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NFL morning after: The unappreciated Jay Cutler

Bears quarterback Cutler is pressured by Vikings defensive end Griffen during the first half of their NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago Reuters

If you don’t like Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, you’re not alone. A poll of fans conducted last season found that Cutler was one of the Top 5 most disliked players in the NFL.

And if you’re looking for reasons not to like Cutler, you saw one when the Bears beat the Vikings on Sunday: Cutler committed one of the dumber penalties of the day when he ran out of bounds and then threw the ball at Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson. Throwing the ball at an opponent is an automatic 15-yard penalty, as every NFL player should know. Yes, Cutler can be an idiot sometimes.

But if you don’t think Cutler is a good quarterback, well, you’re wrong. Cutler’s abilities were on display in Sunday’s 28-10 win over the Vikings, but they were even more on display in the way the Bears completely fell apart without him a week ago against the 49ers. And Cutler’s importance to the Bears is on display in every game he misses: In the last three years, in games Cutler both started and finished, the Bears are 26-9. In games Cutler either missed entirely or was knocked out because of an injury in the first half, the Bears are 1-8.

No, Cutler doesn’t put up the kinds of numbers that the NFL’s elite quarterbacks produce, but Cutler doesn’t have anywhere near the kind of offensive talent surrounding him that the NFL’s elite quarterbacks have. The Bears have had one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines for Cutler’s entire tenure in Chicago, and they only got a high-level wide receiver for the first time this year, when they traded for Brandon Marshall.

I believe it’s that Chicago offensive line and that Chicago receiving corps — as well as, yes, acting like a jerk at times by doing things like throwing a ball at an opponent — that has made Cutler one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL. This is a good quarterback, playing on a team that appears headed toward the playoffs, in the NFL’s second-biggest media market, and he should get more credit than he does.

Cutler has a great opportunity, however, to change the way he’s regarded over the next couple of months. With the Bears right in the thick of the NFC playoff race, Cutler has the chance to do what he didn’t do when a knee injury knocked him out of the NFC Championship Game a couple years ago, and play the best football of his career on the biggest stage. I think Cutler is going to open some eyes in December and January. And maybe by February, he won’t be unappreciated anymore.

Here are my other thoughts on Sunday’s games:

Robert Ayers was the toughest player in the league on Sunday. Ayers, a backup defensive end for the Broncos, found out late on Saturday night that his father had died suddenly. But instead of heading home right away, he decided to stay in Kansas City to be there for his team against the Chiefs. Ayers played and played well in a 17-9 win in which the Broncos’ defense shut down the Chiefs’ offense, then was awarded a game ball in the locker room afterward and headed home to tend to his family.

Jared Allen got away with a brutal cheap shot. While his teammate Antoine Winfield was returning an interception, Allen launched himself directly into the head of Bears offensive lineman Lance Louis, delivering a hit that knocked Louis out of the game. Allen said after the game that he thought the hit was legal, but he’s wrong. That’s a blatant penalty that the officials somehow missed, but the league office won’t. Allen is in for a big fine.

The Chiefs got too cute. Kansas City’s opening drive against Denver was running smoothly, with an emphasis on running: Out of the Chiefs’ first nine offensive plays, eight of them were runs, and those eight runs produced 48 yards. So what on earth were the Chiefs thinking with the play they called on third-and-3 in the red zone? Instead of running it again, the Chiefs called a bizarre trick play on which running back Peyton Hillis took the snap, ran to his right, then turned around and threw it to quarterback Brady Quinn. Hillis’s pass showed that there’s a reason he’s not a quarterback: He threw an ugly duck that didn’t even get close, falling to the ground a few feet in front of Quinn. That was a dumb play call that stopped a promising drive.

