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Jay Cutler urges Bears to keep Mitch Trubisky on bench

Jay Cutler
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

Jay Cutler was kicked out of Soldier Field and into the broadcast booth this offseason. Now an outsider, he left the Chicago Bears with a piece of advice while speaking with ESPN 1000 Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy: don’t play Mitch Trubisky.

Every bad team that drafts a quarterback intending to sit him for a year and let him develop goes through the same thing: their current quarterback struggles, the team gets off to a bad start and suddenly, it makes sense to play the rookie.

Why not? At least he’s something different and playing him will do more for development than sitting him, the logic goes.

The Bears don’t have high expectations this season with Mike Glennon under center and they won’t get much higher with Trubisky. After trading up to select him at No. 2 overall in a move many derided as stupid, however, the pressure will be on to play Trubisky.

But, as Cutler says, the Bears shouldn’t succumb to it.

When it comes to bad quarterbacks, teams often change things just for the sake of changing them. The Bears did it a couple times last season before they had no choice but Matt Barkley. The San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns did it as well. The problem is that going from one bad quarterback to another does nothing but placate a fanbase until 1:00 on Sunday when the new guy goes out and is just as bad as the old.

Let Trubisky develop, for real. They paid Mike Glennon a lot of money — he deserves a year while Trubisky develops, no matter how bad you think he is. It’s not as if the Bears are passing on a chance to contend, and it’s better in the long term to let Trubisky learn on the bench.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.