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Jay Cutler: "I haven't played up to my expectations"

The Chicago Bears thought they were getting one of the league’s elite quarterbacks when they traded for Jay Cutler this season. Suffice to say, they haven’t gotten what they expected.

And suffice to say Cutler hasn’t played the way he expected, either.

I haven’t played up to my expectations,” Cutler said. “I think that’s the most important part. I can play better. I know that. It’s a process, though. I think everyone in the offense knows what we’re trying to get done. We’re dressing young guys. We’ve got some new guys and we’re still trying to gel a little bit. It’s going to come though.”

For the Bears, it’s certainly good to know that Cutler hasn’t lived up to his own expectations. If Cutler — who’s leading the league in total interceptions, red zone interceptions, fourth quarter interceptions and third down interceptions — had expected to play like this, the Bears would have even bigger problems.

Still, when Cutler starts to talk about “young guys” and “new guys,” there’s a faint whiff of excuse-making going on. Cutler has come across as nonchalant when discussing his lousy play this season,
and he still seems at times like he fails to grasp how big a disappointment he’s been.

Cutler says he’s not surprised that fans in Chicago have booed him.

“When they made the trade, we knew it was going to happen,” Cutler said. “They gave away a lot to get me here. Expectations were high, so it’s something that comes with the territory.”

Booing comes with the territory, that is, if those high expectations aren’t met. In Chicago, Cutler isn’t playing up to anyone’s expectations.

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  1. thebootguy says: Nov 25, 2009 4:08 PM

    You haven’t played up to anybody elses either!!!

  2. PervyHarvin says: Nov 25, 2009 4:09 PM

    Don’t worry Cuntler, SmackMyVickUp says you can be the next Favre or Elway! You have hope son!
    Oh yah, things only getting worse Sunday Cuntler. You know,the Vikings are waiting. Can’t wait to watch Allen and the guys bash you to the turf all day. You are a puss.

  3. cballlv11 says: Nov 25, 2009 4:11 PM

    I would like to nominate Jay Cutler for the “Understatement of the Year” award!!!!

  4. Gene Simmon's Tongue says: Nov 25, 2009 4:16 PM

    PFT says:
    Jay Cutler: “I haven’t played up to my expectations”
    __________________________________
    Duh, same thing Denver told him other than “don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out”!

  5. Merriman's Dealer says: Nov 25, 2009 4:18 PM

    Worlds biggest TOOL. With a capital Douche.

  6. Sourdough says: Nov 25, 2009 4:21 PM

    @thebootguy: Not true. Jay is playing exactly like I expected. Cutler stinks!

  7. Bigbluefan says: Nov 25, 2009 4:24 PM

    NO SHIT!!!!!!!!
    WOW THIS ones a keeper
    The once mighty bears are changing there name to the Koala’s they are almost bears

  8. Xpensive Wino says: Nov 25, 2009 4:26 PM

    “Faint whiff?” Losers like Cutler always throw people under the bus to deflect blame even when they think they’re being stand up guys and assuming responsibility.
    I think Cutler has established a new barometer by which to scout a quarterback’s leadership skills. If a quarterback ever comes onto the field with shoulders hunched and his chin touching his chest, he’s a loser!
    Is there any other professional athlete whose body language and facial expressions exude less confidence??????

  9. Brat Favre says: Nov 25, 2009 4:28 PM

    Jay Cutler, You sir, Are A PUSSY.

  10. purpleguy says: Nov 25, 2009 4:29 PM

    Funny how Rodgers and Favre seem to be doing okay with quite a few young guys dressing and lining up on the O-line and at WR.

  11. rydendonkeys says: Nov 25, 2009 4:31 PM

    Dear Jay,
    If I was the Bears QB, I guarantee I’d be wearing a ring right now.
    -Jeff George

  12. karmathaitch says: Nov 25, 2009 4:34 PM

    Cuntler says it all

  13. thebootguy says: Nov 25, 2009 4:34 PM

    @Sourdough: LMAO!!! Wonder what Angelo is thinking now?

