Why is this such a revelation now?
Prior to joining the Bears, Jay had 2 full seasons in the NFL. I don’t think he was great but he was good and he was young. Good young players tend to, you know, get better. Perhaps you are much smarter than I am, but I don’t judge players after 2 years, especially QB’s. I can’t think of any QB’s who were finished products after 2 years in the league. The list of great QB’s who weren’t great after Year 2 is a long, long list.
I also could care less about Jay’s W-L record at Vanderbilt. If you think college W-L reflects on a QB’s ability, then you must think Matt Leinart is a great QB since he won so much in college. Leinart had a great team around him, Cutler had a bad team around him.
So I do find the fact that after 2 years in the league, Cutler is much worse now than he was then, somewhat surprising.
Actually I supported the trade.
But there were clear cut red flags with Jay Cutler, most prominently his fallout in Denver. Weird how Kyle Orton did not have a hissyfit when McDaniels brought Brady Quinn into camp and drafted Tim Tebow. As for Cutler, did he really earn the type of stripes of being so overly indignant over the possibility of being traded or competing for the starter’s position?
Mike Martz seems to be going overboard with the lavishing praise for Cutler. Is that really necessary to stroke the ego? A real 180 degree difference from Martz’s comments prior to joining the coaching staff. Seemingly insincere as well.
Jay Cutler has a cannon for an arm. He can also improv with the scrambling from time to time. But he has happy feet in the pocket and clearly is uncomfortable with a 7 step drop as instructed by his guru. Cannot blame him as this offensive line is just plain offensive.
The OL is no better than last season, it seems. It begins and ends with providing Cutler protection. However at some point, Cutler is going to have to adjust to the piss poor protection and flat out make some big plays other than the interception - pic 6 - variety.
Time to be honest. Is the offensive line that bad or just unwilling to lay it all out for protecting its quarterback?
Personally, I think Urlacher’s “Jay’s a pussy” quote (disputed or not in its authenticity) continues to resonate in that locker room. Brian may claim that the Bears are “Jay’s team” but who is really buying this assertion? And I highly doubt that it really helps to have Martz heap such hyperbolic b.s. about his quarterback. Nobody gets along with the teacher’s pet.
I have watched plenty of bad Bears football, just like everyone else here. Yet, I’d be hard pressed to find a bigger disconnect between an OL and its QB than the current situation. Jim Miller was nothing special but commanded plenty of respect from his line. And yes, so did Grossman who took more slings and arrows for the very same problems that Cutler continues to get a pass on. As for Orton, he was never going to win a big game but rarely did he lose managing one. As Cap Rooney told Tony, “they won’t play for him.” I wonder if we are witnessing the very same symptoms.
Looking back, Cutler was worth a shot when made suddenly available. It is hard to fault Jerry Angelo for the acquisition. The Chicago media would never have let up on Angelo if the opportunity was passed over. But the mentality that Cutler was basically “better than any top draft pick” selection that could be made by Jerry Angelo is a clear indictment against the GM. And this is clearly not the coaching staff that is likely to resurrect Cutler’s career to revive anything currently experienced by the other teams in this division.
For God’s sake, Matt Stafford is developing faster.
I cannot help but question what the hell kind of camp is run by Lovie Smith. Every other NFL team seems to be preparing to play football. For Lovie and his college of former terrible to mediocre head coaches, it seems to be an academic pursuit to validate an antiquated cover-2 defense and the brilliance of Professor Martz.
Enough of trying to cover coaches asses and their philosophies.
Let’s win some football games.