CLEVELAND (AP) — Before he returned to the field, Jay Cutler had to make sure his teammates wanted him back.
It wasn’t a given.
Chicago’s starting quarterback knew there might be some resistance to him replacing Josh McCown, who had played so well while Cutler was out four games with a sprained ankle. So Cutler talked to wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He spoke with running back Matt Forte and then met with his offensive linemen.
They all told Cutler he was their man.
And Sunday they made him believe it.
“They didn’t flinch,” Cutler said. “They were like, ‘You’re our guy. Glad to have you back.’ And they played like it.”
Cutler overcame a rusty start by throwing three touchdown passes Sunday, rallying the Bears to a 38-31 win over the Cleveland Browns, who dropped their fifth straight game despite scoring a pair of defensive TDs in their home finale.
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