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Cutler says he’ll understand if Bears draft a quarterback

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The Bears appear set to enter the 2016 season with Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. But Cutler says he realizes this could be the year that the Bears draft his replacement.

Cutler told David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune that if the Bears use the 11th overall pick in the draft on a quarterback, Cutler will be ready for that.

“I would say I get it, I totally get it,” Cutler said. “At some point it’s going to happen. They’re going to get somebody else. I’m not going to play until I’m 43. I understand that. But on the flip side, I’d be like, we really could have gotten somebody who can help me right now. So that would be my two reactions. If they do it, I will help whoever they bring in as much as I could and kind of see how it unfolds.”

Cutler is coming off a season in which he had a career-high passer rating of 92.3, and at 32 years old he probably has a few more years left in him. On the other hand, if a quarterback like Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch is there at No. 11, the Bears may decide that’s not a quarterback they can pass on. If that’s what happens, Cutler sounds like he’s ready to accept it.

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  1. ninjapleazee says: Jan 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    If it’s a QB my guess would be Christian Hackenberg, but with other glaring needs, I say Bears go defense.

  2. spiffybiff says: Jan 6, 2016 8:52 AM

    Really wanted to see fales play this year

  3. bryantrulen says: Jan 6, 2016 8:54 AM

    Cutler has been a starter since frosh year at Vandy, since about 2002. I wonder how he will take being benched

  4. kcchefs58 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:58 AM

    Kudos to Cutler’s attitude. Peyton had to get over himself for a couple of weeks before he decided to help Brock. Cutler >Manning

  5. Indybear says: Jan 6, 2016 9:00 AM

    Regardless of what all the non-football Cutler haters have to say, his teammates have always respected the way he goes about his business. I don’t see that changing now.

  6. 6ball says: Jan 6, 2016 9:04 AM

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    The Patriots have been drafting and signing QBs since Brady’s rookie year. I’ve yet to hear a peep out of him . If teams haven’t realized that you need two serviceable QBs in the league, then they’ve learned nothing from the lessons of Curtis Painter.
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  7. billmiller1991 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:07 AM

    I read that whole piece. Cutler deserves some credit for the growing he’s done. I look back and still can’t believe what a jerk he was, usually for no good reason. But he has owned that period of of life and has genuinely changed his ways.

  8. bassplucker says: Jan 6, 2016 9:07 AM

    He might, but I won’t. It’s a terrible draft class for QBs and we have his rights for at least 2 more yrs yet IIRC. Focus this year’s draft on defense and OL and bring in our QB of the future next year.

  9. floratiotime says: Jan 6, 2016 9:09 AM

    The Bears are nuts if the draft a qb. I’m no Cutler fan, but he’s there for several more years. Why waste a pick now of a guy who won’t play unless there’s an injury? Lots of more critical needs.

  10. eagles1960 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:10 AM

    That’s so nice of him.

  11. vegasbearfan says: Jan 6, 2016 9:12 AM

    Why not- Cutler has a good attitude. Very few QBs can come in and start immediately with great success. Look, the best QB in football right now sat on the bench behind Farve for a long time before he became the starter. BTW- we needed a QB back then because we had sparatic Grossman and who did Angelo take at #4 instead of Rogers who went late in first round. They took Cedric Benson who was a bust. Angelo was a horrific GM- IMO, the jury is out on Pace- he stands behind his bad decision to give Marshall away for nothing, Marshall on this years team might have gotten the Bears to first round of playoffs. Even with Marshalls personality quirks, this coaching staff could have kept him in line. The Tressman crew had no respect and hence lost control of whole team, not just Marshall.

  12. ch0rn says: Jan 6, 2016 9:12 AM

    Take the BPA, if it’s a QB, nothing wrong with him sitting for a couple of years. The Cheese didn’t need a QB when they took #12 and that turned out ok for them.

  13. tommykramer9 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:13 AM

    Im sure the Bears are REAL worried about what Cutler thinks. This is the new NFL where loyalty and caring do not exist EXCEPT from the fans………. for now anyway.

  14. lionsfan0and16wearegarbage says: Jan 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    Cutler is better than Stafford.