  14. aznjay7 says: Nov 25, 2009 4:35 PM

    Still, when Cutler starts to talk about “young guys” and “new guys,” there’s a faint whiff of excuse-making going on.
    ===========================
    what excuse? He’s telling the truth mike smith (i hope ur not the douchebag mike smith from ESPN) To start the season, the bears have 6 new starters on offense…and it doesnt help when he throws to a converted CB/KR to WR in hester, a rookie in knox, and pretty much another rookie in earl bennet since he didnt step onto the field in his rookie year last year. The receivers aren’t helping him out either. Hopefully we can address that in the offseason…

  15. FireJerryJones says: Nov 25, 2009 4:42 PM

    He throws the pretties INT’s. Should be something for style.
    He cashes paychecks real good too.
    A guy you really want to build your franchise around.

  16. rydendonkeys says: Nov 25, 2009 4:43 PM

    aznjay7 – you are right, it was Knox’s fault that Cutler overthrew him by 8 yards on a simple go route, and it was Hester’s fault that Cutler overthrew him and Olsen on corner route and the sluggo.
    ERRRRRRRRRR

  17. alewatcher says: Nov 25, 2009 4:43 PM

    Jay Cutler hasn’t even played up to Rex Grossman’s expectations.

  18. sim448 says: Nov 25, 2009 4:43 PM

    he sucks. i have been saying it for 3 years. he is drew bledsoe, except drew was better

  19. Biff Henderson says: Nov 25, 2009 4:45 PM

    When you overthrow wide open recievers you have to place the blame were? It was the field conditions, the wind, the lighting, the temperature, the atmospheric pressure, the humidity, negative crowd energy, he was distracted by birds flying overhead?

  20. Krow says: Nov 25, 2009 4:46 PM

    The Bears have bigger problems than Cutler. He’s not the source of all their troubles.

  21. C Hamet Benengali says: Nov 25, 2009 4:51 PM

    Cutler was never nearly as good as he was cracked up to be to begin with.
    Any NFL QB (especially those with a big arm) can put up such impressively massive numbers playing for a team that routinely plays from 2 scores behind like those defensively deficient Donco outfits Cutler played for.
    Once the opponent would inevitably rack up the score, they switch to prevent/contain/bend don’t break mode for almost the entire game and let him take what they give him, racking up beaucoup first downs, very high completion percentage and tons of empty yards in comeback mode.
    Now you see what happens when that QB goes to a team where he would actually have to truly play the position in a more ‘competitive’ situation sans high octane attack without offensive gurus running the show.

  22. Kiss Bills Rings says: Nov 25, 2009 4:53 PM

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree….he’s playing no better than I ever thought he would….he stunk in Denver & now he’s stinkin’ up the windy city…..

  23. Vikefanman says: Nov 25, 2009 4:57 PM

    The question that I have is…WHY was there an “expectation” that a guy with a 17-20 career record as an NFL starter was supposed to be a savior? He won 46% of his games…..this year so far he is at 40% so far. Doesn’t look like much of a drop off to me. Was he expected to be great because of the dynamic receivers that the Bears have? HAHAHAHA WHATEVER! The Bears are what we thought they were. A team made up of a “past its prime” defense and an offense made up of second tier players…..and Cutler is just part of that equation. The best part is that the Bears mortgaged their future on Jay…as if he were the only missing piece. It’s going to be 5 plus years before they hit the .500 mark again!
    Jay….quit beating yourself up…..you are no worse now then you have been in the past! Then again….you are no better either!

  24. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 25, 2009 5:16 PM

    again you gotta love bronco fans hating on cutler. if he was so awful then why all the whining and crying when they traded him.what happened to all the how can you get rid our young all pro qb?oh wait it mst have been that great start and the coach of the year you were ready to fire in pre-season right?so how’s that working out for you guys now?4 in a row going on 5 this week.we all know he sucks in the bears offense as any qb would under ron that play worked so we can’t run it again turner. bears fans can only hope they bring out the broom at the end of this horrible year.

  25. Obeah says: Nov 25, 2009 5:19 PM

    No sh!t Jay!!

  26. FumbleNuts says: Nov 25, 2009 5:20 PM

    “I haven’t played up to my expectations,” Cutler said.”
    Dude, are you brain dead?
    You could have took off running on many plays that last game and got some serious yards….. But you didn’t? Friggin’ grow a pair!
    You completely PANIC when the heat is on. You need to react concisely and throw it away if your recivers are covered.
    Spend extra time in practice with your receivers and get on the same page…. then maybe you won’t overthrow them all the time.
    Cutler, you need to step up and lead this team, quit bitchin’ about everyone. Put the time in to get more polished, or are you just another turd?
    You know what they say about turds………..

