BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Martellus Bennett produced the best year of his career (2014) with Jay Cutler as his quarterback, catching 90 passes and winding up in the Pro Bowl.
Now with the New England Patriots after the Bears traded him away this offseason, Bennett joined brother Michael, a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks, in denigrating Cutler.
Michael declared Cutler the "worst quarterback in the NFL,” while Martellus claimed, "I'd be open and he'd throw into double coverage."
Considering that Cutler targeted Bennett 128 times in 2014, or about one-fourth of all Cutler’s attempts, Bennett’s declaration is…interesting.
But Cutler declined to fire back at either of the Bennetts, instead hoping that Martellus’ current quarterback – Tom Brady – would be better at finding the always-open tight end.
And as for whether the chemistry of the offense is better off without the volatile Bennett, “I don’t know,” Cutler said. “I’m really not gonna get into that. Most receivers and tight ends are always open.
“So hopefully Tom I guess can do a better job of finding him than I did.”
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On the other end, former teammate Brandon Marshall mused that Cutler could be the league’s MVP this year.
“You can’t please everybody,” Cutler said. “We’re at both ends of the spectrum here. We wish both those guys good luck. I had fun playing with them here, and that’s just kinda how it goes. Guys play for different teams, and we wish them both the best of luck… .
“I don’t know, man. I could say something clever and smart, but I’ll just pass.”