Martellus Bennett and Michael Bennett have a reputation of speaking their mind without holding much back.
In an interview with Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine, former Bears and current New England Patriots tight end (Martellus) and Seattle Seahawks defensive end (Michael) took a shot at Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
"Worst quarterback in the NFL," Michael said.
Martellus — Cutler's former teammate in Chicago of three years — wouldn't go that far, but still had some criticism directed toward his former quarterback and one that helped him reach the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2014.
"I'd be open and he'd throw into double coverage," Martellus said.
Could Martellus be suffering from a case of amnesia?
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In three seasons in Chicago, Martellus never finished lower on the Bears than third in total receiving targets. He averaged 101 targets per season with the Bears, a number he never came close to reaching in his first four years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys — his high in targets was 48 in 2010 — and in his one season with the New York Giants in 2012 he compiled 90 targets.
Despite missing five games in 2015 and with the emergence of Zach Miller at the tight end position, Martellus was still targeted 80 times for an average of 7.3 per game (eighth highest among NFL tight ends).
As for Michael, you have to take everything he said in the interview with a grain of salt.
He called Sam Bradford "the greatest quarterback in the NFL" and "a real Joe Montana."
Obviously Michael was being sarcastic with his thoughts on Bradford, which could be the case with his criticism of Cutler. However, if there's one person that shares the opposite opinion as the Bennett brothers of Cutler it's New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
In an interview with ESPN's First Take, Marshall labeled Cutler as an MVP candidate in 2016. Ironically, this isn't the first time Marshall predicted an MVP season for Cutler. The last time he did? The Bears failed to live up to expectations and Marshall was traded to New York the following offseason.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?