    Cutler almost beat the pathetic Lions and all their starters with a WR and TE Crew of 3rd and 4th string caliber, hahahaha!

  15. dabearssss says: Jan 6, 2016 9:18 AM

    How very noble of him to acknowledge that the team is run for people other than himself.

  16. eazeback says: Jan 6, 2016 9:19 AM

    i really expected he’d be a lot better than he is coming out of vandy….been a fan of his since then

  17. muckey says: Jan 6, 2016 9:20 AM

    Pass rusher, DL help, 2 ILBs, 2 CBs, LT, RG, C, S, maybe another WR if Jeffery walks and the Bears would draft a QB that probably won’t play for at least 2 years in the first round? The Bears can add another 5 years until they make the playoffs if they do that.

  18. joefelicelli says: Jan 6, 2016 9:21 AM

    I would not consider either Goff or Lynch a QB you can’t pass up. I could see the Bears drafting either one if they are there, but only if A’Shawn Robinson, DeForrest Buckner, and the two OTs are gone (Tunsil and Stanley). There are so many holes on the Bears roster, and realistically, the QBs will likely be gone before 11.

  19. cfos00 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:22 AM

    In a year where none of the QBs coming out exactly look like locks and we have much, much more pressing needs at every level of defense and on the O-Line, I’d be extremely annoyed if we reached for a QB. Cutler played really well this year. It wasn’t his fault. We don’t have a strong pass rush, don’t have a number 1 corner, and could use a high end left tackle. We need all of those spots more than Cutler’s replacement.

  20. dabears62 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:24 AM

    They better think defense the first three rounds.

  21. hawks52 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:24 AM

    Marriage and fatherhood has changed Cutler tremendously. Those who don’t follow the Bears don’t see it but we in Chicago certainly do.

    (But Jay, seriously: get your kids vaccinated!)

  22. Eli Pacheco says: Jan 6, 2016 9:25 AM

    I don’t think any quarterback can be upset if his team drafts a quarterback. Remember when teams would just take “best available” players?

  23. metalhead65 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:31 AM

    unless one of those guys falls to them they would be foolish to waste a pick that high on a developmental qb. Pace has shown so far he knows what he is doing so I do not look for them to do something stupid like draft a qb other than those 2. it would be great if they could because he would not have to start right away and could get the rodgers treat treatment and sit and learn for a couple of years. but I think they will sign a young free agent or make a trade for a competent backup. they can’t do any worse than clausen or whoever the back up is now. maybe they can give Lovie a call and get Glennon for a 6th or 7th rounder. he showed potential until the qb killer became the coach.

  24. bears5683 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:57 AM

    Surprisingly many of the teams drafting in the top 10 aren’t in need of a QB. Trade cutler for a 4 and a 3 to a team like Houston or NYJ, and draft the best available QB. Pay Gase Head coach money. In 5 years bears will be a perennial SB contender.

  25. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:00 AM

    When it becomes glaringly obvious that Cutler is not the answer, does it really matter if he “understands” the need for the team to draft a QB?

  26. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jan 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    Jay Cutler had a pretty good year. He rebounded pretty well from being a walking dumpster fire last year.

  27. whereyaat says: Jan 6, 2016 10:58 AM

    Goff won’t be around at pick 11. He is probably going top 3, if not top 5.

  28. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 6, 2016 11:01 AM

    Cutler gets ripped in the media for no real reason.

    When interviewed (and if you listened to his show on ESPN radio), he’s a very cordial, mature dude with a dry sense of humor. He also does a lot of work for charity. For some reason, he’s gotten this ‘bad guy’ vibe for what? Having jerk face? Yelling at teammates? Because we’ve never seen Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers have meltdowns on the sidelines.

    He’s being a smart pragmatic person.

    That said, the QB draft is weak this year and mid to late round guys just don’t pan out (Wilson in 3rd the exception and Brady in the 6th the exception to the exception that also happened to be almost 20 years ago). The Bears have MUCH more pressing needs – D Line, ILB, MLB, Safety, CB, LT, RT, TE, etc.

