Cutler returns after missing the last four games due to a high-ankle sprain. McCown powered the offense in his place, boasting a 66.8 completion percentage, 13:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and seven consecutive games with a passer rating over 90.0.
The high point came Monday, a 45-28 win in which McCown dissected an overmatched Dallas secondary. As Chris Wesseling pointed out that night, McCown's late-bloomer act recalls memories of Rich Gannon, who Trestman once helped turn from a journeyman to league MVP.
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Trestman is showing loyalty to his opening-day starter, and it worked in Cutler's favor that he was playing well before thumb and ankle injuries sidetracked his season.
McCown passed his audition with flying colors and has given Chicago plenty to think about with Cutler headed toward free agency. Now Cutler gets his turn to make a statement about his importance to the franchise.
He's fortunate, too. Not every coach would be so willing to go away from a hand as scorching as McCown's.