Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) lays on the field with an apparent injury against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Marshall Predicts Jay Cutler Will be Back in Two Weeks

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.


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  • John Mack

    Boomer, I think you’re missing the story within the story; which is system evaluation and the personnel to perform in that system. Going back to the 2010 NFC Championship game, no one talked about Cutler’s lackluster performance prior to the injury. Whether that was due to physical effects of having the injury (which we didn’t see nor can we really determine) or just not preforming well, even now, no one mentions his performance before going down. I’m neither a doctor nor a coach, but my eyeballs saw ineffective performance in that Championship game.

    Fast Forward to October 20, 2013 @ FedEx field. The offense (once again) looked sluggish and lethargic. Maybe we would have woken up from this slumber…maybe not. I think this injury offered a convenient out, to evaluate how different personnel respond in Trestman’s system. By NO MEANS do I think McCown is better than Cutler. There’s a reason Josh is a backup (career TDs 38-44 for starters). But my eyeballs showed me fluidity when McCown came in. Granted, the opposing defense did not study tape on McCown. Whether the Bears were marching or going 3-and-Out, the consistency and fluidity of McCown operating Trestman’s system was present. So I think this allows Trestman to evaluate if it’s his system or if it’s his QB personnel. If over the next four weeks McCown at least goes down fighting and never looks sluggish or the game plan never seems to stall, both Emery and Trestman are going to have to decide whether to sign back-on with the Cutler program or draft a 1st rd. QB and let that draftee sit for a season or two. We already know a rebuild is coming this offseaon (with 24 of 53 players in contract years).

    The story within the story to me, is personnel evaluation. Jay gets time to heal, sit back and take another perspective in watching Trestman’s system operate. Sometimes we gain a clearer vantage when observing as opposed to being directly in the fire. The doctors give their recommended minimum time frame, the coach looks concerned in not rushing his QB back under center, and the coach also gets to see how his personnel responds with a different leader. Keep your eyes peeled this next 4-5 weeks. If there is fluidity in the operation of the system, that could spell the end for Cutler. Remember, Trestman didn’t bring this guy in. He signed on and is working to improve the QB position but doesn’t necessarily have direct loyalties to Cutler (even though it’s been reported that Cutler aided in the coaching selection).

    Just like that NFC Championship, no one is talking about the story within the story.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Really good points J Mack. I always enjoy your feedback and comments. I would point to the 2010 NFC CG and also caution you that Caleb Hanie’s performance in that game has some similarities to McCown’s performance on Sunday against the ‘Skins. Teams were not prepared for the backup coming in off the bench. Now that GB and Detroit have tape on McCown, let’s see if he still performs at a high level. If that’s the case, a case could be made – COULD BE MADE – that Trestman has quarterback-proofed the offense and his system isn’t as dependent on Cutler. Either that, or we’ll figure out that Cutler is no damn good and we’ll be in full rebuild mode. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the rest of this season and what is sure to be a very interesting offseason.