GM defends Cutler as franchise quarterback

Updated: October 10, 2012, 5:18 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- 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 ...

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