  29. 509seahawks says: Jan 6, 2016 11:05 AM

    This will be Jay’s face when he gets benched😥 . Wait that’s Jays face everyday.

  30. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 6, 2016 11:05 AM

    vegasbearfan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 9:12 AM
    Why not- Cutler has a good attitude. Very few QBs can come in and start immediately with great success. Look, the best QB in football right now sat on the bench behind Farve for a long time before he became the starter. BTW- we needed a QB back then because we had sparatic Grossman and who did Angelo take at #4 instead of Rogers who went late in first round. They took Cedric Benson who was a bust. Angelo was a horrific GM- IMO, the jury is out on Pace- he stands behind his bad decision to give Marshall away for nothing, Marshall on this years team might have gotten the Bears to first round of playoffs. Even with Marshalls personality quirks, this coaching staff could have kept him in line. The Tressman crew had no respect and hence lost control of whole team, not just Marshall.

    _______

    As much as I love watching Aaron Rodgers play, I’m just not willing to call him ‘the best in the game’ this season. Yes, his line is bad and yes Nelson was out, but he looks way off. He certainly isn’t playing like it.

    As far as sitting behind a HOF and grooming for 4 years, those days are over. Ostweiler doesn’t count because that was a backup being a 38 year old.

    The only other comparison is Garropolo. He wasn’t a first rounder like Rodgers was and who knows if he’ll be anything after Brady retires.

    First rounders (which Rodgers was) are expected to join teams and make impacts immediately.

    Philip Rivers is arguably a Hall of Famer. Does anyone know who his backup is? Is it a first round pick?

  31. yourcubreporter says: Jan 6, 2016 11:34 AM

    Jay Cutler wants to mentor a young QB? That is akin to Brandon Marshall giving behavior tips to Manziel!

    Just say no.

  32. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2016 11:38 AM

    Although this opinion is from afar, it sure seemed like Cutler not only played well, but avoided all the attitude controversy garbage this year — even in a down year for the Bears. Then again, while his position on drafting a replacement QB is admirable, I’d be more interested in what he thinks about Urlacher’s new hair.

  33. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 6, 2016 11:40 AM

    yourcubreporter says:
    Jan 6, 2016 11:34 AM
    Jay Cutler wants to mentor a young QB? That is akin to Brandon Marshall giving behavior tips to Manziel!

    Just say no.
    _______

    And you know this why? Because he yelled at Jamarcus Webb?

  34. metalup666 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:50 AM

    Almost, we almost made it through a thread without seeing the never used term “dumpster fire!”

  35. doug1grohlin says: Jan 6, 2016 12:01 PM

    I’ve been a supporter of Jay since he’s come to the Bears. I’m glad he’s still here and will be here. The truth is the majority of his time was squandered here, much like the old defense. The smart thing to do is draft his replacement and let him sit and learn. Not this year though, there’s too many needs. Not to mention, after this year Jay’s contract gets much cheaper.

  36. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 6, 2016 12:02 PM

    This article was paid for by the Green Bay Packers.

  37. brettsdaddy11172010 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    I am no fan of Jay Cutler but for now he’s the best (only) option at quarterback for the Bears since they’re financially married to him for another 2 years. This years draft (and free agency) HAS TO BE focused on improving the defense!!! The old addage still rings true…”defense wins championships”. If you have a good/great defense that can make an average offense look better and hide a lot of flaws. I do agree that the Bears should add some depth along the o-line and at the skill positions (especially at QB…they need a solid backup in case anything happens to Cutler…physically OR emotionally/mentally) but they need STARTERS all over the defense. No more 1-year wonder free agent retreads, legitimate star caliber starters who are young enough to be a big part of the Bears future. Look, I realize we can’t stack every position with a pro bowler but Pace definitely needs to add bona-fide play makers to this defense if this team is expected to improve upon this year, he has about $60 million in cap space and while he shouldn’t put all his eggs in one basket he can’t settle for average players to fill the holes in free agency. I also know Pace’s preferred method is to draft the “best player available regardless of position”…that may work some years when you have a well rounded team that just needs some tweaking but this team has glaring holes (mostly on defense) that need to be filled and I don’t care if the #1 WR is still on the board when the #11 pick comes up…if the #2 or #3 linebacker is still there he would help fill a significant hole and make the defense better form Day 1. Save the BPA route for when this team has a balanced offense and defense but until than Pace can’t continue to choose offense over defense like he did in last years draft (6 picks and 4 were on offense including the 1st rounder with only 2 for defense). If he focuses 90% of free agency and the draft on fixing the defense than the Bears should be well on the way towards respectability and a possible playoff berth!!!

