Report: Jay Cutler has been benched

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that quarterback Jimmy Clausen will over Jay Cutler for the Bears this Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Jay Cutler has been benched and that Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback when the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday.

“Stunner from Chicago: Bears starting QB Jimmy Clausen this week, per source,” Schefter tweeted.

On Monday Night Football, analyst Jon Gruden said the Bears should bench Cutler. Head coach Marc Trestman was asked about that today.

“Jon certainly has a right to his opinion,” Trestman said. “Each and every week we go through our evaluations all the way around and as I said, Jon's got a right to his opinion.”

The move raises questions about Cutler’s future in Chicago. He’ll cost the Bears $19.5 million against the salary cap if the team cuts him next year. Yet his clear regression this season may be compel the organization to eat that money and cut ties.

Trestman said today he’s failed to get the most out of Cutler, who leads the league with 24 turnovers.

“That’s evident I haven’t, up to this point,” said Trestman. “Am I working at it? Yes. But we’ve seen moments, but we haven’t done it on a consistent basis. I can’t hide from that. I haven’t been able and we haven’t been able to do the thing that we want to get done. We’re working towards that. But the answer to that is obvious. I’m trying to give you the most truthful answer and that is, we’ve seen moments of it, but it’s not where we need to go. It’s not where we need to be.”



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of 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.

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