Chicago Bears: Quarterback End of the Year Evaluations
The Chicago Bears season is over, and now we can get into the end of the year player observations. Today we start with the most important position on the football field, the quarterback position. Here’s a look at all four QB’s, their overall grades, and what to expect from them moving forward.
Jay Cutler: Cutler finished the season throwing for 3,033 yards; 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and was sacked 38 times. Those numbers look awfully similar to his past few seasons as the Bears starting QB. Whether it was the inconsistency of the offensive line in pass blocking, the lack of weapons outside Brandon Marshall, offensive coordinator incompetence, or Cutler himself, Cutler has regressed from last season where it look like he was taking a step forward.
2012 Grade: C+
2013 Outlook: With head coach Lovie Smith getting fired this past Monday, Cutler will more than likely see his fourth offensive coordinator in five years. Although it’s not healthy for a QB to see turnover year-after-year, a change desperately needed to be made as far as the offensive coaching staff. The pressure will be on Cutler in 2013; he will be in a contract year with a general manager who is committed to putting all the resources around him. He has a year to convince Phil Emery and whoever is the new head coach that he’s the answer moving forward.
Jason Campbell: In the three appearances that we saw Campbell in action, I came to the conclusion that 3.5 million dollars looks like really bad money. The Bears thought they were getting a starter quality QB as Cutler’s back-up, but Campbell instead played like nothing more than a back-up.
2012 Grade: D
2013 Outlook: Expect Campbell to not be brought back as the Bears back-up quarterback. The Bears simply didn’t get their money’s worth with Campbell, so they could look for a cheaper option in the off-season.
Josh McCown: McCown was signed back onto the roster when Cutler was extremely questionable going into the San Francisco 49ers game.
2012 Grade: INC
2013 Outlook: There’s a great chance the Bears can bring back McCown as the team’s back-up QB. McCown played well for the Bears in the final two games of the 2011-12 season and won’t command as much money as Campbell did last off-season.
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