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Thursday
Apr302015

Bears Decline Option on LB Shea McClellin

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears declined their fifth-year option on linebacker Shea McClellin, general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday.

McClellin would have earned $7.715 million in 2016 if the option was picked up. He will earn $775,600 base salary and a $741,227 roster bonus this season, the final year of his original rookie contract.

McClellin was selected by the Bears with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he's played in 40 regular season games, recording 80 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

McClellin played his first two seasons as a defensive end before moving to outside linebacker last season. That may work out in his favor this season, because under new head coach John Fox, the Bears have instituted a 3-4 defensive scheme -- the same scheme McClellin played in college at Boise State.


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Monday
Dec222014

Bears to Start Cutler for Injured Clausen Against Vikings

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears will start Jay Cutler at quarterback for this Sunday’s season finale against the Minnesota Vikings, after Jimmy Clausen was ruled out with a concussion on Monday.

Clausen suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-14 loss to Detroit after being illegally struck in the head by Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, according to the team.

Clausen stayed in the game after displaying no signs of a concussion. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that he informed team doctors that he was experiencing symptoms.

David Fales will served as the number-two quarterback behind Cutler.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Lions Prepare for Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Lions (10-4) enter Sunday's game against the Bears tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North.

Chicago announced this week that they benched quarterback Jay Cutler and are going with backup Jimmy Clausen, who hasn't made a start since 2010.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said on Friday that with the news coming on Thursday, the team still had a chance to prepare for it.

"We heard fairly early, so we had a chance to take a look at him," Caldwell said. "There's always still a question of whether they'll do the same things that they've been doing with him."

"So, they'll certainly be a bit of an unknown there but we certainly have a chance," Caldwell continued. "There's enough tape on him in preseason and things of that nature to get a good look at him."

Caldwell said that despite Clausen's little experience as a starter, their defense will be ready for him.

"This year we've had a couple backup quarterbacks that have stepped in and played pretty well against us," Caldwell said. "Obvious (Drew) Stanton played pretty well and (Kyle) Orton stepped in and played extremely well. We're guarded about all that stuff, we're trying to make sure that we're functioning as well as we possibly can.

"It doesn't matter, if he's got on a uniform in the National Football League, that guy can play, they can make some things happen."


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Friday
Dec192014

Jay Cutler Benched

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Jay Cutler will be the backup quarterback when the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions Sunday.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that Jimmy Clausen would start over the NFL's highest-paid offensive player on Sunday.

Cutler just signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract with the Bears this past off-season.

"Certainly it was not an easy decision," Trestman said. "In my mind those types of decisions never are. As I told our team today, this doesn't void us of our offensive struggles that we have or the team struggles that we have by making this change. And I think our guys are well aware of that. But for the present moment, I think this is in the best interest of our football team."
It may be true. The 31-year-old Cutler currently leads the NFL with 24 turnovers. The Bears are also one of only four teams that hasn't scored at least 30 points in a game this season -- the Jaguars, Raiders, and Titans are the others.

Now Clausen, who is 1-9 as a starter in the NFL, takes over.

"I think we need a lift at quarterback. I think we need a spark," Trestman said. "The weight of the world should not be on Jimmy Clausen. He's going to get an opportunity to play and I'm hoping that against a very, very good defense there will be some response from our football team."


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Thursday
Dec182014

Report: Bears to Start Clausen Against Lions

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- The Bears will bench Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen as Chicago prepares to face Detroit Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Chicago is making the switch after Cutler leads the NFL with 24 turnovers and has shown a clear regression in head coach Marc Trestmann's offense.

"Our whole football team isn't where it needs to be," Trestmann said, during Wednesday's press conference when talking about the offense.

"Quarterback's always going to be the guy to get looked at, no doubt about it. We all can do better."

Clausen, 27, a second round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2010. He was 1-9 in his rookie season before the Panthers drafted Cam Newton first overall the next season.

Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million contract extension this offseason, that also saw the team allow back-up quarterback Josh McCown leave for Tampa Bay.

McCown signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Buccaneers after completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception in eight games with the Bears last season.

Turmoil has taken over the Bears organization as player outbursts and anonymous criticisms have been the focus of the 2014 season. After a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 19, wide receiver Brandon Marshall could be heard from the team locker room calling out teammates for a lack of effort.  Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was discovered to have been an anonymous source in a story that criticized Cutler and his poor performance.


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Tuesday
Dec162014

Saints Roll to Road Win at Chicago

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while the New Orleans defense picked off Jay Cutler three times as the Saints (6-8) rolled to a 31-15 win Monday night in Chicago. It was the third straight loss for the Bears (5-9) while New Orleans moved into first place in the NFC South.

"The tendency after success is to relax, and it's not time to relax," Brees said.

