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Jay Cutler blows off savage criticism from Bennett brothers


Jay Cutler recently was on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism courtesy of Michael and Martellus Bennett, both of whom savagely questioned his quarterbacking credentials. The Chicago Bears quarterback, whose patented nonplussed reactions have become his calling card — for better or worse — not surprisingly blew off the criticism from the NFL-playing brothers in typical Cutler-esque fashion.

It all started with an entertaining profile of the Bennett brothers in ESPN The Magazine by Mina Kimes. In the piece, Michael Bennett, the opinionated Seattle Seahawks defensive end, called Cutler the “worst quarterback in the NFL.”

His younger sibling Martellus, now a tight end with the New England Patriots, spent three seasons as Cutler’s teammate on the Bears. Evidently utilizing his firsthand familiarity with Cutler, he interjected, “I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage.”

Cutler was asked about the Bennett brothers less-than-flattering critiques on Wednesday at Bears training camp. As he is wont to do, Cutler essentially blew off the savagery.

“Most receivers and tight ends (think they) are always open,” Cutler said of Martellus, via the Chicago Tribune. “Hopefully Tom (Brady) can do a better job of finding him than I did.”

When asked about why his name frequently becomes conversational fodder for former teammates, Cutler wouldn’t bite.

“I could say something clever and smart,” he said, “but I’ll just pass.”

Cutler, fairly or not, tends to be one of the more hyper-criticized quarterbacks in the NFL. And it’s not just from former teammates like Bennett, but from pundits, analysts and fans alike. Some of that may be self-inflicted, primarily due to Cutler often seeming aloof or disinterested. But it’s nevertheless true that Cutler hasn’t quite reached the levels of success many believed he would achieve in his NFL career.

But Cutler is coming off one of his best seasons in 2015, completing nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions. Still, the Bears only went 6-10 and again missed the playoffs, an all-too-frequent outcome during Cutler’s tenure with the team. Perhaps getting the Bears to the postseason while putting up big numbers will stop all the hate that frequently comes Cutler’s way.