Jay Cutler took a pounding from a lot of other players around the NFL along with fans when he sat out in the second half of the NFC Championship Game a few years ago. It is now the final year of Cutler’s contract with the Chicago Bears, and if he wants to get a new contract moving forward, he needs to get back to the playoffs which hasn’t happened since that game. There will be a new offensive system in Chicago this season with Marc Trestman taking over, but you can say that this is a make-or-break season for Cutler.
He threw for just 3,033 yards last season, and in a league where 4,000 yards is more the norm than the exception, those numbers are just plain awful. If there is another thing that must be looked at about Cutler, it’s that he is in love with throwing the ball to Brandon Marshall. That can’t happen again this season because teams have probably figured that one out, and the Bears don’t have any receivers that can take pressure off Marshall.
I took a look at the schedule that Cutler has in front of him this season, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears were 1-2 or even 0-3 after the first three weeks of the season. It is going to be up to Cutler to make sure that doesn’t happen. Chicago has missed the playoffs a lot over the last decade, and the pressure is on him to get the Bears back to the Super Bowl. It’s now or never for Cutler or he may be looking for a new address for the 2014 season.