According to Rapoport, people inside the Bears' organization doubt Cutler "can lead them where they want to go." From the report:
There is a serious "frustration" with the way Cutler has played this season, and, according to Rapoport, the team considered benching him during his dismal showing versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks ago. However, the Bears didn't, mainly because Jimmy Clausen is the backup.
Cutler, 31, has thrown for 3,446 yards, 26 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions this season, his sixth year as Chicago's quarterback.
The Bears acquired Cutler in 2009 in a trade with the Denver Broncos, giving up quarterback Kyle Orton, its first- and third-round selections in 2009 and its first-round pick in 2010. In January, Cutler signed a seven-year extension with the Bears.
A former first-round draft pick in 2006, Cutler has thrown 181 touchdowns and 127 interceptions while completing 61.8 percent of his passes in his nine-year NFL career.
The Bears lost 41-28 to the Cowboys on Thursday night and have three games remaining. They next host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15.
- Molly Geary