Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he understands that changes could come to the team as early as Monday, saying that "everyone could get axed."
The job status of Bears second-year head coach Marc Trestman, general manager Phil Emery and even Cutler are in peril as the Bears will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
“I think you’ve just got to prepare yourself that anything can happen -- that’s kind of what I’m prepared for,” Cutler said to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I mean, everyone could stay. Everyone could get axed. You just never know what direction it’s going to go."
Cutler said he has no idea about his future with the team even though he signed a seven-year, $126 million deal before the season. He has thrown for 3,640 yards, setting career-highs with 28 touchdown passes and an 89.5 passer rating, but his 18 interceptions lead the NFL. He was benched in Week 16 for Jimmy Clausen
“Coaches could leave. Players could leave. I could leave,” Cutler said. “That’s part of it. It’s a weird season. A lot of things have happened. A lot of things haven’t gone our way for numerous reasons.”
The Bears (5-10) finish their season on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (6-9). Cutler will return to the starting lineup for the game after Clausen was ruled out with a concussion.
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