Something has to be done about the officials, Part 1. Everyone saw the horrendous call on Thanksgiving in which the officials somehow ruled that Texans running back Justin Forsett had run 81 yards for a touchdown, even though he was obviously down after just eight yards. But on Sunday not as many people noticed that the opposite mistake was made in the 49ers-Saints game: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree caught a pass, got hit, put his hand down to steady himself and kept running, about to break a big play — except that the officials whistled the play dead, wrongly thinking Crabtree had been down. If we can’t count on the officials to get it right on a call as fundamental as whether or not a player was down, what can we count on them to get right?

Something has to be done about the officials, Part 2. Remember during the lockout, how everyone complained that the replacement refs were dragging out the games by taking way too long to make their rulings? No delays from the replacement refs were as bad as the ridiculous delay late in Sunday’s Ravens-Chargers game. After Ray Rice made an amazing play to turn a short pass into a first down on fourth-and-29, the officials delayed the game by a whopping 10 minutes to watch a replay and re-measure the spot of the ball, only to discover that it had been correctly ruled a first down on the field all along. A 10-minute delay late in the fourth quarter of a close game takes all the energy out of the building. Make the call and move on, refs.

Anyone want to help Charlie Batch out? With Batch, the Steelers’ 38-year-old third-string quarterback, pressed into duty on Sunday, the Steelers needed to get big games from their running backs. Instead, Pittsburgh’s four running backs — Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey — combined for just 49 yards on 20 carries, while fumbling six times. Mendenhall and Rainey had two fumbles apiece, while Dwyer and Redman each had one. The Steelers’ eight turnovers were the most for any NFL team in one game since 2001, and the Steelers were upset by the Browns.

Jim Harbaugh made the right decision. Colin Kaepernick is a better quarterback than Alex Smith, and if anyone doubted it before, no one should doubt it after Kaepernick led the 49ers to a big win at New Orleans on Sunday. Harbaugh was wise to bench Smith in favor of Kaepernick, who is now 2-0 as a starter with wins over the Bears (playing without Cutler) and Saints. With Kaepernick under center, the 49ers are going to be a tough team to beat in January. Although if they meet again in the playoffs, I like the Bears’ chances with a healthy Cutler.

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51 Responses to “NFL morning after: The unappreciated Jay Cutler”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 26, 2012 7:03 AM

    MDS:

    Before the day is out, you’ll hear about the officiating in the Bengals/Raiders game too.

    You’ll see. SMH.

  2. foobarfoofoo says: Nov 26, 2012 7:07 AM

    Regarding 49ers and Kaepernick …

    Kaepernick has greater variance … he has more upside than Smith, but on the downside makes more errors that cost. Sure, in the long run, Kaepernick will be the right choice and the better qb.

    This season, the 49ers will lose a playoff game due to one or more error Kaepernick will make.

    Some might call that “learning curve”. If the 49ers want to win the SB this year, and they have the team to go all the way, they better stick with Smith and then dump him after the season.

    Just my 2 cents.

  3. 1uniquename says: Nov 26, 2012 7:11 AM

    It was a good week of food n football.

  4. mossnomore says: Nov 26, 2012 7:18 AM

    Cutler isn’t under appreciated. Is he, by a long shot, the best QB on the roster? Yes. He missed 2 games against teams that would have given the Bears a run for their money even if he was playing ( Houston and San Francisco) and then returned to put up decent, at best, numbers on a decent, at best, Viking team. 23-31 for 188 1 TD and 1 pick is nothing to write an article about.

  5. wayne1693 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:35 AM

    Jay Cutler is better and more fun to watch when he’s riled up a bit…so whipping the ball at taunting CB is a small price to pay.

  6. 49erstim says: Nov 26, 2012 7:36 AM

    I’d DEFINITELY play the 49ers QB that has a big win vs New Orleans on his resume! :-p

    I said this during the referee lockout. The Regs are hardly better. We’ve just become acclimated to their foolishness.

