Bennett 'friends with everybody' in Bears QB discussion

Bennett 'friends with everybody' in Bears QB discussion
December 12, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Martellus Bennett is like Winnie the Pooh.

Aside from both being Bears, this one might take a little explaining.

"I'm cool with everybody. I work with everybody. I'm kind of like Winnie the Pooh, I'm friends with everybody."

The Bears tight end was referring to the city-wide, nay, nation-wide debate swirling over whether Bears head coach Marc Trestman made the correct decision in re-installing Jay Cutler as the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Trestman said all along that Cutler, when healthy, would be back under center as the starter, but with some exceptional play in recent weeks from McCown, talking about the Bears' quarterback decision has again become Chicago's No. 1 pastime.

So Bennett, like the rest of his teammates, was required to give that vote of confidence in his coach and his quarterback Thursday.

"I think everybody knows what Jay can do already," Bennett said. "(He needs) to show them that he's back where he needs to be more so than trying to prove. But he has nothing to prove to us. We know he's a great quarterback, and all he's got to do is just go out there and do his job and we'll do our jobs."

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In six games before Cutler was injured at Washington, Bennett caught 31 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns. In seven games since — which also featured some Cutler playing time vs. Washington and Detroit — he's caught 22 passes for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Bennett, who had statistically better days with a healthy Cutler throwing the ball, suggested Cutler lean on his tight end if he needs some help getting back into the swing of things.

"Sometimes you've got to shoot the layups so your 3-pointer falls. The tight end is like the layup," Bennett said. "So I always tell them get the fastbreak, get the steal and get a couple buckets, get your game going. Then when you warm up you can throw it as deep as you want to."