Bushrod: I Don't Agree With Negative Assessment Of Jay Cutler

Jermon Bushrod blocked for Cutler for two different organizations. His experience? Overwhelmingly positive

The DA Show
May 11, 2018 - 11:36 am

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Offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod has blocked for Jay Cutler for two different organizations: the Bears and the Dolphins. His experience with the QB? Overwhelmingly positive – which runs counter to the common Cutler narrative.

Cutler, 35, retired after the 2016 season but signed a one-year $10-million deal with Miami following a season-ending injury to Ryan Tannehill. Cutler threw for 2,666 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games for Miami, which finished 6-10.

Some media felt Cutler didn’t seem engaged last year in Miami, that he didn’t didn’t care about the team and was simply collecting a paycheck.

Bushrod completely disagrees.

“I don’t agree with that assessment of him,” Bushrod, now with the Saints, said on The DA Show. “I see the work that Jay used to put in. The media, at times, can skew the perception of how people really are.”

Cutler, Bushrod said, wasn’t a diva with a bad attitude. Rather, he was a hard-working leader who kept players accountable.

“In training camp, we used to get out of meetings at 10 o’clock in Chicago, and he’s getting the receivers and the running backs to go the gym,” Bushrod said. “We have an 11 o’clock curfew and he’s getting the receivers and running backs and specialists to go to the gym and go over the routes for tomorrow until 10:30, 10:40. So you see the work that he puts in. He cares a lot about his team. He cares a lot about winning and things like that. It’s just unfortunate that he couldn’t deliver some kind of championship to Chicago or even last year. 

“But at the end of the day, he’s a good guy,” Bushrod continued. “He was a good dude to me. The first day I signed in Chicago, I heard from him. He has a great family. It’s just unfortunate, the perception of Jay Cutler out there. But at the end of the day, he had a good career and he’s going to enjoy his family."