  7. blatphar says: Nov 26, 2012 7:37 AM

    Bears won’t beat Niners even with Cutler, simply because they can’t block San Fran’s front 7 regardless of who’s at QB. Besides, Kaepernick takes this team to a different level as he already proved against the Bears defense.

  8. cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:46 AM

    Cutler is a great qb and a hero to millions suffering from diabetes and other blood sugar issues. Its amazing he can even play with his body chemistry always on the verge of getting scrambled. And yes, that can make you a little grumpy sometimes.

    As for Kapernick and Smith, I don’t understand the hype. Didn’t Smith lead the team to a totally unexpected 14-2 record last year? Wasn’t he almost perfect in his last full start? How can Kap top that?

  9. cletusvandam says: Nov 26, 2012 7:51 AM

    As a 49er fan I finally feel like with Kaepernick at QB this offense can make a big play at any time. He is young, he will make mistakes, but he can utilize the weapons around him way better than Alex Smith ever could.
    The one thing I really hope changes is the playcalling. I felt numerous times against the Saints the 49ers were still calling Alex Smith plays. Now that you have a QB capable of doing it you MUST get Vernon Davis, Moss, and Crabtree involved early and often.
    Oh and no more poorly designed QB runs, you’re going to get him killed.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Nov 26, 2012 7:59 AM

    I would love to see any other qb in this league play behind the Swiss cheese of an offensive line that the Bears have and be successful like Cutler.

  11. charlescub80 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:04 AM

    I couldn’t believe it when he threw the ball at the other player. What an ass. Or, was it an underhand flip that hit the other player. It was such a slow “throw” that a toddler could have caught it without a problem. If Cutler is going to get hit with a 15 yard penalty he might as well really “throw” it at him.
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  12. 4ever19 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:05 AM

    Cutler is the best QB on the Bears roster? True. Is he the guy to take them deep into the playoffs? No. He is this generation’s Jeff George – big arm, small heart and head. He is so not nearly as good as he thinks he is. His rocket-launcher arm doesn’t make up for his shortcomings as a leader.

  13. fwippel says: Nov 26, 2012 8:07 AM

    As a Viking fan, I had mixed feelings about Cutler coming back. He’s a good QB who can make some dumb throws, but he was on target yesterday. Of course it helps to have a guy like Brandon Marshall to throw to. On the other hand, Ponder’s best target at WR is…..who? Jerome Simpson couldn’t catch a cold, let alone a football.

    Can’t say I agree on the 49er QB change yet, though. Yeah, Kaepernick has looked very good in two games thus far. But two games doth not a career make. It’s going to take more than the past two weeks to validate or invalidate Harbaugh’s move here. One bad game (and all QBs have them) is all it’s going to take for the second-guessing to start.

  14. jdubfla says: Nov 26, 2012 8:11 AM

    Awesome points about Cutler
    I just think the whole team is more confident and play that way with him in there
    More officiating mistakes?
    Cant be… It only happens to the Packers

  15. tim2200 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:12 AM

    Jay Cutler underrated?? By who??
    He’s a QB with HOF skills but has NOTHING between the ears, continues to make rookie mistakes despite being an NFL veteran and lacks any “team leader” qualities.
    Did I miss anything???
    Bears will win nothing with Cutler under center.

    What is going on with the refs this year??
    Randy Moss grabbed a Saints defender by the arm and spun him around preventing a critical INT in the end zone and the replay shows a ref 8 feet away looking straight at the play and nothing gets called. So so bad and it’s happening more and more frequently.

    Kaepernick did not lead the 49′ers to victory yesterday. The 49′ers O scored 17 pts. The Saints O scored 21. It was those 14 points off 2 INTs the Niners returned for TD’s that won the game.
    Please watch the games Mikey Smith.

  16. coldplay519 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:19 AM

    Did no one else see the ridiculous block in the back near the end of Ray Rice’s run?! Not a fan of either team, but it always amazes what is/is not picked up by the media.

