Brandon Marshall, donning a flashy sport coat and bowtie, did his best fortune teller impression once again Sunday evening.
Minutes after the Bears suffered a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Marshall got up in front of the Chicago media and declared Jay Cutler will return for the 2014 season.
"Jay will be back," Marshall said. "All the stories for the offseason, you guys can put that at the bottom -- 'Brandon said Jay will be back.' Just like I said Jay will be back from the groin injury.
"He's a heck of a player. That's my quarterback."
Marshall defending Cutler is nothing new. His "that's my quarterback" declaration is old hat around the NFL. But the Bears' All-Pro receiver was correct when he said Cutler would return early from his groin injury earlier this season. (Of course, nobody -- not even Marshall -- predicted Cutler would injure his ankle in his first game back from the torn groin.)
Wil Marshall be correct again?
For his part, Cutler -- a free agent for the first time this offseason -- didn't have much to say regarding his status.
"You can't predict the future," Cutler said. "It always works out how it's supposed to."
Cutler shouldered some of the blame for the Bears' loss, listing examples of where he and the offense could have come up with big plays, including a drive late in the fourth quarter when the Bears could have iced the game. Instead, Cutler and the offense got backed into a third-and-17 and after an incomplete pass to Alshon Jeffery, were forced to punt.
"That's a tough one to swallow," Cutler said. "That third down to Alshon, I wish I could have pushed that out two more inches to keep the drive going. There are things along the course of the game you wish you could have back."
Even with the Bears offense stalling, the defense had the Packers in three fourth-down situations and ultimately gave up the deciding touchdown. But Cutler wouldn't take the bait and didn't throw the defense under the bus.
"We lost as a team. Just like, if we had made some plays early on, we might've won as a team."