Jay Cutler Cannot Win

I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan my whole life. I’m 37-years old and can tell you that without even a shadow of a doubt that Jay Cutler is the most talented quarterback the Chicago Bears have had in my lifetime. My father is 70 and he will tell you the same thing from his lifetime. And yet, people just do not appreciate his skill-set.

With talent comes scrutiny…I get that. But the attacks on Cutler are becoming such a common-place it’s almost personal. I am not saying he isn’t a magnet for this because of the whole Denver Broncos situation, but when the circumstances of Josh McDaniels’ horrific run with that organization came out, Cutler should have been somewhat redeemed. McDaniels made it clear to anyone that would listen he wanted fellow New England Patriot signal caller Matt Cassel as his quarterback. When Cassel ended up with the Kansas City Chiefs, McDaniels went to plan B which was Cutler. Just like the rest of us, Cutler is human. Unlike most of the rest of us, he’s a gifted athlete. Just imagine how you would feel if you were a star performer and some new guy wanted to replace you for some unknown reason? I am sure Cutler was angry and I would be too. Obviously, the Broncos recognized how crappy of a coach McDaniels was and fired him within two-years of his hire.

Since he’s been with the Bears, he’s been a solid performer. I cannot say that I love some of his horrific passes, but he is a really good almost great NFL quarterback. He has one of the league’s strongest arms and is tough as hell. Considering the cast of characters he’s been dealing with on offense is it no surprise that he’s struggled at times? Since he’s been with the Chicago Bears, he hasn’t had a top wide receiver or established offensive line. And yet, he is productive. Once these things get figured out, many of us will be happy that Cutler is the leader of the Chicago Bears’ offense.

On Sunday night’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, Cutler was caught on TV appearing to tell-off offensive coordinator Mike Martz with the f word. When asked about the incident on Wednesday he took ownership of it. When Cutler has no expression on the sideline he’s not competitive. When he shows some fire he’s a baby. Can’t have it both ways. The guy wants to win. Sunday showed that he’s a red-ass competitor. As far as teammates go, they’ll love it when they win. Coaches too…

Former Bears head coach and franchise patriarch George Halas used to get drunk-dialed by former defensive end and Hall of Famer Doug Adkins about his contract and Halas’ lack of spending. When Halas was asked about it, he said he could care less because if that’s what motivated Adkins so be it. Bobby Layne led the Detroit Lions to a championship in the 1950s and was notorious for getting in teammates’ faces (of course the Bears traded him to the Lions and Layne is also a Hall of Famer). So I’m glad Jay is my quarterback and I’m sure his coaches and teammates are too.

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  • Paulo

    I agree man.
    I just read that pompei article and it’s so much bull.
    These press people need to figure out WHAT they want of Cutler.
    Apparently, they still wished we had a Brady/Rodgers type on the Bears.
    I for one, loved to see the fire. Jay seemed to be holding it back a long time and now that he finally let it out some of these people are getting on his case about it ?
    I think the way he cursed at martz and berated Sanzenbacher is good.
    Who if not the Leader must be the one to make his peers accountable for their mistakes ?
    Maybe if Urlacher had gotten in Tommie Harris’ face a little more often we might’ve gotten what we dreamed he would deliver.
    But i get why he didn’t. It’s not who he is.
    But Cutler isn’t Urlacher.
    This game was the only the SECOND time i’ve seen him complain aloud about ANYTHING. First time was at the Cowboys game last year, when he had been sacked twice and hit 3 times in 5 snaps. On the sixth, he ran out of bounds and was shoved by Ware who almost Stripped the ball.
    He came back up saying “Can we block ANYBODY!?!”

    And guess what happened in the game ?? guys in the team opened their eyes and
    He shredded the cowboys.

    It was about time he vented some of the frustration of being battered to death a milion times.
    I’m all for it.
    Maybe Lovie’s cool calm approach really works wonders for a defense that is predicated on biding their time, wait for an opportunity, work patience til the time comes where you can use those icy nerves to finally collect on it.

    But i don’t think it works for the style of Offense they are running.
    It could work really well for West Coast Offense, who is sort of the same way. Read, Acess, Adjust, go through progressions, pick the target and unload.

    But Martz system requires anticipation and agression.
    Cutler has Both and he HAS to be able to trust his teammates and hold them accountable if they screw up. That rams team wasn’t cool and collected. I remember Torry Holt PISSED in the sidelines plenty of times.

    So i’m glad Cutler’s putting it all out.

    And hey, don’t look now, but the Bears are in the Top 10 offenses in the league.