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Moon has sound advice for Cutler

Hall of Fame QB says Bears offensive leader should soak up wisdom from Trestman

Fred Mitchell

6:34 PM CDT, June 7, 2013

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Jay Cutler has received well-intended counsel from coaches, former players, fans and media throughout his stint with the Bears.

Though much of the advice has been unsolicited, Cutler might be advised to pay close attention to what Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon suggests with regard to coach Marc Trestman.

That is, there's no need for Cutler to roll his eyes at Trestman at the team's mandatory minicamp next week at Halas Hall.

"Just be open-minded to what he brings to the table," Moon told me during a Hall of Fame golf event at the Glen Club this week. "He has an outstanding offensive mind. If Jay is open to the concepts and different philosophies that Marc brings to the table, he is going to have a lot of success."

Trestman arrived in Chicago via the Canadian Football League, where Moon cut his teeth as a professional before setting passing records in the NFL with the Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings and Chiefs.

"Trestman coached in the NFL for a long time (as an assistant with eight teams) before he went to Canada," Moon said for those who question the level of competition in the CFL. "He had a lot of success.

"I went against him (five) times when he was at Cleveland (quarterbacks coach in 1989, offensive coordinator/QBs coach in '89). He coached Bernie Kosar, and they went to the AFC championship game (in 1989).

"He also coached in San Francisco, and Steve Young has glowing things to say about him as far as his mind. And he also coached me in a couple of Pro Bowls. He is an offensive-minded coach, which is something the Bears have needed for a little while."

Moon, who played for Edmonton from 1978-83 after being undrafted out of Washington, thinks Trestman's experience in the CFL is a positive thing.

"There are things up there he did with the spread offense that he can bring to the NFL," Moon said. "They have been doing the spread in Canada for a long time … just because of the (increased) width of the field. … He can bring some of those same concepts to the NFL. It just makes (the Bears) more dangerous than what they already are."

Moon, now a broadcaster for Seahawks games, was a five-time Grey Cup champion for the Eskimos before becoming a nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

"I probably would still be playing if the rules were the way they are right now," Moon, 56, said with a laugh. "But they have to protect the top players in the game. They are doing a good job … protecting everybody now with head injuries being the way they are."

Moon, also a member of the CFL Hall of Fame, says Cutler has most of the pieces around him to be successful.

"The biggest thing is protecting him, keeping him upright so he can throw and be comfortable doing what he does in the pocket," Moon said. "They made some strides with that by drafting a guard (Kyle Long) and getting a tackle (free agent Jermon Bushrod).

"There are enough weapons around him with Brandon Marshall … and they also have the runner (Matt Forte) … and now they just need that one wide receiver on the other side to complement Marshall so people can't double him all the time. Then all of a sudden you have a pretty good offense."