  27. danielsanchez06 says: Nov 25, 2009 5:32 PM

    Only a Bears fan would have the worst quarterback in the league, and still defend him at every opportunity. The guy hasn’t shown us anything. He has the most interceptions in the NFL. Do Bears fans understand that? Nobody in the league has more interceptions than Jay Cutler. If he hadn’t just signed an enormous contract, and been part of the most lopsided trade in NFL history, he’d be a backup right now. It’s so sad the state the Bears are in. They’ll defend him until his contract runs out, and the Bears still haven’t gotten to the Super Bowl. Good luck with the most overrated quarterback in the league. Can you say Derek Anderson all over again? Geez.

  28. Occam says: Nov 25, 2009 5:39 PM

    It could be worse, Chicago fans. He could be giving you the old JaMarcus Russel, “I think I been playing pretty good” line.

  29. Vikes#28Owns says: Nov 25, 2009 5:42 PM

    The thing about Cutler is that if you look at his record he just cannot win on the road. While his home record is slightly above .500 his away record stands at like 8-15. That just won’t cut it in the NFL. Maybe he lets the crowd get into his head too much or something.

  30. Golden_Niner says: Nov 25, 2009 5:49 PM

    Enough of the “It’s a process, though. I think everyone in the offense knows what we’re trying to get done.”
    These over paid dumbass’ need to admit they suck! Like the niners coaching staff needs to admit they have no phukin idea what it takes to coach a team.
    Everyone keeps saying “oh, we’ll get where we want to get soon.” or “we know what we want to do.” what they need to say is “we’re retarded, and we’re pretending that we know what we’re doing. we’re sorry, but this is what your team has become. that’s what happens when you have clueless GM’s and owners that think they know the game, but honestly are about as retarded as the people they bring into your cherished organization.”
    Honesty goes further than the smoke they keep blowing up the fan’s ass!

  31. Beardoggs says: Nov 25, 2009 5:55 PM

    All u Fudgepacker fans and the Viqueens fans time will tell, the season isnt over yet just wait and see and do ur talkin in Feb.

  32. Vikefanman says: Nov 25, 2009 6:26 PM

    Beardoggs says:
    November 25, 2009 5:55 PM
    All u Fudgepacker fans and the Viqueens fans time will tell, the season isnt over yet just wait and see and do ur talkin in Feb.
    HAHAHAHAHAHA….. The season for the Bears was over in September! Your Defense is old, slow, and non existant. And your Defense is still the best part part of your team.

  33. chunky soupy sales says: Nov 25, 2009 6:36 PM

    So what does having young guys on your team do with constantly throwing the ball to the OTHER team?
    And since he admits to sucking, why can’t an owner pay a player less money? After all when a player actually lives up to expectations, they want to renegotiate for more money. Let’s flip it around.

  34. KENTUCKY FUK NUCKLE says: Nov 25, 2009 6:40 PM

    The two big (most hyped) off season moves were both in the NFC north Minnesota – Chicago. Holy-hell do they look different with a little hindsight

  35. Scoop says: Nov 25, 2009 6:43 PM

    To the dude that said this: “Any NFL QB (especially those with a big arm) can put up such impressively massive numbers playing for a team that routinely plays from 2 scores behind like those defensively deficient Donco outfits Cutler played for”
    Nice effort…good theory…but another example of folks picking stuff out of the sky to pretend they have a clue. The reality is Cutler got worse the more out of hand the game got. That’s part of incredulity some of us Bronco fans had when he was reinvented into a ‘franchise’ QB when it became more fashionable to rip Josh McD. The guy never once showed the ability to transcend the circumstance surrounding him in Denver, which was once the standard for separating the Dilfers from the Montanas.
    He is what he was…and probably what he’ll always be.

  36. Beardoggs says: Nov 25, 2009 6:53 PM

    Hey Vikefanman, speaking of old, wait till the playoffs when #4 does his OLD same things and choke, like the Viqueens always do.

  37. CutlerISaPussy says: Nov 25, 2009 7:15 PM

    Hey Beardoggshit-
    Can’t wait to see how you are going to fix your wretched team since you have given away all of your draft picks and have a couple of douchebags running your team that couldn’t make a pick to save his life!!
    We may choke in the playoffs this year, but at least we will be playing in them and not sitting at home. Then again, we might not choke. At least we will get to watch our team after the regular season. You douchebags just keep giving Denver more reason to smile. They might get a top 10 pick the way the PandaBears are heading!
    SKOL Vikings!!!!

