As the Chicago Bears fans from about seven years ago would remember oh so well, there was a term we liked to use in reference to quarterback Rex Grossman. Fans hoped for “Good Rex” every week, but more often than not “Bad Rex” would re-surface himself continuously.
When the Bears hired Marc Trestman to be their new head coach, there were thoughts he could resurrect the career of Jay Cutler in Chicago. Cutler had been underperforming every season in Chicago due to poor protection and just plain bad decisions.
Through three games, Cutler looked very comfortable with the offense and his confidence continued to grow as he led the Bears to three wins to begin the year. In week four against the Detroit Lions, that hot start came to a screeching halt.
Cutler ended the game with three picks and a fumble resulting in a touchdown return by defensive tackle Nick Fairley. With a rating of 65.6, Cutler resembled “Bad Jay” rather than the “Good Jay” we had seen for the majority of this year so far.
Throwing off his back foot many times, Cutler over-threw and under-threw his targets all game long and the three interceptions came on three bad decisions by the quarterback. On the play where he fumbled the ball, Cutler held the ball far too long for his own good. Apparently that internal clock wasn’t ticking right at the moment.
In the fourth quarter, Cutler engineered the Bears’ two scoring drives with under five minutes to go and converted on both two-point conversions, bringing the score from a 40-16 trouncing to a respectable 40-32. Both Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall were instrumental on those two drives. He also found his tight end Martellus Bennett eight times on the day, continuing to show his confidence in the tight end.
I assure you, though, that final score did not reflect the game.
Cutler was downright awful against Detroit. Luckily, he’ll have another shot at them later on this season. For the Bears’ sake, let’s hope this is his one signature game of the year where he loses his mind. If all goes according to plan, he’ll forget today ever happened and get right back on the horse in week five.