Jay Cutler is now the man at Chicago. The Windy City is a sports crazed destination. Still, Chicago remains a Bears Town irrespective of the lauded accomplishments of the Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks. Of course, the musical chairs game of incompetence for the Bears at starting quarterback has been well – documented. Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart, Shane Matthews, Rick Mirer, and Rex Grossman are names more so associated with futility than any on the field success. This is a debacle.
Chicago Bears management has literally bet the farm to reverse the ongoing disaster at quarterback. General Manager Jerry Angelo packaged Kyle Orton, 2009 (18thoverall) and 2010 first round picks, and one third rounder (84thoverall) in this year’s NFL Draft to Denver in exchange for quarterback Jay Cutler.Jay Cutler is now The Man and is being sold to Bears Nation as the savior and missing link to finally establish a viable offensive unit on par with a historically dominant defense at Halas Hall.
The latest installment at Chicago Bears quarterback also arrives courtesy of a messy divorce with the Denver Broncos. Cutler threw a fit, demanded a trade, and refused to communicate with players, coaches, and management following speculation that freshly minted Head Coach Josh McDaniels was actively making a play for Matt Cassel. The ultimate deathblow arrived with Cutler’s abject rejection of owner Pat Bowlen’s phone calls. Bowlen has since intimated that he had never felt so insulted over the course of 25 years as the owner of the Denver Broncos.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Quarterback Scouting Report
Jay Cutler is a franchise quarterback.
The Vanderbilt product has emerged as a relative unknown and into the most polished athlete out of the star studded 2006 NFL Draft Class, which featured collegiate heavyweights Matt Leinart, Vince Young, and Reggie Bush.
Jay Cutler, 25, makes all the throws with blazing accuracy and velocity. In fact, the cocksure quarterback actually reasons that his arm strength is superior to that of a young John Elway. Last year, Cutler parlayed these talents and assertiveness into a franchise record season, going 384 – 616, passing for 4,526 yards, and 25 touchdowns. This young quarterback has steadily improved during his NFL tenure and was rewarded with his first Pro Bowl selection last year.
Although Cutler may be described as a pocket passer – the playmaker is far from a statuesque stiff. Cutler deftly senses the pressure, avoids sacks, and extends plays with smart footwork. He has learned these skills through experience – taking only 11 sacks last season, compared to 27 over the prior year. The 2008-2009 Denver Broncos finished with an 8-8 record and the NFL’s third ranked passing attack, largely based upon the strengths of Jay Cutler.
Obviously, this marksman will be a boon to any offensive attack.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Quarterback Profile: We are not in Denver Anymore
Yes, we recognize the fact that the Denver Broncos represent one of the NFL’s proudest franchises. Of course, the Chicago Bears also represent one of the NFL’s proudest franchises. The difference being that Chicago is the NFL’s second largest media market after New York City and our crushing population of 3,000,000 rabid Bears fans makes Denver appear as a relative Cow Town.
Will Jay Cutler wilt beneath the media glare?
The quarterback deprived Chicago Bears have mortgaged the future for this franchise signal caller that must win now. Cutler’s every move both on and off the football field will be scrutinized – with Denver’s Neck Beard Kyle Orton and acquired first-round pick Robert Ayers set to serve as the perfect benchmarks.
For example, Cutler has already become the talk of the town as a regular fixture upon the Rush Street party circuit. Numerous photographs have been leaked onto the Internet that feature a drunken Jay Cutler and the shenanigans have already prompted the Chicago Bears brass to issue statements declaring their unwavering confidence towards the inebriated socialite. Remember, Chicago training camp does not even begin until July at Bourbonnais.
On the gridiron, Cutler will be without the services of Brandon “Baby T.O.” Marshall and Eddie Royal. These two receivers torched opposing defenses with speed, precise route running, and sheer physicality to account for 195 catches, 11 touchdowns, and 2,245 yards of vertical offense.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears will line up Devin Hester and Rashied Davis at wide out. Hester is a return specialist experiment in the passing game and I am certain that no casual football fan outside of Chicago will be able to identify any other member of the Bears receiving corps.
In spite of Cutler’s aforementioned accolades, the quarterback is only 17-20 as a starter and must take some responsibility for the Broncos’ shocking 2008 stretch run collapse. Denver lost three straight games and was shellacked by division rival San Diego 52 – 21 to effectively slam the door shut upon any NFL Playoff hopes at Mile High.
Cutler must learn to play more conservatively within the Chicago offense, check down, and work the middle to tight end Greg Olson or dump the ball off into the flats for versatile running back Matt Forte.
No, we are not in Denver, anymore.
I doubt that Cutler will be given the keys to the car to aggressively air out the football for 616 attempts beneath the swirling winds of Soldier Field. Bears Nation has already had enough experience with gun slinging, strong – armed SEC quarterbacks that originally hail from the state of Indiana.
Remember Rex Grossman?
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Quarterback Profile and Scouting Report:
The Official Web Site of the NFL, www.nfl.com
The Official Web Site of the Chicago Bears, http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html
The Official Web Site of the Denver Broncos, http://www.denverbroncos.com/
The Official Web Site of Jay Cutler, http://www.jaycutler.org/
Pro Football Reference, NFL Stats, http://www.pro-football-reference.com/