A source close to Mark Block, the head of both the Mark Block agency and the Jay Cutler Foundation told The Sports Bank this morning that the Chicago Bears are likely to move in a different direction. This information was brought to my attention today before the home loss to the Green Bay Packers in the regular season finale. The defeat obviously eliminated Cutler and the Chicago Bears from playoff contention.
It’s very public knowledge that Bears GM Phil Emery is not a huge fan of Jay Cutler. He’s not Emery’s guy. He didn’t draft, sign or trade for him. That’s not news.
My source said that the team feels Cutler’s five year body of work has been enough of an evaluation period. Jay has had four different offensive coordinators during that five year span. This news does give a somewhat plausible explanation for Cutler’s tone at his weekly press conference this past Thursday. He was perceived by some in the media to be rather terse and clipped with his responses.
Although, one person really enjoyed Cutler’s mannerisms during the presser.
I was also told this morning that the organization will likely move to retain Josh McCown and focus on rebuilding the defense in the NFL draft in May. There was no indication that the Bears have any interested in drafting a quarterback in 2014. Sources also said that the Bears are possibly interested in pursuing Matt Schaub.
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Cutler’s favorite wide receiver, Brandon Marshall said the opposite after the game, telling the media “Jay will be back. You know how I feel about Jay. That’s my quarterback. We’re attached at the hip.”
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