Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler, It’s Time to Grow Up

Chicago Bears Jay Cutler

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For too long, Jay Cutler has had an image problem. I know that’s too nice for some people, but the Chicago Bears starting QB turns the big three-0 next month. Maybe this is the year he matures into the man, and the quarterback we all know he can be.

A 30-year-old quarterback in the NFL is in the second half of his career. With the average age of starting QB’s dropping like the dollar, Cutler needs to grow up fast.

In 2008, Cutler was a member of the Denver Broncos. At 25, he was a rising star with potential and promise. He had just thrown for 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns, and a 62.3% completion percentage. Then a new head coach came to town, and Cutler’s time in the mile-high city was over.

Sweet-home Chicago gave him a chance for a do-over. The Bears needed a franchise QB and Jay Cutler was their man. But 2009 saw Cutler throw for 900 fewer yards (3,666), and have 8 more interceptions (26). The windy-city was watching Cutler blow his chance.

Here we are in 2013 still talking about what Cutler is doing off the field, and what he isn’t doing on the field. Sadly, the headlines still focus on his antics more than his incredible talent. The Bears know he can be so much more, and they are waiting for their signal caller to call the right play.

Jay Cutler has to audible. It’s the second half of his career, and the clock is ticking by for the chance at reinventing his image and securing his legacy. He can’t keep doing what he’s doing. Cutler can do it—the question is will he?


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