A day removed from the Chicago Bears‘ two-point home loss to the Detroit Lions, there are many talking heads locally and nationally that have already put their two cents in about the how and why the Bears lost a divisional game.
Many pundits would like to point the finger at head coach Marc Trestman for his assistance in keeping an injured Jay Cutler in the game, when it was evident for the football world to see that the quarterback wasn’t quite 100 percent entering the second half of the team’s Week 10 matchup.
Now, I’m usually not one to place blame on one individual when it comes to team sports like professional football; nevertheless, Trestman waited one too many offensive series before sending Josh McCown into the game in relief of Cutler. I could pile on Trestman like everybody has seemed to, but what about Cutler?
Since the Bears acquired the gunslinger from the Denver Broncos via trade back on April 2, 2009, Cutler has played only one full season under center in the Windy City — his first with the team. Since 2010 season, Cutler has missed time on the field with various injuries from a concussion to a sprained MCL, as well as a broken thumb on his throwing hand.
Each injury suffered by Cutler as not only hurt the his stock, but has caused offensive coordinators and head coaches to loss their jobs. Now in a contract year, he yet again finds himself sidelined with another series of injuries.
At present, the Bears organization needs to take a real hard look at their quarterback situation and figure out if Cutler is a part of that future. Truth be told, with a veteran-laden team, the Bears’ window isn’t that wide open and if Cutler can’t stay on the field, the team might be better served trying to find a quarterback who can.