Martellus Bennett: Why do we assume QB is leader?

The Bennett brothers are not shy about giving their opinions. Lately those sentiments have taken shots at quarterbacks.

Michael Bennett recently ripped "mediocre" quarterbacks who get paid too much.

Martellus Bennett pondered why signal-callers are always the presumptive leaders of football teams. That question is doubly notable given the tight end's quarterback is Jay Cutler.

"Why does everyone always assume the quarterback is the leader?" Bennett asked during a wide-ranging interview with Chicago Magazine's Jeff Ruby, published this week. "Leading the offense and leading the team are two different things. Sometimes I like Cutty, and sometimes I don't. When I think of a leader, I think, 'If he started a company, would guys come to work for him?' There's a lot of guys on our team who, if they started a business, it'd be, 'F--- you, I'm gonna go work at McDonald's.'"

So, if Cutler opened a business?

"There are veterans that people follow," Bennett said after a long pause, per Ruby, "and then you've got guys that lead the offense, get everyone lined up, get to your spot, do what you need to do, let's do our plays."

Bennett doesn't get into which one he thinks Cutler is.

For what it's worth, Culter says he doesn't have any problems problem with Bennett's comments.

"I think he was trying to say there's different leaders in every company, and the Bears, we're not excluded from that group," he said. "Coach (John) Fox is going to lead differently than I am, and Adam Gase is going to lead differently than I am, and Marty's going to lead a different way from the way that I do. So it is what it is. I know he's doing everything possible to help us out. I'm excited for him."

Not that any of this talk matters. Cutler will still be the Bears' quarterback, regardless of whether Bennett thinks he's a leader or not. Quarterbacks generally are considered captains because of the importance of the position and the type of character it takes to be a NFL-level signal-caller.

Even if Bennett wouldn't want to work for Cutler in a different business, he'll still be catching passes from him this season.

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