  38. Whiskeytangofoxtrot says: Nov 25, 2009 7:17 PM

    When are NFL owners/scouts/GMs going to learn to draft QBs for their heads, and not their arm, size, or speed? The greatest QBs of all time were all great LEADERS. Montana, Unitas, Elway, on and on. Today we have Brees playing all-world football, and the guy ain’t 6 feet tall in high heels, nor does he have a cannon arm. But he’s a tireless worker and a true leader. Same for Montana.. lasted into the 3rd round because he was “small” and had an “average” arm. But he was a WINNER, at every level leading up to the NFL. Yet we still have teams salivating over guys like Cutler, JaMarcus Russell, Cryin Leaf, Vince Young, Jeff George, etc. Wake up people! To be successful at QB takes a lot more than physical tools.

  39. hk94 says: Nov 25, 2009 7:23 PM

    I almost feel bad for this guy. Almost. It was the Chicago media that annoited him as the savior and started calling for a Super Bowl appearance this year. He never made those statements. His laid back demeanor in interviews makes it sound like he doesn’t care, but I guess that goes with the territory of having your every move disected.
    But, he did act like a douchenozzle in Denver, and you reap what you sow.

  40. CKL says: Nov 25, 2009 7:40 PM

    Orton had an average defense in PA last year (they were 16th) and the Bears were above .500 in W-L when HE threw 30 or more passes ( 9 times they were 5-4). Cutler? Not so much.
    Cutler is not to blame for having a bad defense, he is to blame for making bad into worse. Orton seldom does that. Hence one reason for McDaniels preference for the Orton type from jump even though in no universe does Orton have Cutler’s physical skills.

  41. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 25, 2009 7:48 PM

    PervyHarvin says: November 25, 2009 4:09 PM
    Don’t worry Cuntler, SmackMyVickUp says you can be the next Favre or Elway! You have hope son!
    ———————————–
    Cutler is matching up pretty closely with Favre’s 3rd year in GB. Believe Favre had a little bit more help then Cutler does now.
    Consider Vince Young was drafted the same year as Cutler, only higher and Vince (the sensitive one) has a much worse td/int ratio, not to mention a fragile ego.
    I think he’ll do fine once they get some support for him. Vikings on the other hand get to look forward to Tavaris Jackson starting next year.

  42. Philtration says: Nov 25, 2009 8:12 PM

    danielsanchez06 says: November 25, 2009 5:32 PM
    Only a Bears fan would have the worst quarterback in the league, and still defend him at every opportunity.
    —————————————————-
    Don’t watch a lot of football do you?

  43. Drafty says: Nov 25, 2009 8:40 PM

    “React concisely” is my favorite advice for Jay posted here so far.
    It makes no sense on so many levels. It just might work.

  44. stanjam says: Nov 25, 2009 9:25 PM

    Umm, Jay? They aren’t booing because of the high expectations. They are booing because you complete more passes to the other team than you do your own, and because the team traded away its future in getting you.
    The fans should be booing that monumental mistake, and should have booed it from the beginning. How many picks did they give up? As well as the QB that could have taken over after the mistake was realized? Cutler was never that good. He has plenty of talent, and has wonderful potential, but he isn’t very consistent, and hasn’t been able to handle the big games. When the pressure is on he tends to fold, like a worse version of Peyton Manning. If it were otherwise then Denver would have some rings. They certainly had the talent.

  45. Silver&Black666 says: Nov 25, 2009 9:39 PM

    “FireJerryJones says:
    He throws the pretties INT’s. Should be something for style.
    He cashes paychecks real good too.
    A guy you really want to build your franchise around”
    Al Davis is doing just that!

  46. PolegoJim says: Nov 25, 2009 9:40 PM

    Chicago – thank you for putting Denver out of it’s misery. Everyone knows Orton isn’t the Denver future, so at least they can build.
    You got your franchise QB, you’re welcome. Too bad it had to happen to Lovie. You can bet, he’s done after this year.

  47. Hovenaut says: Nov 25, 2009 11:28 PM

    Ah, duh.

  48. JimmySmith says: Nov 26, 2009 10:29 AM

    I remember the day the trade was made, all the Bear fans were thrilled with getting a QB who didn’t even have a .500 winning percentage as a starting QB in Denver.
    I guess that is what passes for a franchise QB in Chicago.

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