BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the first time during training camp practices, the Bears’ quarterback was the target of questions on Wednesday.
It was his previously scheduled news conference day, so the inquiries were no surprise to Jay Cutler. But he might have been caught off guard by a few arrows tossed at him by a former player and some flowers by another.
Former Bears and current Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett told ESPN that r”I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage.” In the same article his brother Michael Bennett, a defensive lineman for the Seahawks, said that Cutler is the worst quarterback in the NFL.
Meanwhile former Bears and current Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said on ESPN’s “First Take” that Cutler could be the NFL’s MVP if he has a healthy group of receivers during the 2016 season.
As one might imagine, Cutler was asked first about Bennett’s comments during his news conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Wednesday.
“I’m not gonna really get into that,” said Cutler when asked about the comments and if the Bears chemistry was better off without Bennett. “Most receivers and tight ends are always open so hopefully Tom (Patriots quarterback Brady), I guess, can do a better job of finding him than I did.”
The immediate follow-up question to Cutler was about Marshall’s comments.
“You can’t please everybody, we’re at both ends of the spectrum here,” said Cutler. “We wish both those guys good luck. I had fun playing with them here. That’s just kinda how it goes, guys go to different teams and we wish them both the best of luck.”
Marshall might feel a little better about Cutler considering he caught 279 passes and 31 touchdowns during his three seasons with the Bears. Bennett didn’t have much to complain about either considering he caught 208 passes in his three seasons with the Bears, including a career-high 90 in 2014. The tight end had 14 touchdowns in a Bears uniform before being traded to New England this offseason.