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Bears Jay Cutler wishes Tom Brady good luck with Martellus Bennett

Bears Jay Cutler wishes Tom Brady good luck with Martellus Bennett

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.”

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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