Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spoke about former wide receiver Brandon Marshall last week stating that “no one likes their ex-girlfriend after a breakup.”
Marshall has since spoken up about the his and Cutler’s so-called “breakup” sharing this, as reported by ESPN’s Kimberly Martin of Newsday:
“I feel like I was the only one in the organization that had the huevos to hold (Cutler) accountable.”
Regarding Cutler’s work ethic, Marshall had some stinging words to state about his former quarterback:
“I think when you strap it on and you say I’m going to play for the Chicago Bears, I’m playing for the New York Jets, you give it your all. You’ve got to play for more than the money, you’ve got to play for more than yourself,” Marshall said. “That’s the way this works. Some of us get it and some of us don’t. And last year, I just felt like we had all the pieces and I just felt like there were a few things that were missing.”
We’ll assume that Marshall is saying he got it and Cutler didn’t. In 2014, Marshall put up his worst statistical season since being paired up with Cutler. The two connected for only 61 catches, 721 yards and eight touchdowns. This is down from the previous year when Marshall tallied 100 receptions, 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Cutler led the league in interceptions last season with 18 and at times did appear to have given up. As a result, he was benched briefly towards the end of the season and the Bears finished the year at the bottom of their division with a horrible 5-11 record.
Perhaps new management and coaching will revive Cutler’s nonchalant attitude this season. As for Marshall, he’ll need patience because he’s now working with another quarterback in Geno Smith this year who could present plenty of frustrations of his own.
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