Coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer are challenging quarterback Jay Cutler. It’s as if they want to see the lows more than the highs as if they want to see his frustrations boil over.

“We’re trying to keep Jay Cutler uncomfortable as we sit here” Kromer said.

“We threw a ton of stuff at him” Trestman said.

That included a bunch of new plays in red-zone drills and the use of multiple snap counts. It’s just another indication of how high their expectations are for Cutler.

Not only are the Bears building around Cutler — “We’ve got a better squad on offense” Cutler said Tuesday — they’re seemingly determined to empower him.

It has been argued that Cutler might be better off if he’s given more control especially considering some of his success last season came when he had it late in games.
Now that theory is being tested.

When Rich Gannon blossomed into an MVP quarterback in 2002 for the Oakland Raiders he said Trestman who was his offensive coordinator gave him three plays and let him decide which one to use. A similar plan is in the works for Cutler.

“[Trestman is] giving us the limitations on what we can do audible-wise and those type of things” Cutler said. “Whatever it takes to get us in the best play that’s his thing. So if we’re in a bad play and we get to a better play that’s all for the better of the team.”

“I don’t want to make any statements like that” Trestman said when asked if Cutler performs better with more control.

It’s obvious that Cutler still needs to earn Trestman’s full trust.

“We have such a long way to go” Trestman said “and it is a process.”

Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said all quarterbacks are better off if you “give them some latitude” but only “if they know what they’re doing.”