The stars of the NFL are a part of their own brotherhood, with a mutual admiration and respect shared across teams and positions.
The Bears haven’t had too many players part of the upper echelon of the NFL, but they traded for one in Khalil Mack to start the season.
Players on other teams admire his greatness, as evident by his post game exchange with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who signed his game-worn jersey for him following Monday night’s contest.
As the Bears' QB for eight seasons, Jay Cutler knows a thing or two about the highs and lows of playing in Chicago. Cutler recently appeared on the podcast “Pardon My Take” to offer his advice for Mitch Trubisky on how to handle the media this offseason.
Former Bears QB Jay Cutler on what kind of advice he would give Bears QB Mitch Trubisky.
Cutler seems to be echoing Matt Nagy’s previous statements this season, where he advised his players to drown out the media by donning “horse blinders and earmuffs.”
Of course, this plan of action is always easier said than done, as the Pardon My Take hosts acknowledged on the pod by reminding Cutler, “but he’s reading this right now.”
Cutler elaborates on this by explaining that while you will always be aware of what people are saying about you, the more Trubisky can distance himself from it the better his head space will be going forward.
“A young guy like him, being in Chicago, it’s a tough town, the expectations were huge,” Cutler says. “You watch some of his press conferences and could tell it really bothered him.”
Cutler explains that while you will need to know what people are saying about you to do press conferences, Trubisky shouldn’t seek out the media beyond that.
“I wouldn’t go online and find this stuff out, but go to their PR guy before a press conference and be like, 'Alright, what do I need to know?'”
You can listen to the full podcast or watch Cutler discuss Trubisky on YouTube here.
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At this week's Super Bowl Radio Row, The Ringer's Robert Mays, one of the most high-profile Bears fans in sports media, went on the Under Center Podcast to talk all things Chicago football.
With all eyes on the Bears' quarterback situation this offseason, Mays provided some insight into what Bears' fans should expect from the upcoming weeks and months:
"I don't think you have to make a determination now, but I think you go into free agency wanting to get another option. I think you should try to find someone and try to go in with the motivation to find someone. How much they're willing to pay? I think that's the bar you have to set right now. I think that number will ultimately determine their thinking. It will display their thinking. If they go in and offer Phillip Rivers $20 million, you know they don't think Mitchell Trubisky is the guy. If they go offer Marcus Mariota $5 million, then it's much more of a nebulous spot."