When asked on ESPN 1000 about a recent report the Bears are having buyer’s remorse after doling out a seven-year, $126.7 million contract to Cutler this past offseason, Marshall said:
“That's tough, man. What I would say is we all know Jay is more than capable of getting it done. It doesn't always fall on him.
“I guess that's why those guys are the highest paid players out there. Because when you win and everything is going good, they get all the glory. And when it's bad, they take more than what they should take. But I can understand that as far as a business man, I would have buyer's remorse, too."
Cutler is on pace for career highs in nearly every statistical category, yet most of that has come in garbage time. With games still at hand, Cutler has struggled mightily to consistently move the offense.
Like Marshall said, it’s not all on Cutler. Yet when you’re the highest paid quarterback in the league playing the most important position in the game with Pro-Bowl weapons all around you, and the team is averaging just 21.6 points per game, you’re going to take a lot of heat.
In no way has Cutler lived up to his contract. Marshall is saying what everyone already believes, a comment echoing Brian Urlacher, who earlier this year said Cutler is elite only in terms of his contract.
Some might find it surprising that Marshall would criticize Cutler publicly, as they’ve been teammates throughout most of their careers.
Remember though, Marshall’s anger during his post-game tirade following the Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins was directed at Cutler. On the field this year, we’ve witnessed frustrated body language from Marshall in response to poor throws by Cutler on numerous occasions. And in reality, the two aren’t as close as most believe.
So it’s not all that surprising Marshall has expressed his frustrations with Cutler this year. Like Marshall said, Cutler is capable of much more, so maybe the plan is to continually call him out until he begins playing at a higher level.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.