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Bears Fire Head Coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery

Dilip/Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Marc Trestman's short but rocky tenure with the Chicago Bears ended on Monday. The team has fired him after just two seasons on the job, along with general manager Phil Emery.

Trestman was billed as an offensive guru after he was a successful assistant coach in the NFL as well as a head coach in the CFL. He had won two Grey Cups in the CFL as a head coach during his time with the Montreal Alouettes.

Despite his credentials, the Bears' offense struggled mightily this season, ranking 21st overall in total offense. The defense fared worse, ranking 30th in NFL this past season.

Trestman went 8-8 in his first year with the team, but went just 5-11 in 2014.

It wasn't all Trestman's fault, as Emery failed to adequately build the roster back up following the firing of Lovie Smith. He came under fire for the team's poor defense along with the massive extension to quarterback Jay Cutler, who struggled mightily this season and was even benched at one point.

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Jay Cutler Benched

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Jay Cutler will be the backup quarterback when the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions Sunday.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that Jimmy Clausen would start over the NFL's highest-paid offensive player on Sunday.

Cutler just signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract with the Bears this past off-season.

"Certainly it was not an easy decision," Trestman said. "In my mind those types of decisions never are. As I told our team today, this doesn't void us of our offensive struggles that we have or the team struggles that we have by making this change. And I think our guys are well aware of that. But for the present moment, I think this is in the best interest of our football team."
It may be true. The 31-year-old Cutler currently leads the NFL with 24 turnovers. The Bears are also one of only four teams that hasn't scored at least 30 points in a game this season -- the Jaguars, Raiders, and Titans are the others.

Now Clausen, who is 1-9 as a starter in the NFL, takes over.

"I think we need a lift at quarterback. I think we need a spark," Trestman said. "The weight of the world should not be on Jimmy Clausen. He's going to get an opportunity to play and I'm hoping that against a very, very good defense there will be some response from our football team."

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Report: Bears to Start Clausen Against Lions

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- The Bears will bench Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen as Chicago prepares to face Detroit Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Chicago is making the switch after Cutler leads the NFL with 24 turnovers and has shown a clear regression in head coach Marc Trestmann's offense.

"Our whole football team isn't where it needs to be," Trestmann said, during Wednesday's press conference when talking about the offense.

"Quarterback's always going to be the guy to get looked at, no doubt about it. We all can do better."

Clausen, 27, a second round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2010. He was 1-9 in his rookie season before the Panthers drafted Cam Newton first overall the next season.

Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million contract extension this offseason, that also saw the team allow back-up quarterback Josh McCown leave for Tampa Bay.

McCown signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Buccaneers after completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception in eight games with the Bears last season.

Turmoil has taken over the Bears organization as player outbursts and anonymous criticisms have been the focus of the 2014 season. After a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 19, wide receiver Brandon Marshall could be heard from the team locker room calling out teammates for a lack of effort.  Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was discovered to have been an anonymous source in a story that criticized Cutler and his poor performance.

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Lions Prepare for Bears on Thanksgiving

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETRIOT) -- Thanksgiving Day football will kickoff with the Chicago Bears traveling to the Motor City to take on their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions.

Detroit (7-4) is coming off a 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

"[We've] got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. "[It's a] tough Chicago Bear team that we're about to face who's won two games in a row."

Chicago (5-6) is coming off a 21-13 win over Tampa on Sunday and are well aware of the challenges of playing during a short week.

"It's something that's universal throughout the league," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "Everybody's playing Thursday night games. We've all had experience in putting gameplans together."

Trestman knows that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be looking to erase a tough day on Sunday.

"We know what they have talent wise offensively," Trestman said.  "That'll be a challenge for us."

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Trestman: Cutler Must Play Better

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Bears head coach Marc Trestman believes his quarterback Jay Cutler needs to do a better job moving forward, but isn't considering benching him just yet.

Cutler and the Bears are coming off a 55-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

"He didn't play well enough [Sunday], and we didn't play well enough," Trestman said on Monday. "I'm certain he'd take accountability for that. But it's very clear he did not play well enough [Sunday]. We can't sugarcoat that. At the same time, we didn't play collectively well enough as a team."

Cutler has completed 66.4 percent of his passes, thrown 10 interceptions, and five fumbles as the team prepares for the Vikings.

"Jay's got to play better," Trestman said.  "He's got to play better, but he can't do it alone. He's got to play better just like the rest of us do."