After a scoreless first quarter, Brees opened the second frame with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill. Chicago's Patrick O'Donnell then pinned the Saints inside their own five with a 56-yard punt but New Orleans responded with a 10-play, 95-yard scoring drive. It ended when Brees hit Marques Colston from nine yards out to make it 14-0 with less than a minute in the half. Cutler was then picked off to end the half. 

The second half was much of the same as the Saints continued to control the game on both sides. Brees led New Orleans down the field for another score, finding Hill in the end zone again, to make it 21-0 before a Shayne Graham field goal made it 24-0 heading to the fourth. 

Cutler found Marqees Wilson for a 1-yard touchdown, and then converted on a 2-point conversion, to get Chicago within two scores early in the final frame. However, the Saints defense held strong and did not allow another score until the final two minutes, when Cutler hit Alshon Jeffrey for the final touchdown of the game.

Brees finished the day with 375 passing yards, eclipsing the 4,000 yard mark for the ninth straight season. Meanwhile, Cutler only threw for 194 yards and was sacked seven times.


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Friday
Nov142014

Cutler: 'We Have to Get Better, I Have to Get Better'

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler decided to speak out about the team's recent downslide.

The Bears have lost three in a row by a combined 72 points. During that time, Cutler has commited seven turnovers.

"We have to get better, I have to get better," Cutler said. "That's just kind of the focus right now, finding every little thing I can get better at to try to win a ballgame."

Cutler's received lots of criticism during the Bears' recent poor stretch, something the 31-year-old understands and hopes to change.

"You have to look at everything," Cutler said. "You have to go with a fine-tooth comb and just nitpick on every little detail. Nothing is too small, nothing can be overlooked. The finest little step, how you interact with your teammates, communicating more during the week so that there aren't any miscommunications. Finding energy on Wednesday when everyone's still a little down and trying to go out and have a good practice. You have to do all those little things to try to dig yourself out."

The Bears (3-6) will get a chance to get back on track Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings (4-5).


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Tuesday
Nov112014

Trestman: Cutler Must Play Better

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Bears head coach Marc Trestman believes his quarterback Jay Cutler needs to do a better job moving forward, but isn't considering benching him just yet.

Cutler and the Bears are coming off a 55-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

"He didn't play well enough [Sunday], and we didn't play well enough," Trestman said on Monday. "I'm certain he'd take accountability for that. But it's very clear he did not play well enough [Sunday]. We can't sugarcoat that. At the same time, we didn't play collectively well enough as a team."

Cutler has completed 66.4 percent of his passes, thrown 10 interceptions, and five fumbles as the team prepares for the Vikings.

"Jay's got to play better," Trestman said.  "He's got to play better, but he can't do it alone. He's got to play better just like the rest of us do."

The Bears signed Cutler to a seven-year contract in January and the first three years of the deal are worth 18 million, but the team can cut him after 2016 without salary ramifications.


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Sunday
Nov092014

Rodgers Ties NFL Record as Packers Rout Bears

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY Wisc.) -- Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record by throwing six touchdowns in the first half as Green Bay walloped the Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers (6-3) jumped out to a 45-0 lead before Chicago (3-6) finally got on the board in the third quarter.

"We just kind of got things going our way," Rodgers said. "The line did a good job of giving me time to extend plays. If you extend plays, you look down the field and there's Jordy Nelson. He made some nice catches."

Nelson had six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Rodgers' six touchdown passes tied the Green Bay record for most scoring tosses in a game, while also tying Daryle Lamonica's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a half, which he set in 1969 while playing for Oakland.

All six of the Packers' scores in the first half came from a Rodgers pass. It began with a 1-yard strike to Brandon Bostick in the first and included scoring plays of 73, 56, and 40-yards. Chicago finally found the end zone when Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown in the first half. 

Rodgers finished the day with 325 passing yards in the win while Cutler tossed one touchdown for 272 yards to go along with two interceptions. Cutler's second interception was returned 82 yards by Casey Hayward for a touchdown.


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Friday
Oct242014

Jay Cutler, Bears Prepare for New England

Nick Laham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears (3-4) will travel to New England to take on the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out on the team's offensive play after their 27-14 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the team are moving forward.

The one good thing going for the Bears is that they are 3-1 on the road this season.

Cutler and the offense have averaged 22.4 points this season and the Patriots defense is only giving up 22.

"They play a lot of man [defense] as of recently," Cutler said of the Patriots defensive game plan. "They've played it all; we'll just have to see those first couple series of how they want to attack us."

"Darrelle Revis is one of the best in the business," Cutler said of the Patriots secondary. "He lot of times goes with the number one receiver and shadows him throughout the game, we'll see what he does against us."

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this year and quarterback Tom Brady expects it to be another close game against the Bears.

"We've had some great games against those guys," Brady said.  "They've got a real good defense.  It's kind of been the market of that team for a long time.  A lot of guys at different positions.  It's going to be a big challenge for us."


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