Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon said on CBS Sports Network on Monday that he would bench quarterback Jay Cutler if he were Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman. Gannon played under Trestman when he was the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator.
Gannon played under Trestman from 2001-03 when the latter was the quarterbacks coach and later also the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.
Gannon's comment followed criticism he made earlier that day on radio station WSCR. According to the Tribune, Gannon said that Cutler doesn't look confident right now and doesn't seem to trust the Bears' system or the players around him.
“I don’t know what to make of Jay Cutler, guys," Gannon said. "It’s almost like he’s convinced that this isn’t going to work, and he’s just kind of going through the motions, to me, at times. I don’t see the fight. I don’t see the passion. I don’t see him in the huddle challenging guys."
“And [Cutler], to me, as I watched him last night, he makes me sick to my stomach. His footwork is atrocious at times. You see him back there in the pocket, he’s throwing off his back foot. He’s all over the place"
The former Raiders quarterback also criticized Trestman for saying after Chicago's 55-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night that the Bears are "doing all the right things." Gannon said it appears Trestman is worried about losing the locker room.
Cutler completed 22 of 37 passes for 272 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Packers. Both interceptions came in the first half, helping Green Bay take a 42-0 halftime lead.
Cutler was also criticized in the wake of an explosive post-game locker room scene after the Bears' loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 19. Chicago as a team came under fire for its lack of leadership, while reports surfaced of a rift between Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall, which both players denied.
Cutler is on pace to throw 17 interceptions this season, which would be his most since throwing 26 in 2009. The Bears gave the quarterback a new seven-year deal worth a reported $126 million in January. He will make $54 million over the next three seasons.
Chicago dropped to 3-6 after the loss to Green Bay and is in last place in the NFC North.
- Ben Estes