Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery defended Jay Cutler as a franchise quarterback Wednesday and shrugged off recent sideline incidents with left tackle J'Marcus Webb and offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
''He's a passionate player,'' Emery said. ''He has great drive and energy. He's moving toward excellence. He does care and love his teammates. And he's a big part of what we're doing and the positive things that we're doing.''
Even so, Cutler has been the center of attention for the wrong reasons lately even as his team has climbed into the early lead in the NFC North. And, fair or not, they've brought old questions about his leadership and demeanor back to the surface.
There was that ugly loss at Green Bay on Sept. 13 in which he berated and bumped Webb on the sideline and made some critical comments afterward. National analysts along with teammate D.J. Moore took issue with Cutler, who didn't help his cause by throwing four interceptions to go with the seven sacks he took....