The Bears signed Cutler to a seven-year contract in January and the first three years of the deal are worth 18 million, but the team can cut him after 2016 without salary ramifications.

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Bears Suspend Bennett for Training Camp Fight

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(BOURBANNAIS, Ill) -- The Chicago Bears fined and suspended tight end Martellus Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team after getting in a fight with cornerback Kyle Fuller during practice Monday.

"Last night (Monday), we made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time," Bears general manager Phil Emery said. "This is a process that we're working with Martellus. We are in contact with him. Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He's a very loved and respected teammate. We want him back, but it's a process we have to work through."

The 27-year-old Bennett pushed and then body-slammed Fuller after Fuller tried stripping the ball from Bennett during Monday's training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University. 

Bennett had to be calmed down by teammates. The situation led to head coach Marc Trestman to end practice early.

"Everybody talks about friendships, but really we are all preparing to win a championship," Bennett said. "If we make friends along the way, cool. But I'm just trying to help the Bears win a championship and do the job to the best of my ability."

No details were released on the length of the suspension or the amount of the fine Bennett received.

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Lance Briggs Cleared to Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago's Lance Briggs was medically cleared to play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia. The Bears linebacker had missed the last eight weeks recovering from a fractured shoulder suffered on Oct. 20 at Washington.

Though Briggs is eligible to compete against the Eagles, it is unsure as to how much he will be on the field. Friday was the first time that Briggs competed in practice fully after working in a limited capacity on both Wednesday and Thursday.

"We'll list him as questionable up until game time," said Chicago head coach Marc Trestman. "He'll work out before the game, and we'll see where he's at."

The Bears (8-6) can clinch the NFC North championship with a win as well as losses by both Green Bay and Detroit. Briggs will provide an added boost the leagues worst rushing defense as they get set to take on the NFL's leading rusher in LeSean McCoy.

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Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler Will Start on Sunday 

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Jay Cutler is healthy, and just as promised by head coach Marc Trestman, he will be the team's starting quarterback this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler had missed the previous four games after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain back in Week 10.

While Cutler's return should be a welcomed sight, some are wondering if the team should have left backup quarterback Josh McCown as the team's starting quarterback.

Since talking over for Cutler, McCown has been one of the best quarterback in the NFC. While appearing in seven games this season, the 34-year-old McCown has completed 66.8% of his passes while throwing for 1,809 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just one interception.

"We have a very close quarterback room," Trestman said. "Everybody knows our situation. There was never a doubt that this was the direction we were gonna go. We said that from the beginning. Josh did a tremendous job filling in as the backup. Jay's healthy and ready to go and will play on Sunday."

Cutler is in his fifth season with the Bears, and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

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Cowboys Not Focusing on Rough December Record

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys (7-5) are hoping to end their December struggles on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.

Since Tony Romo took over as the starting quarterback in 2006, the Cowboys own a 13-17 record in December.

"It'll be a good football game," Romo said.  "It'll be a good test, it's gonna be a tough environment."

The Bears (6-6) are still in the thick of the NFC North race and understand the importance of Monday night.

"There's a whole lot of football to be played. We show signs of having enough to finish, of playing offensively well enough to finish, of doing things we need to get done," Trestman told the Bears' official website. "But we haven't done it on a consistent basis over the last month. We've got to start on Monday night and do that. That was the message: Let's worry about what we can control and that's being at our best on Monday night against the Cowboys."

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett isn't concerned about the rough December record under Romo.

"You hear me say this all the time, but we're focused on winning one game," Garrett said. "We want to play one good ballgame. That's really what we're focused on. We'll let everyone else figure out what the history of the world is."

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Bears Top Ravens in OT, 23-20

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- After a two hour rain delay to start the game, Robbie Gould's 38-yard field goal put the Bears (6-4) over the Baltimore Ravens (4-6) 23-20 in overtime on Sunday.

The teams were ordered to head back to the locker room as heavy rain came down and the wind picked up prior to the start of the game.  Fans were ordered to take cover until the delay was over.

Matt Forte scored on a 14-yard screen from Josh McCown to put Chicago up 20-17 with 10:33 remaining, but Justin Tucker hit a 21-yard field goal at the end of regulation.

McCown finished the game 19 of 31 for 216 yards with a touchdown.

The Bears had dropped their last four of six games coming into Sunday.

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