I remember sitting at the desk of my entry level job, about 11 months removed from my college days, and just wasting time cruising the internet. It was late in the afternoon when I stumbled across an ESPN article claiming that Jay Cutler was just traded to the Chicago Bears.
I was literally left speechless for almost a minute. I had no idea what to do with myself. I had to maintain a certain level of professionalism, as I was still at work, when all I really wanted to do was take my pants off and run around the office screaming with joy. I didn’t read any details of the trade at that moment, and I didn’t care. All I knew is the Bears were out of the black hole that was Kyle Orton and I couldn’t have been happier.
Fast forward to present day and I still maintain that level of excitement for Cutler. The kid has all the talents of a top level quarterback, and now he finally has all the tools to vault the Bears to the top and take them to the promised land.
At least, he had better.
Every year the Bears have failed to win a Super Bowl, I always blame it on the supporting cast and not Cutler. I always tell myself that it couldn’t be Cutler’s fault. He didn’t have the receivers. He didn’t have the coaches. He didn’t have the right plays called.
But after this season is over, I may be singing a different tune. I may have to turn my back on Cutler if he doesn’t lead the Bears to pay dirt.
Never has a Bears team been so stacked with just absolutely ridiculous talent as this 2012 team. Brandon Marshall; Matt Forte; Alshon Jeffery; Michael Bush; Just a roster full of offensive explosiveness.
Cutler got everything he wanted. Phil Emery even brought in his old quarterbacks coach from when he was with the Denver Broncos. So really, there are no more excuses. It is time to put up or shut up.
Cutler needs to come through this season as the Super Bowl window of opportunity will only last for two more years at max. If Cutler doesn’t come out tossing smoke from the get-go, then I don’t really see the need to offer him a contract extension. What’s the point? So the Bears can get a few extra years of mediocrity out of him? Not sure about them, but I would be setting my expectations a little higher than that.
Now is the chance for Cutler to prove he is the quarterback the Bears always hoped he was. This is the season for Cutler to silence his critics and put Chicago football back on the map. Now is the time to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to the greatest city on Earth. I believe. Do you?
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