Chicago Bears: Which Player is Under the Most Pressure in 2013?

By Andrew Fisher
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA Today Sports

The Chicago Bears are getting ready to embark on a very intriguing season in 2013. Unlike most teams that underwent a head coaching change in the offseason, the Bears are expected to contend for a playoff spot. Depending on who you ask, there might even be higher expectations than that. Marc Trestman is widely expected to come in and pick up right where Lovie Smith left off, and then some.

Most people can agree that the Bears’ offense has been what’s holding the team back, but at the same time, it’s not a bad offense. The guy who runs that offense on the field, is Jay Cutler, so he often takes a lot of the blame. People seem to rush to criticise Cutler, but overall, he’s a good quarterback. But just being good, is no longer enough. Bears’ fans will now expect even more from No. 6, mainly because of the installation of Trestman’s offense.

I think without question, Cutler is under the most pressure of any Bears player this year. Put all the on-field expectations aside, and he’s still playing for a new contract. If he doesn’t perform, he’ll be looking for a new job in 2014. It’s not out of the question to think that Trestman would like to hand-pick a QB in the draft, and if Cutler misses the playoffs again this year, why wouldn’t they look in that direction?

There’s not really any players on the defense that will be under the microscope this year, and the other skill position players are in fairly good standing. You can make a case that running back Mart Forte also has much to prove in 2013, but it’s no where near the level of Cutler. Forte is under contract for two more years, and let’s face it, running backs rarely get the blame quarterbacks do.

Jay Cutler needs to play some of the best football of his career this season, and the better he performs out of the gate, the more the pressure will go away.


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