Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestman has decided to start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler at quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Cutler started the first 14 games of his sixth season with the Bears, completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,640 yards, 28 touchdowns and an NFL-high 18 interceptions.
He has fumbled 12 times as well, losing six to lead the league in overall turnovers.
"This is performance-based only," said Trestman during a news conference on Thursday. "We're not getting enough out of our quarterback."
Trestman added that this decision is for this week only and he will re- evaluate heading into the final week of the season.
"We're not playing well enough at the quarterback position on a consistent basis," added Trestman.
Cutler said Thursday that he wants to stay in Chicago and can see himself working with Trestman in the future.
"I would like to stay here," said Cutler. "I really like it here. I love the guys in the locker room. This is where I'd like to be."
Clausen, who was signed to a one-year contract in June, hasn't started a game since 2010 while with the Carolina Panthers. He has thrown nine passes in three games for Chicago (5-9) this season, completing three.
Before this season, the former Notre Dame star hadn't appeared in an NFL game since playing 13 for the Panthers as a rookie after he was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft.
The Bears enter Sunday's matchup having lost three straight and six of their last eight games.