Jay Cutler agrees with Brandon Marshall’s ‘accountable’ remarks
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns December 17, 2012 2:44PM
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler in warm ups. Carolina Panthers vs. the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, October 28, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
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Jay Cutler has Brandon Marshall’s back.
A day after an emotional Marshall declared after the Bears’ 21-13 loss against the Green Bay Packers that “everybody involved in offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs,” the Bears quarterback said he agrees with what his favorite target said.
“I don’t view what we just heard [from Marshall] as a bad thing, by any means,” Cutler said Monday during his weekly radio show on WMVP-AM (1000) with ESPN’s “Waddle & Silvy. “I don’t see it that way. I don’t see it as a detriment to the team or his ability to play the rest of the season.
“He probably wishes he would have chosen his words a little bit differently. But other than that, I agree with ‘B.’ Everybody needs to be held accountable. I don’t think he meant too much with the jobs things. I think he was talking more [about the] players.”
Cutler said he kind of saw Marshall’s strong comments coming.
“Yeah, Brandon, he’s an emotional player and sometimes it carries over after the game just like all of us,” Cutler said. “I know he was pretty disappointed in this one. AS we kind of passed, I was like, ‘B, calm down. It’s going to be all right.’ He said, ‘I got it.’ And he went up there and said his one line and left. He had it under control.”
“I’m not surprised by it at all. I’ve played with ‘B’ a number of games and a number of years. I know how important it is to him. I know what it means to him. You need 11 guys like that. You need guys that it matters it to them -- they take it personally. It’s something that they don’t like to do - they love to do. That’s what makes ‘B’ so great. That’s why I love playing with him.”
After the loss Sunday, the Bears rank 29th in total offense. The Bears have lost five of their last six games and in those six games they’re averaging 14.1 points per game. They averaged just under 30 points per game in their first eight games and that turned into a 7-1 record.
Cutler completed 12 of 21 passes for 135 yards, a touchdown and an interception against the Packers. Only three players caught passes for the Bears: Marshall (six catches, 56 yards, TD), running back Matt Forte (five catches, 64 yards) and running back Armando Allen (one catch, 15 yards).
“Offensively, we’re just kind of searching right now,” Cutler said.
Cutler said more than once he doesn’t see Marshall comments as something that will hurt the team, crediting Marshall’s leadership and maturation.
“Those first couple years in Denver, we’d probably be heading down a rocky road right now,” Cutler said. “I talked to him last night. He was still upset. He was still passionate just like myself and some of the guys on the team. He’s going to be fine. He’s going to come to work. He’s a professional about it. I’m sure Wednesday he’ll be working with Alshon [Jeffery] trying to raise his level of play.”
As for all the talk about changes being in store for the Bears, Cutler said he knows it’s out there.
“But I can’t worry about it,” Cutler said. “No one on the team ... can worry about it. We’ve got bigger problems. We’ve got to win these next two games and see where everything falls out. None of those decisions are up to me or really any other players.”