Last season, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler improved in every facet of his game and if it weren’t for multiple injuries, he would have booked his ticket to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.
Cutler had a chip on his shoulder in 2013. Playing on the last year of his contract, Cutler had to perform at a level that would let the Bears’ front office know that he is still the quarterback the Bears need for the future. In 2014, Cutler still has that same chip on his shoulder, but for a different reason.
After convincing the Bears that he is the solution at QB and receiving a massive contract extension, Cutler now has to prove to the Bears’ front office and the entire city of Chicago that he deserves it. With another year under head coach Marc Trestman’s system and another year developing chemistry with the plethora of weapons that the Bears possess, it shouldn’t be a stretch to say that Cutler will have his best statistical season as a pro.
Everything is in place for him: the offensive-minded coach, two Pro Bowl-caliber receivers, a big target at TE who can go get it and a RB who is a proven game-changer. The Bears have instilled all of their trust in the notion that Cutler can lead them to a Super Bowl, and his seven-year, $126.7 million extension is why. That said, the fact that only his first three years are guaranteed means the Cutler is on a three-year leash.
So for the Bears QB, the time is now. Cutler has all the intangibles to be the franchise QB the Bears paid him to be, now it’s time to see if he can finally live up to the hype.