The Chicago Bears are facing a dilemma on what to do with Jay Cutler. Cutler hit rock bottom at the end of the regular season when he was benched for backup Jimmy Clausen and shortly after rumors surfaced of Cutler possibly being traded.
On Wednesday new head coach John Fox said he was still undecided about how the franchise was going to proceed with Cutler and whether or not the former Vanderbilt quarterback was in the plans going foward.
Chicago Bears coach John Fox received multiple opportunities Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine to give quarterback Jay Cutler a vote of confidence but declined, leaving his session with the media taking a noncommittal stance on the signal-caller.
Fox said he met recently with Cutler but has not decided about the quarterback’s future.
“We’re not up against a deadline,” Fox said. “My experience has always been that you need to gather the information and in turn, you usually make better decisions. We’re in that process, and we’ll keep you posted.”
One component of the evaluation process is simply getting to know Cutler, Fox said.
“Well, I think just getting to know him [is important],” Fox said. “You know, everybody’s got perceptions. But I think that getting to know the guy, this is a relationship business, and that takes time. So I don’t want to stand up here and give you a final evaluation when I’m maybe a quarter through the test.”
“Some of it’s obvious with deadlines,” Fox said. “They don’t start until March. We’re going to take the full amount of time to gather information, visit and build a relationship, and hopefully make the best decision for our organization. I don’t think there’s any question that there’s ability and talent there. But there’s a lot more that goes into it, and we’re evaluating as we speak.”
It will be interesting to see how the Bears proceed forward with Cutler. I think at this point he is what he is, and a fresh start for him and the franchise is the best thing for both parties.
There were rumors that Cutler could possibly be traded to the Titans, and I think that wouldn’t be a bad idea for either teams. The Titans don’t seem to know if they want to ride things out with Mettenberger and the Bears could get Cutler off the books and move in a different direction.