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John Fox preaching open competition, even at QB
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

New Bears coach John Fox called it "all an open competition" when asked if he could see a scenario in which quarterback Jay Cutler had to compete for the starting job, reports Jimmy Clausen is Cutler's projected backup.

“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say  be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said.

“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”

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John Fox aiming to rebuild QB Jay Cutler's confidence
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

New Bears coach John Fox said quarterback Jay Cutler might have gotten to the point last year "where he lacked confidence," reports the Chicago Tribune.

"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox added. "It takes trust, like any relationship.”

Fox plans to help Cutler, who committed 24 turnovers last season, by building a strong defense and relying more on the running game. Fox praised how the Cowboys used Tony Romo last year in tandem with NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.

“Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. I think there had been different things said. I know Tony personally. He’s a tremendous competitor. I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence.”

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Bears announce they're sticking with QB Jay Cutler
by Larry Hartstein |

Not that they really had any choice, but the Bears confirmed Wednesday that Jay Cutler will be their starting quarterback. "We've made that decision," GM Ryan Pace said, per "We're moving forward with Jay Cutler as our starting quarterback."

Cutler, 31, signed a seven-year, $126 million contract last offseason and is guaranteed $15.5 million this year. If he's on the roster at 4 p.m. ET Thursday, $10 million of his $16 million salary in 2016 also becomes guaranteed.

Pace said the Bears never explored trading Cutler, per ESPN. He accounted for 30 touchdowns and 24 turnovers last season while throwing for 3,812 yards, the second-highest total of his career.

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Report: Bears 'fully expect' Jay Cutler back in 2015
by Igor Mello |

The Bears are not interested in trading embattled quarterback Jay Cutler, and "fully expect" him to be their quarterback next season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports on Tuesday.

Cutler, 31, signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Bears last offseason and is guaranteed to make $15.5 million next season. He threw for 3,812 passing yards, the most since 2008 when he was in Denver. He added 28 touchdowns and a league-high 18 interceptions in 2014.

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Bears' Fox on Jay Cutler's future: 'We're not up against a deadline'
by Igor Mello |

Bears coach John Fox met with the media on Tuesday and remained noncommittal to longtime starter Jay Cutler, dancing around questions about his future with the team, reports ESPN Chicago.

"We're not up against a deadline," Fox said, per the Chicago Tribune. "We'll keep you posted."

Cutler's "ability and talent (are there). A lot more goes into it. We're evaluating that as we speak," Fox said, per the Plain Dealer.

Fox also revealed that he met free agent quarterback Josh McCown prior to his combine press conference, adding that "he's the right kind of guy...that you want on your football team."

General manager Ryan Pace also said the Bears will be patient on their decision, and refused to declare Cutler the starter.

Cutler, 31, signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Bears last offseason and is guaranteed to make $15.5 million next season. He threw for 3,812 passing yards, the most since 2008 when he was a member of the Broncos. He added 28 touchdowns and a league-high 18 interceptions in 2014.

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