Jon Gruden on Bears: 'They don't have any wins without Jay Cutler'

Bears QB Jay Cutler hasn't been bad this season, contrary to popular belief. Matt Marton USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden will provide color commentary for the Monday Night Football matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears on ESPN. This week, he hopped on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" and previewed the matchup.

Gruden spoke about quarterback Jay Cutler's impact, in specific, when talking about the Bears on the show. Without Cutler, Gruden believes the Bears wouldn't have any wins this season.

Gruden cited Cutler's solid performances in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs and an overtime loss to the Detroit Lions as evidence that he can lead the Bears to victory. He omitted a fine outing in Week 4, when Cutler guided the Bears to a 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders in his first game back from a hamstring injury.

Cutler is completing just over 60 percent of his passes this season, and he has thrown twice as many touchdowns as interceptions. He's not blowing away the competition, but he's also not the reason the Bears are losing games.

As Gruden also mentions in his radio segment, the team would probably like to see Cutler work with rookie wideout Kevin White. The seventh-overall pick in this year's draft has been sidelined all season with a fractured shin.

(h/t Windy City Gridiron)

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