Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hopes to stay with the NFL franchise, despite being dropped by coach Marc Trestman.
Cutler will start on the bench against the Detroit Lions on Sunday after Trestman opted for Jimmy Clausen at quarterback.
The decision comes on the back of the Bears' (5-9) three-game losing streak, with Cutler throwing for six touchdowns and six interceptions during that period.
Cutler said he was stunned by the demotion but the 31-year-old remains hopeful of staying in Chicago.
"I didn't see it coming," Cutler said on Thursday. "But I think anytime you lose a lot of games and you don't play as well as you'd hoped, there's a chance that could happen.
"I would like to stay here. I really like it here.
"I love the guys in the locker room that I get to play with. Clearly, it's different circumstances now. But going forward, this is where I'd like to be."
Cutler - in his sixth season with the Bears - signed a lucrative seven-year deal worth $126.7 million in January but has been forced to reconsider his future following his bench role.
"It's a natural response to wonder that," Cutler said. "But like I said, going forward it is what it is.
"Whatever happens at that point between after the season and March or whenever they make the decisions, we'll cross that when we get there.
"In my role right now, I just have to support Jimmy, try to help him as much as possible and whatever happens after that last game [happens]."