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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler benched; Jimmy Clausen to start against Detroit Lions

The Chicago Bears have announced the benching of embattled quarterback Jay Cutler, and will start backup Jimmy Clausen on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

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The death throes of the Chicago Bears' 2014 season are ongoing.  In the wake of Dan Bernstein's report that head coach Marc Trestman is to be fired at the end of the season and general manager Phil Emery's future is under evaluation,  Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden was extremely critical of Jay Cutler's play against the New Orleans Saints and Marc Trestman, when asked about it earlier today, said Gruden has "a right to his opinion" about the player whom the Bears put forward as their nomination for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the following a short time ago:

and adds that:

Kevin Fishbain adds:

EDIT: A couple of thoughts from Jeff Dickerson:

and Dan Wiederer chips in with:

Jimmy Clausen's last start came his rookie year with the Panthers in the season finale on January 2, 2011.

We'll have more on this story as it breaks and, of course, full coverage in tomorrow's Bears Den.  In the meantime, what are your thoughts on this change?  (And please note this is not an open thread.)