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Speaking Thursday, Jay Cutler said he hopes to remain with the Bears beyond 2014, but admitted that it's "definitely" crossed his mind that he may have played his final game in Chicago.

Admitting he was disappointed by the first benching of his football-playing career, Cutler was realistic about his future in the Windy City. Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million deal will get labeled as impossible to trade, but that's not necessarily true in a league so starved for quarterback talent. It will only take one team to believe it has what it takes to jump-start Cutler's career. Releasing Cutler isn't a realistic option for the Bears, as they'd absorb $19 million in dead money. Cutler is due a fully guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015.
Dec 18 - 3:29 PM

Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman left the door open for benched QB Jay Cutler to start in Week 17.

"This is for this week," Trestman said. "We're not going any farther than our preparation for Detroit." Trestman is clearly trying to keep Cutler's spirits up, but barring a total face-plant from Jimmy Clausen, we'd expect Cutler to remain on the pine for Week 17. Trestman went on to say he believed Cutler could be "revived" from the benching, hinting he's expected to remain the team's quarterback in 2015. That's probably an honest belief, but it's unlikely to be Trestman's decision to make. Clausen doesn't give the Bears a better chance to win than Cutler, but leading the league in turnovers and regressing on a weekly basis, Cutler has little room to complain about being benched.
Dec 18 - 3:05 PM

Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16 against the Lions.

The Bears benched Jay Cutler, leaving Clausen to make his first start since 2010. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, Bears players believe Clausen will "light it up" in Marc Trestman's quarterback-friendly scheme "simply because he'll run the offense as prescribed." Clausen has potential for plug-and-play value in the Bears' pass-based attack, but gets a difficult first matchup against the Lions. He'll be no more than a QB2 option and daily-league dart throw in Week 16.
Dec 17 - 7:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Week 16 against the Lions.

The Bears are benching Cutler just 14 starts into his seven-year, $127 million extension. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, coach Marc Trestman felt he could no longer start Cutler "simply to justify a contract" when his on-field play was so poor. Cutler regressed in his second season in Trestman's offense, leading the NFL in turnovers (24). Owed a fully guaranteed $15.5 million next year, the Bears' only option is to trade Cutler this offseason if they want to move on from him. Chicago would absorb $19 million in dead money by releasing Cutler before 2016.
Dec 17 - 6:41 PM

CBS Chicago's Dan Bernstein reports Bears coach Marc Trestman is expected to be fired at season's end.

Per Bernstein, GM Phil Emery's fate remains "undecided." Trestman was an exciting coaching prospect after a promising rookie year, but his offense has gone in the tank while his defense has completely gone off the rails. His offensive coordinator was caught serving as an anonymous source ripping quarterback Jay Cutler. Perhaps Trestman's fate would be different were Cutler playing better, but it's hard to see him getting a third year in the Windy City.
Dec 16 - 3:54 PM

Marquess Wilson caught three passes for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

Filling in as the No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery, Wilson was targeted six times. His one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter came on a little drag route in the front of the end zone. Most notably in the fantasy community, the score won Drew Dinkmeyer of RotoExperts $1 million in a DFS tournament. Wilson could have had a bigger night, but Jay Cutler missed him deep on what would have been a long touchdown. Wilson will be a WR3/4 next week against the Lions.
Dec 16 - 12:18 AM

Martellus Bennett caught four passes for 36 yards in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

He was targeted six times, but Jay Cutler completed just 15 passes. It was an ugly night for the entire Chicago passing offense. Bennett did secure a two-point conversion, though, following Marquess Wilson's one-yard touchdown. Bennett gets the Lions in Week 16. He went 8-109 against them on Thanksgiving.
Dec 16 - 12:12 AM

Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

He was targeted a team-high nine times on a night Jay Cutler completed only 15 passes. Two of Jeffery's grabs, 42 of his yards, and a garbage-time seven-yard touchdown came on the final drive in a 31-15 whooping. Jeffery was locked in Keenan Lewis' shadow coverage for much of the night, but was assigned CB Brandon Dixon on the touchdown. Jeffery will be a high-end WR1 against the Lions in Week 16, but he needs Cutler to play better.
Dec 16 - 12:05 AM

Matt Forte rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

He added two catches for 21 yards. Forte was easily the Bears' best player on Monday night, but coach Marc Trestman didn't give it to him enough, even with Jay Cutler playing horrifyingly bad at quarterback. Forte had no problems picking up handfuls of yards any time he touched the ball. Life won't be easy for Forte in Week 16 against the Lions. On Thanksgiving against Detroit, he managed six yards on five carries with six grabs for 52 yards.
Dec 15 - 11:54 PM

Jay Cutler completed 17-of-31 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Bears' 31-15, Week 15 loss to the Saints on Monday night.

The matchup couldn't have been much better for Cutler, but he predictably went all DGAF on us and took seven sacks, missed open receivers, and turned the ball over another three times. Both of his touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter. He hooked up with Marquess Wilson for a one-yard score to bring the score to 24-8, and then found Alshon Jeffery for the garbagiest of garbage-time touchdowns from seven yards out with 30 ticks left on the clock. Cutler leads the NFL in turnovers and gets to face the Lions' tough defense in Week 16. He managed 280 yards and a 2:2 TD:INT ratio against Detroit on Thanksgiving, but this Bears team has lied down since then.
Dec 15 - 11:42 PM

Bears declared K Robbie Gould, S Chris Conte, OL Michael Ola, DE Trevor Scott, DT Brandon Dunn, QB David Fales, and CB Terrance Mitchell inactive for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Saints.

Jay Feely will handle kicking duties for the second straight week with Gould battling a quad injury. DT Jay Ratliff (knee) is active and will start on the inside.
Dec 15 - 7:21 PM

Bears K Robbie Gould (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Gould practiced on a limited basis after sitting out last week. Jay Feely will handle kicking duties if he doesn't return against the Saints.
Dec 13 - 4:14 PM

Bears promoted QB David Fales from the practice squad.

The Patriots reportedly made an offer to Fales, so the Bears had to add him to their roster. Fales will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen.
Dec 13 - 3:16 PM

Bears placed ILB Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

He hadn't played since Week 8. The former Texans fourth-round pick compiled 13 tackles and a quarterback hurry in 108 defensive snaps this season. Rookie QB David Fales was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Dec 13 - 11:41 AM

Bears OC Aaron Kromer admitted to the team on Monday that he was an anonymous source in a recent NFL Network report criticizing Jay Cutler.

That would be Ian Rapoport's "serious buyer's remorse" report, though a "tearful" Kromer "adamantly denied" making the buyer's remorse comments. Whatever Kromer did or didn't exactly say, it's a stunning admission, and indicative of Raiders/Redskins-level dysfunction in Chicago. It's appearing less and less likely that coach Marc Trestman is going to keep his job. Not only has his defense collapsed, but his once-prolific offense has bordered on unwatchable many times over the past 5-6 weeks. Kromer's unprofessional act is going to earn him sideways glances the next time he's looking for a job.
Dec 12 - 12:50 AM


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