  38. daflabear says: Jan 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    Connor Cook in the second round if he’s still on the board, which I doubt.

  39. ditkainyourbutkus says: Jan 6, 2016 12:52 PM

    that first pick better be a linebacker

    I’m sick of watching this defense be pathetic

  40. mrkbuilders says: Jan 6, 2016 1:16 PM

    Cutler is the single most average QB in the league’s AVERAGE tier of Quarterbacks. He couldn’t be any more middle of the road. For every pin point TD is a heart breaking INT. He will never do anything of note in this league. On the bright side, he could star in the CFL…….maybe.

  41. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 6, 2016 1:21 PM

    He’ll understand it … but that won’t keep him from crying on his pillow.

  42. meltuckersfreerelease says: Jan 6, 2016 1:46 PM

    For what anybody in this league is getting from the QB position nowadays, he’s not overpaid. The Bears were one of the better coached teams in the league this year (with the exception of real-time game management), meaning – the talent blows. If Jay Cutler is in Arizona this year he’s MVP material. So I give him a lot of credit for being a real pro, particularly this year, and these comments are just one example.

    That said, I would lose my mind if the Opie and Floyd The Barber show drafted a QB at #11. Nobody out there and we have so many needs.

  43. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 6, 2016 1:53 PM

    kcchefs58 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:58 AM

    Kudos to Cutler’s attitude. Peyton had to get over himself for a couple of weeks before he decided to help Brock. Cutler >Manning
    __________________

    Cutler’s attitude? Nothing’s happened yet so it’s all talk. You’ll see Cutler pout like a baby if the Bears draft a quarterback.

  44. toonsterwu says: Jan 6, 2016 2:36 PM

    That’s the right attitude for Cutler to take, and my gut reaction is that he’s being sincere, as the talk on how he’s dealt with other QB’s on the roster, wherever he’s been at, has always been positive in terms of his willingness to help and go about his business.

    To be quite honest, I’m going to be surprised if the Bears splurge a first round pick on a QB right now, though. The roster doesn’t seem equipped for that situation. I do think they’ll bring in another QB, possibly to take Fales spot and groom, but with so many major needs, the first round seems tough. My thinking is that Pace is going to want to build up the supporting cast, so when a young QB is thrust in there, he won’t be at a disadvantage. Let’s face it …without Cutler, and with many other QB’s … the offense would’ve been far worse this past year. The weapons simply weren’t consistently available, and the offensive line arguably still needs help.

    Add in the major defense needs (namely pass rusher, secondary), and it’s just hard to see them make a move in the first. Not impossible, but tough to see. Now, if someone like Christian Hackenberg or Connor Cook is available in the middle rounds (2nd-4th), I could definitely see the Bears jumping all over that.

  45. privatecowboy says: Jan 6, 2016 4:39 PM

    oh boy…the Bears are not taking a QB in the 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round or 4th round. Maybe in the 5th round if someone like Connor Cook were to drop, but day one and two of 2016 draft will be the best defensive player available heavy for the Bears.

    Goff and Lynch both are not 1st round talents and would only go on day one to teams desperate for a quarterback.

  46. iowahbr says: Jan 8, 2016 9:24 AM

    Now that the Bears season is over is there a special NFL rule we don’t know about that requires players from non play-off teams to say anything to the press?

    Get some linebackers, an O linemen, and a fast DB or safety.

  47. nwqfk says: Mar 6, 2016 3:33 PM

    All Cutler ever cared about, more than himself, was getting the ‘big contract’ no matter how it hurt the Bears. He got that (for whatever the reason) and of course has no problem making his NFL exit.

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