"We have backup plans in place," Cutler said, according to The Chicago Tribune. "If (Gase) does get that opportunity, I'm going to be ecstatic for him. I think it's well-deserved. I think he's ready for the opportunity. Whatever happens either way I think we're going to be good and he'll be good too."
In 13 games this season—the first under Gase—Cutler has thrown for 3,258 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Last season, he threw 18 interceptions.
Gase, who was previously the Broncos' offensive coordinator, interviewed for five head coaching jobs last off-season, but he instead followed John Fox from Denver to Chicago. He will likely be a head coaching candidate again this off-season.
The Bears (5–9) play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
- Stanley Kay