Remember watching Jay Cutler throw the ball to Brandon Marshall? That was fun times when the Chicago Bears offense was supposed to take off. It kind of feels like what we thought would happen with the 2019 team, but that never came to fruition either.
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler’s relationship goes beyond the Chicago Bears though. The two started playing together in 2006 for the Denver Broncos. The two were rookies but hardly played that season. Cutler started five games, while Marshall started only one but played in 15.
The two connected often though in 2007 and 2008 before the Chicago Bears sent two first-round picks, a third-rounder and Kyle Orton to Denver for Jay Cutler. I remember celebrating “Happy Jay Cutler Day” and still think the move was the right call at the time. Cutler was the closest thing we have seen in Chicago to a franchise quarterback. Injuries aside, Cutler was the team’s starting quarterback for eight years. Hard to believe, I know.
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler reconnected in 2012 when the Chicago Bears sent two third-rounders to Miami for the star wideout. In Chicago, Marshall continued his dominance. He was a Pro Bowler in 2012 and 2013. He had a solid year in 2014 too despite playing hurt and missing three games. Needless to say, the Cutler to Marshall connection was one of the best ones I have seen in my life while watching the Bears.
Brandon Marshall discussed his relationship with Chicago Bears ex-QB Jay Cutler
Despite the great on-the-field connection between Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, it was not always unicorns and rainbows. The two definitely seemed to have a love/hate relationship. Marshall discussed his relationship with Jay Cutler on 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt.
While playing Kyle Brandt’s game, Marshall was asked to choose a quarterback he played with who he would want to go on a mandatory, 10-day, cross-country road trip. Marshall weighed his options of Russell Wilson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, Kyle Orton and Jay Cutler. Although he said Ryan Fitzpatrick was his favorite quarterback to play with, he chose Jay Cutler as his road trip buddy.
Marshall went on to say that the two would have a great time, probably get pulled over, tell on each other, maybe even have a fight on the side of the road. Marshall compared the two of them to Dumb and Dumber. If that is not a great combination, I do not know what is.
Later in the podcast, Marshall discussed how he and Cutler tried to reconnect during quarantine, but that has since gone cold. He also talked about if the two had more playing time together, they would have gone down as the deadliest QB/WR duo in the history of the league. Their goal was always to break Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison’s record of 144 connected touchdowns. That would have been an amazing feat had it happened while playing for the Chicago Bears.
This was a great podcast and worth a listen. Marshall discusses topics like mental illness, Joey Porter and how boxing has impacted his life. Make sure to give it a listen.