With friends like Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler doesn’t need any enemies. During an appearance to promote mental health issues on MSNBC, Chicago Bears wide receiver, and Cutler’s best buddy Brandon Marshall made a bold prediction about the status of his injured quarterback:
“I predict Jay Cutler will be back in two weeks,” Marshall said during a visit on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to promote his recent mental health advocacy efforts. “They say four to six (weeks), but we got the right people around Jay right now. So we’ll get it done. Two weeks.”
I’m all for hoping for the best, but putting these kinds of statements out publicly puts a lot of undue pressure on Cutler. I actually thought the same things when Marc Trestman first talked about Cutler’s injury, “I’m going to tell you it’s a minimum of four weeks.” Why not put a wider time frame or a min and max on it. If Cutler isn’t back in four weeks – or worse two weeks in Marshall’s estimation – people will call out Cutler.
Granted, these are the usual trolls and haters out there that are always looking for a reason to dog Cutler. They’re the same idiots who think the Bears should be running Cutler out of town after Josh McCown’s first touchdown pass.
For once I’d like to see the Bears’ PR staff put him in a position where he doesn’t look like he’s soft. They totally bungled his torn MCL injury from the NFC Championship game in 2010. Now, they put a 4 week timeframe on his torn groin. Sure, they used the words “at least” and “week to week” but those are lost. All people remember are 4 weeks. Now you have Brandon Marshall rushing him along and putting a two week window on it.
If I were Cutler, who will be a free agent after this season, I’d be damn sure that my groin was 100% before setting back in the field. What if he rushes back to face the Lions in a couple of weeks and Ndamukong Suh does more damage and Cutler misses the rest of the season? Cutler owes it to himself and Bears fans alike to be fully healed before setting foot on that field.