5 Reasons Chicago Bears Shouldn’t Re-Sign Jay Cutler
5 Reasons Bears Should Let Jay Cutler Walk
Jay Cutler is in his fifth season with the Chicago Bears, and it very well could be his last. Cutler is in the midst of a contract year, and the recent news of his injured ankle being placed in a cast and him being inactive this Sunday doesn’t bode well for him returning to the team in 2014.
When Cutler came into the league as a rookie in 2006 with the Denver Broncos he was a strong-armed quarterback who had the potential to be great. However, after a couple of average seasons as the starter, Cutler demanded a trade because it was rumored his job was in jeopardy. Cutler took the easy way out, and in return he changed teams and was given a clean slate.
This season has been Cutler's least productive given he has struggled staying healthy as of late. In his time on the field, however, Cutler hasn’t played that bad as he is completing 63 percent of his passes, and has five more touchdowns (13) than interceptions (eight).
In his five years in Chicago, Cutler has been a serviceable quarterback with minimal postseason experience. Prior to making the playoffs in 2010, the Bears hadn't played in the postseason since 2006, and with that said, here are five reasons that the Bears shouldn’t re-sign the veteran quarterback.
No. 5 Cutler's A One-Dimensional Quarterback
The only time you will see Cutler on the run is when a defender finds themselves in the backfield and barreling down on the immobile quarterback. Although being immobile isn’t a huge knock on a quarterback, the changing environment of NFL offenses benefit quarterbacks who can run. Players like Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton have excelled as runners, and with the increase of mobile quarterbacks in the college ranks, the Bears could look to bring in a dual-threat quarterback for 2014.
No. 4 Inconsistency With Short Throws
While Cutler possesses the arm strength to chuck the ball downfield, he has shown over his career an inconsistency to hit the open check-down option. In last weeks game alone, Cutler had trouble connecting with receivers five yards away and even had one terrible pass that bounced at the feet of a receiver streaking over the middle. These are the passes every starting quarterback must complete as they are the little plays that pickup first downs and keep drives alive. New head coach Marc Trestman loves airing out the ball, but he also has thrown in a few wrinkles that shift defenses one way, and result in a screen pass the opposite direction. It’s crucial the Bears have a quarterback who can complete those, and recently Cutler hasn’t.
No. 3 Lingering Ankle Injury
Cutler first tore a muscle in his groin in a Week 7 loss to the Washington Redskins, and then last week against the Detroit Lions he injured his ankle and is listed week-to-week. Cutler is already listed out in the Bears’ game against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend, and it’s now understandable why as the Bears put Cutler’s injured ankle in a cast as a precaution. Cutler hasn’t found himself injured very often in his career, but now with two semi-major injuries occurring this season, it’s not in the Bears’ best interest to continue on with an aging quarterback.
No. 2 Marc Trestman Can Start A Legacy
Marc Trestman was known for his brilliant offensive mind while coaching in the CFL, and next season, in his second year in Chicago, he will be presented with the opportunity to bring in his own quarterback and begin a run similar to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s in the early 2000s. Trestman has shown some offensive trickery and imagination this season already, but as he is able to bring in players that better fit his system, his offense will flourish. The Bears are averaging 261 passing yards per game this season, eighth in the NFL, which also takes into account the time Josh McCown was under center.
No. 1 Upcoming Quarterback Draft Class
The 2014 QB class will be one to remember as there will be upward of five drafted in the first round alone. Topping the list is Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota, but after that the talent takes a slight step back, and is spread throughout the first round. A player who may fall to later in the first round that would be a great match in Chicago is Clemson senior Tajh Boyd. He is one of the most experienced passers in the upcoming draft, and he has a big arm that could make Trestman’s offense one of the best in the league right away.