Bears coach Marc Trestman ‘felt it was the right time’ for Jay Cutler benching

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Bears fans won't have a chance to boo Jay Cutler in this weekend's home finale against the Detroit Lions.

That's because he's being benched.

Bears coach Marc Trestman addressed the decision Thursday, saying he met Wednesday with the team's quarterbacks and then with general manager Phil Emery, and implying that it was his call.

"For the present moment, I think this is in the best interest of our football team," Trestman said.

Trestman said he "felt it was the right time" because of the inconsistency of the offense after the Bears' two November wins over Minnesota and Tampa Bay. The Bears were blown out in losses at Detroit and at home against Dallas and New Orleans.

Asked about his previous endorsements of Cutler as the starter, Trestman said: "I changed my mind."

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Cutler followed Trestman to the podium and said he was "shocked" when he learned of Trestman's decision.

"Shocked at first and then disappointed," he said. "I didn't see it coming."

When asked whether he could play for Trestman next season, Cutler said, "Yes. ... I definitely think I could. I think we'd have to figure some things out in the offseason."

On Sunday, backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen will make his first start since 2010. He only started ten games during his rookie season in Carolina, throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Cutler has underperformed for most of this season after leading an offense that ranked second in the NFL last year.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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