Jay Cutler isn’t expected to the Bears starting quarterback in 2017, whether for reasons financial ($16 million), results (seven Bears Bears seasons, one postseason, two winning years) or performance (76.2 passer rating through his two games, one TD, two INTs). And given the chance this week to express either confidence in or desire to remain in Chicago, Cutler didn’t, only that the future is what it will be.
But if coach John Fox expects Cutler to be done after this abbreviated season for the quarterback, as some reports have suggested, Fox flatly said on Thursday that those reports are wrong.
“There is absolutely no truth to that,” Fox said. “People can say whatever they want. That’s the unfortunate part of this profession. But absolutely not true.”
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Cutler said, perhaps ironically, perhaps bluntly, that Fox had “no choice” but to be supportive of him now that Brian Hoyer is done for the year with a broken arm.
But Fox has been generally complimentary of Cutler going back as far as the NFL owners meetings last spring. Fox was supportive of Hoyer, holding out a chance to hold onto the starting job, when the Hoyer stepped in after Cutler’s thumb injury in week two, and Fox was supportive of Cutler as Cutler returned from the down time.
“I think Jay kinda knew all along what our plan was and that’s the important thing,” Fox said. “He was really supportive of Brian as far as the game plan, on game day, during the games. As far as on the sideline, making adjustments and different things that Brian was familiar with, I thought he was very helpful.”