The recently fired Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner says that the expectations on quarterback Jay Cutler were too high coming into this season.
“He came into a difficult situation with the expectations as high as they were,” Turner said on ESPN Radio in Chicago. “As soon as he got here everybody said ‘Jay Cutler is here,’ and now the expectations went through the roof.
“I don’t know if that was realistic with the issues we had on the offensive line and with the young receivers. We all knew it was going to take some time. I’m not sure anybody else did. I think there was a huge weight on his shoulders to come in and really produce at a high level.”
Maybe the expectations in Chicago were too high. But a couple of questions come to mind: Was it really too much to ask that Cutler throw fewer than 26 interceptions this season? And if that was too much to ask, why did the Bears trade Kyle Orton and two first-round draft picks to acquire Cutler?
When asked whether Cutler has what it takes to take the Bears to the Super Bowl some day, Turner answered, “time will tell.”