sorta ... maybe

Steve Rosenbloom

The RosenBlog

8:55 AM CST, November 12, 2013

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How many times can the Bears' rookie head coach be wrong about the same decision?

Early Monday morning, Trestman told WBBM-AM 780 that after viewing video of the Bears’ 21-19 loss to the Lions on Sunday he might’ve taken out his injured, erratic starting quarterback in favor of Josh McCown, but only one series before the Bears’ last possession.

That’s when Trestman finally inserted the healthier and mobile McCown, who was coming off a win in Green Bay, you might’ve heard.

Later Monday at Halas Hall, however Trestman said he had “no regrets’’ about his decision Sunday.

Maybe Trestman forgot what he said earlier. I’m the same age as the Bears coach, so, yeah, remembering all the way back to breakfast when you’re past lunch can be a task, especially when they won’t let you take a nap.

Or maybe Trestman regretted voicing a potential regret earlier. My advice would be: If you’re going to pick a lane, pick the right one.

Or maybe Trestman is covering for something else. Like, who’s making which decisions?

Cutler said he asked Trestman and McCown how he looked during the game, then Cutler added that he was the one who decided McCown should direct the last drive because of the need for mobility. Wait, who’s the boss of Cutler?

Meanwhile, Bears guard Kyle Long told WXRT-FM 93.1 on Monday that Cutler was “dinged up coming into the game.’’ Maybe I was wrong in thinking Cutler was 100 percent because he was medically cleared to play.

Trestman also said Monday that Cutler’s mobility was limited because of a high ankle sprain suffered in the second quarter, not the torn groin, even though Cutler could be seen grabbing at the area during the game. Grabbing at the area a lot. Maybe Cutler was doing his Miley Cyrus.

I guess I’m going to need help connecting some of these dots, just like the Bears quarterback whisperer might need a new optician.

On Monday, Trestman said his gauge was whether Cutler could throw accurately, with velocity, and move in the pocket. The coach saw Cutler doing all that Sunday.

I saw Cutler throwing inconsistently. I saw Cutler go only 4-for-12 in the third quarter. I saw Cutler complete only 9 of 21 passes in the second half. I saw his mechanics going and taking the Bears offense with them.

Plus, Cutler couldn’t move. Trestman admitted Monday he had to eliminate an important part of the Cutler playbook because of Cutler’s gimpiness, while Cutler admitted Sunday he wasn’t getting enough on some of his throws. Bad, meet worse.

This gave the Bears the best chance to win?

No, it didn’t, and it was a costly decision for a lot of reasons. Trestman cost his team a chance to beat a divisional rival, improve its playoff tiebreakers, and vault into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Instead of putting his team in position to win, Trestman kept his team in the same frustrating, devolving position to lose.

And apparently would pretty much do it again.

This sounds like double-talking Lovie Smith saying last year he made a mistake in a critical decision but would make it all over again.

Mommy, make it stop.

Trestman stood by his decision. Sorta. Maybe. Depends when you talk to him.

Trestman gets paid to make the big decisions. No, wait, Trestman gets paid to be right. He has been right a lot this season. A lot. He has given the Bears a big-boy offense.

He also has a million more decisions to make to get the Bears into the playoffs against a weak schedule this season and ultimately lead the Bears to a Super Bowl championship. Trestman can’t let those decisions be as bad as the one Sunday.

And Monday.