The Bears want to start exploring life without Jay Cutler as their quarterback?
Then they better explore life without Brandon Marshall, as well.
It’s a two-man package, as far as the standout wide receiver was concerned on Wednesday, and he wants nothing to change, including his quarterback’s demeanor both on the field and off of it.
“You have to be who you are,’’ Marshall insisted. “So when Jay is not fiery, that’s when I’m going to have a problem. I’m going to want to play with a different quarterback. That’s the reason I wanted to be here, that’s the guy I wanted to play for.
“We have to be productive, we have to make sure we’re communicating the right way, I’m sure there are things that we need to change, but that’s the guy I want to play for.’’
And that’s also the guy he doesn’t mind having get in his face.
Left tackle J’Marcus Webb wasn’t the only Bears player to catch the wrath of Cutler in Green Bay last Thursday. With 12:20 left in the third quarter, Cutler motioned for Marshall to come in motion. He only motioned to the slot, forcing Cutler to have to call a timeout. Angry hand gestures and yelling then ensued in Marshall’s direction.
“He had to call timeout and he just ripped me,’’ Marshall admitted. “I was like, ‘You’re right, let’s get going.’ And he got me going. So my antennas are up, and we’ll move forward.’’
As far as the criticism Cutler has been getting since the 23-10 loss to the Packers, both nationally and locally, Marshall, who spent three seasons playing with the quarterback in Denver, said it’s more about Cutler being misunderstood.
Marshall referenced a dinner the two had back in April, watching the NFL Draft and just talking about football.
“We talked about a lot; we talked about our team, we talked about winning,’’ Marshall recalled. “Pretty much everything was around winning. That conversation is basically between us, but it was basically around winning. When you look at somebody, you can see the passion, you can see where their heart is at. And it was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with anyone. We sat there for four or five hours, we shut the place down.
“[His approach is] different than Tom Brady, it’s different than Peyton Manning. Even in our personal life, when I go out with Jay, Jay doesn’t love the attention. He doesn’t. He doesn’t want to be the guy up front. He just wants to come to work and do his job.’’