After throwing three interceptions in Week 15, to bring Jay Cutler’s NFL-leading turnover total up to 24, the Bears finally decided enough was enough, and they benched him for Week 16 against the Lions.
There’s no doubt that Cutler has been pretty bad this season, and head coach Marc Trestman’s career in Chicago is probably over partially because of Cutler’s play. But Cutler is currently the highest-paid offensive player in the NFL, according to ESPN, and you can’t just make him a $17,500,000 clipboard holder.
”I think that’s evident I haven’t up to this point. Am I working at it? Yes. We’ve seen moments, but we haven’t done it on a consistent basis. I can’t hide from that.” — Marc Trestman
With weapons at every turn, including the best pass-catching running back in the league in Matt Forte, and three 6-foot-5 pass catchers in Brandon Marshall (now out for the season), Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett, Cutler couldn’t figure it out.
Live Look at Jay Cutler: pic.twitter.com/l9ois6TzR4
— Pierre The Pelican (@PelicanPierre) December 17, 2014
Could this possibly have anything to do with ESPN’s Jon Gruden saying that Cutler should be benched? No doubt, it probably made sports radio in Chicago a little more lively, but Trestman is just grasping at straws at this point, hoping to save his job for 2015.
Is tying your future to Clausen, who will be making his first NFL start since 2010, a better move? Something tells me there’s more to this story that we’ll be hearing about in the coming days and weeks.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 17, 2014