The Chicago Bears, having lost to the Dallas Cowboys last week, will face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football next week. Here’s some of the latest updates:
Bears have ‘buyer’s remorse’ in Cutler
During he offseason, the Bears were widely criticized for giving QB Jay Cutler a seven-year, $126 million contract with $54 million in guaranteed money.
Now, the Bears’ management have a “serious case of buyer’s remorse,” according to a new report from NFL.com.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport claims that the Bears were considering “benching him during Tampa Bay game.”
“According to Rapoport, there is serious doubt within the organization that Cutler can lead them where it wants to go — namely, the Super Bowl. Rapoport added that one big problem for Cutler comes in the run game, in which he too often does not check out of bad plays — a reason for ground issues in Chicago,” NFL.com says.
The report claims there’s “frustration” in how Cutler has been playing.
Trestman firmly supports Cutler
Coach Marc Trestman noted that “there’s a lot of noise out there” about the Bears, via the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
“We’re all aware of that. And when you get away from (Halas Hall) for a few days, you know how much noise is out there,” he said.
“Jay Cutler, as long as he’s been healthy, has been the guy who we’ve had in there and have wanted to play,” he said. “There’s been no (indecision) there.”
Trestman says that his relationship with Cutler is fine.
“We talk daily,” Trestman told the paper. “I think he has a very good understanding of how we feel about him.”
Tucker out next season?
The Bears this season are performing abysmally on defense: they’re dead last in points allowed with 29.1, 28th in yards allowed, and 30th in pass yards allowed.
As a result, there’s been rumors and speculation that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is on his way out next season.
NFL Network again reported on Sunday that Tucker will be gone.
“Barring significant improvement, I’m told the #Bears plan to part ways with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker after this season,” said reporter Ian Rapoport on Twitter.
Trestman didn’t respond to questions about Tucker’s job security. “All we’re trying to do here is get our football team in a position to where we can be better on Monday night (against the Saints),” he said, via the Tribune.
Marshall done in 2014
Receiver Brandon Marshall won’t play another snap this season.
He was officially placed on injured reserve, according to a report from NBC Pro Football Talk on Monday.
The veteran receiver suffered broken ribs and a lung injury against the Cowboys.
He was taken to the hospital after the injury. Reports on Monday said that he’s out of the hospital.
Marshal caught 61 passes for 721 yards this season–his lowest totals since his rookie year.