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Could Jay Cutler be the NFL’s MVP in 2014? Brandon Marshall thinks so
BOURBONNAIS — If Bears quarterback Jay Cutler remains healthy and plays all 16 games, wide receiver Brandon Marshall said there is no reason why he can’t be the NFL’s most valuable player in 2014.
“Absolutely, with coach [Marc] Trestman and [offensive coordinator Aaron] Kromer and our offense,” Marshall said Wednesday at Olivet Nazarene University. “Our offensive linemen are studs; they work together. And we have a special group at the skill positions with Matt Forte, Alshon [Jeffery], Martellus [Bennett] and [Marquess Wilson]. I think, absolutely.”
The subject of Cutler being an MVP candidate was initially brought up by Marshall during an interview after practice with NFL Network analyst and former Pro Bowl receiver Michael Irvin.
“I don’t know why they wouldn’t believe it,” Marshall said.
“I said, ‘That’s high praise right there. You’re just gonna take Peyton (Manning) right off that top,’ ” Irvin said.
In Trestman’s first season, Cutler posted a career-best 89.2 rating. But injuries remain his biggest concern. He missed five starts with ankle and groin injuries in 2013 and last played a full season in 2009.
Cutler’s and Josh McCown’s combined numbers from last season are Pro Bowl-worthy, though. Together, they completed 64.4 percent of their passes for 4,450 yards, 32 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 96.9 passer rating.
The Bears also were the highest scoring team in the NFC in 2013.
Marshall said the Bears’ offense is becoming “more efficient” and that it starts with Cutler.
“He’s leading us and it’s a trickle-down effect,” Marshall said. “From a leadership standpoint, he’s bringing everyone along with him, he’s making everyone better. As far as how efficient he is, it just makes our offense that much better and gives everyone confidence.”