Jay Cutler’s new gig with Fox Sports doesn’t formally begin until the NFL's 2017 preseason, but the former quarterback is already wearing his analyst's hat.
During an appearance on ESPN Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy Show on Friday, Cutler advised the Bears against playing No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky should the team’s season not go well.
"If it's going downhill, there is no way I'm playing him," Cutler said. "For what? So he can go out there and take a beating and get off to a rough start as an NFL quarterback?"
Cutler implored his former team not to succumb to pressure from frustrated fans wanting Trubisky to start over Mike Glennon, for whom many believe the team overpaid with a guaranteed $16 million in 2017.
“I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people calling for (Trubisky’s) name because you draft him at No. 2 and you draft him for a reason and that's to play football and win games," Cutler said.
Cutler will get a chance to dig deeper into the Bears’ impending quarterback controversy during his first game as a Fox broadcaster. In a three-man booth with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, Cutler will call Chicago’s game at the Titans in the third week of the preseason, Burkhardt revealed on Mad Dog Radio (via Pro Football Talk).