Column: Bears Should Move on From Cutler

This is a personal column on my opinion what the Bears should do, this doesn’t represent as a whole, its owners or posters as a whole. This column just represents my opinion.

Phil Emery has had the 100 million dollar question to answer for almost two full seasons now. How much should Jay Cutler get paid, and how long should he remain a Bear? It wasn’t easy to answer before, and Cutler’s fifth injury in 4.5 seasons has made the question a lot harder for Emery.

Jay Cutler has been the Bears unquestioned starting quarterback since 2009. I believe that his status should change after the 2013 season.

For the fourth straight season, Jay Cutler has suffered a significant injury. In 2010 it was a concussion against the Giants and a sprained MCL against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game. In 2011, Cutler broke his thumb while chasing Antoine Cason on an interception. In 2012 he sustained another concussion against Houston. He also had a neck injury in week 14 against Minnesota that didn’t cause him to miss any time.

This year, after getting sacked for only the tenth time on the year, Jay Cutler tore a groin muscle and will miss at least a month, which will include games against division rivals Green Bay and Detroit.

What if Josh McCown gets the Bears a win in Green Bay for the first time 2007? This is among the many “what-ifs” that face the Bears going forward to the last nine games of the season. If the Bears truly believe that Marc Trestman is a quarterback whisperer, why should they even consider tagging or extending a quarterback who has had average or worse stats during his time in Chicago?

I appreciate that Jay Cutler has at least raised expectations that the offense should be able to score more than 21 points on a consistent basis. However, the Bears going forward need not only a consistent performer but also someone who is consistently healthy. The quarterbacks that makes the most money in the NFL are those that preform at a high level regularly, and are durable for entire seasons.

Cutler unfortunately hasn’t been either of those things in Chicago, and I don’t believe a franchise tag or a 100 million dollar extension for Cutler will make the Bears significantly better or make them closer to serious Super Bowl contenders. A franchise tag or extension won’t eliminate any injury concerns or suddenly turn Cutler into the quarterback Bears fans have waited five seasons for.

The Bears have patiently waited for Jay Cutler to become their franchise quarterback. His inconsistency and his durability prevent him from being the quarterback the Bears and their fans want him to be.
The Bears have patiently waited for Jay Cutler to become their franchise quarterback. His inconsistency and his durability prevent him from being the quarterback the Bears and their fans want him to be.

This won’t be an easy decision for Phil Emery and Marc Trestman to make as it appears that Cutler has worked very hard on limiting his mistakes and becoming a better, more consistent quarterback. Cutler has also been vocal about his support of new offensive linemen Kyle Long and Jordan Mills. It’s clear that this contract year has shaped Cutler into a better player and into a more likeable person in the eyes of both fans and media. However, brownie points only go so far and can’t excuse four years of sub-par play from Cutler. This was a year for Cutler to show that he could be the franchise quarterback that the Bears organization and their fans have been waiting to see. Unfortunately for Cutler, an injury has stopped his chance to prove his worth to the Bears. If the Bears are wise, they wouldn’t wait another year or two for Cutler to preform to his potential. The risk is too great, and the potential gain isn’t enough for the Bears to continue to wait. It’s time for the Bears to trust their quarterback guru and let him develop a quarterback, not to wait around for an inconsistent and injury-prone quarterback to meet expectations he has failed to meet for eight seasons.

4 thoughts on “Column: Bears Should Move on From Cutler

  • October 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I never liked Cutler and never thought he was the Bears instant savior. I always kind of viewed him as a less successful version of Brett Favre with the way he’d take risks with the ball… I am not taking away from his gifted physical talent though.
    That being said, you can’t really blame his previous injuries on him… I’m willing to bet he was near the top of the list for “most sacked” over that period of time.
    The bears line is decent this year and Trestman’s offense made McCown look efficient last week (another qb I think is worthless). I think Cutler will be plenty successful if he buys into the Trestman system and stops trying to hit the home run and hold the ball too long.

  • October 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    This is ludicrous. Jay Cutler was on pace for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns with a 65 percent completion percentage. You can’t just find a player like that anywhere, not to mention Marshall loves the guy. Meaning that if we sign Jay Cutler back at a discount, it means we almost certainly get Marshall back for a discount next year which is absolutely VITAL for us to compete. We could be 7-0 if our defense didn’t suck this year. We NEED Cutler. Anyone who disagrees is clueless and you a few freak injuries don’t change that.

  • October 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Also just because Jay Cutler has only been sacked 10 times doesn’t mean he hasn’t been pressured just as much. According to ProFootballFocus, the Bears are still the second worst pass blocking team in the league. I’m not satisfied with letting Jay Cutler walk.

  • October 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The guy broke his crotch. So what. He’ll be back. The guy went how many seasons with an only defensive rounded coach. Trestman is here now and jay is improving. Btw this season was already pegged basically A trial and error. This offense is still learning eachothers ins and outs so offensively they r on track to a much higher level. By next season jay will be considered mr superbowl instead of mr fouth quarter. This happens in football get over it. btw the only concern goes to defense. Hmm i wonder why jay got injured the past how many seasons. Because lovie did not ever make sure jay was protected.

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