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Bears’ Marshall says Jay Cutler is “misunderstood” by media, critics

Bears receiver BrandMarshall quarterback Jay Cutler chsidelines second quarter Chicago Bears-Denver Broncos game Thursday August 9 2012 Chicago. | Tom

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler chat on the sidelines in the second quarter of the Chicago Bears-Denver Broncos game Thursday August 9, 2012 in Chicago. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 18, 2012 5:00PM

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall gets it and he doesn’t. While he understands why media and analysts have piled on quarterback Jay Cutler for just about everything, he continues to disagree with what they’re saying.

Cutler was asked Thursday about the recent comments former quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Phil Simms made about him on television. Bradshaw was critical and pretty personal with his critique, while Simms described Cutler as mean, but in a good, passionate light.

“I get it,” Marshall said not long after Cutler’s press conference ended with Chicago media. “I think Jay says it best: Where we are today with the technology and all the competition -- look today, with so many news outlets [here at Halas Hall] -- [there’s] so much competition to sell papers or have better ratings, sometimes you have to get some of the juicy stories.

“The negative stuff unfortunately sells. Sex sells. That’s just where we are in our society today. So Jay is an easy target because he plays with his emotions on his sleeve. I think he’s misunderstood.”

Marshall said he’s tired talking about Cutler and the scrutiny he’s always under.

“I can’t wait to see, when it’s all said and done, the legacy he leaves behind and how the stories are going to be written differently,” Marshall said. “So I’m excited about where we are today. But we have a long way to go. When it’s all said and done, short-term, I’m going to sit back and that’s when I’m going to pick up the papers and watch the news and see how they’re talking about Jay Cutler and the Bears.

“Right now it’s a grind day by day, week by week. Now we have the Lions and it’s another step closer to our ultimate goal.”

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