The Bears are benching starter Jay Cutler for Sunday’s game against Detroit.
In the latest chapter in a bizarre season gone horribly wrong, the Chicago Bears have decided to bench starting QB Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen for Sunday’s regular season home finale against the Detroit Lions.The Bears decision seems to portend an uncertain future for Cutler at the very least, and could be the definitive sign the organization no longer views him as their “franchise” quarterback.
Cutler, a lightening rod for Bears fans since his arrival in a blockbuster trade from Denver, is enduring a up-and-down season in which he posted career marks in several categories and became the Bears franchise leader in passing yardage, yet leads the NFL in turnovers with 24. Monday’s night’s effort versus the Saints was a indicator of how poorly he can play, with off-target passes and some ill-advised throws.
The melodrama surrounding Halas Hall and the Chicago Bears is enough to cause any Bears follower to throw up their hands in disgust. The NFL’s chartered franchise is slowly wading into murky waters where only the dregs of the league, like the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonvile Jaguars, reside.
Whether offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer’s mea culpa for ratting out Jay Cutler and Mel Tucker costs him his job at the end of the season, this farce of a Bears season started long ago, back in training camp. At that point, Bears head coach Marc Trestman began to make the ill-advised decisions that cast this 2014 season adrift.
The Chicago Bears continue to tinker with their roster heading into the final three games of a lost 2014 regular season. On Saturday, the Bears elevated rookie QB David Fales and placed LB Darryl Sharpton on the injured reserve list.
The team’s official press release is below.
The Chicago Bears elevated QB David Fales to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed LB Darryl Sharpton on the reserve/injured list due to a hamstring injury.