  17. ihaterogergoodell says: Nov 26, 2012 8:19 AM

    Mossnomore clearly hasn’t watched enough Bears games to be qualified to speak. The Bears are pure garbage without Cutler, and it is because of his talent that a completion can even be made, let alone a game won. I will site the 2nd half of the Texans game and all last season when he was out with a broken thumb. They couldn’t even beat Tyler Palko and the Chiefs without him!

    Last night was saw the best QB of the NFL (Rodgers) do nothing because of a horrible line. Of course that was a blip on an otherwise fantastic season, but my point is that it’s clear how important good o-line play is when needing a good performance by a QB. Cutler is certainly no Rodgers, but he has unique gifts that have him literally carrying this offense on his shoulders.

  18. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:23 AM

    Not a fan of Jay Cutler or the Bears, but the Bears win-loss record with Cutler can’t easily be dismissed.

    Who would have thought when Philip Rivers talked smack at Cutler years ago, that Cutler would be the one now having success and not Rivers?

  19. joh3092 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:38 AM

    The Vikings are not a great team (decent but not great)…that being said despite the 18 point difference without Cutler that game is 50-50 — with him it was a decisive win.

    He made throw after throw into non-existent window and completed them. The performance belied the modest stat-line.

  20. metalhead65 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    while it is amazing that you wrote something almost non critical of Cutler you also also had to toss in he threw the ball at a viking when in fact he flipped the ball under handed to him which the guy batted down. when you say he threw it at him it brings a different image to people who did not see the play being he is a qb and all. nothing anybody else would have thought twice about but since it is Cutler let’s make it a big deal. being a bears fan I love the fact the guy is not a phony and says it like it is. he may be a jerk but at least he does not hide it and issue fake apologies the next day when he as offended someone.

  21. spawnsacs says: Nov 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Nov 26, 2012 7:59 AM
    I would love to see any other qb in this league play behind the Swiss cheese of an offensive line that the Bears have and be successful like Cutler.

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    Please see Aaron Rodgers and the pathetic Packers O-line. He has been putting up MVP numbers for 5 years now. Cutler is a punk that is a “great teammate” and “undervalued” when they are winning. His performance yesterday was matched by 15 other QB’s in the league.

  22. tucostacos says: Nov 26, 2012 9:22 AM

    There’s a big difference between flipping the ball to an opponent and throwing the ball at him. Jesus, the way you worded makes it sound like there was malicious intent.

  23. ejmat2 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:54 AM

    One more thing. It doesn’t matter how he threw the ball at the opposing player. He still did so which is considered taunting and stupid. If any other player would have done the same thing, I would still agree it was a stupid thing to do.

  24. oaktown49er says: Nov 26, 2012 10:00 AM

    I’m a 49er fan so I have no dog in the race, but I was surprised how many fans were ready to call the Bears dead after last week. Now they’re back in first. I’m not saying the Packers wont win the division but by no means is this thing over.

  25. asublimeday says: Nov 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    Yeah without cutler you really can’t judge the Bears. It’s like the saints without brees or the pats without Brady.

  26. wludford says: Nov 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    Brandon Marshall deserves the credit for the Bears victory, not Cutler. Marshall caught just about everything thrown to him, in tight coverage, including a few balls that really should not have been thrown. Essentially Cutler was just throwing it to Marshall on faith that he’d make a play- and he did.

  27. CKL says: Nov 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    Speaking of officiating…I would like to ask what is up with all these these three man wedges not getting called? I see it darn near every week and it’s never called. Did the rule change or something?

  28. starderup says: Nov 26, 2012 10:23 AM

    It is easy to believe Crybaby Cutler is one of the most disliked players in the NFL; possibly all time.
    I disagree that he is a good QB. He is sometimes very good, but consistency is what counts, and he does not have it.

  29. FinFan68 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:27 AM

    Cutler is one of the best QBs in the league. He plays behind one of the worst offensive lines and has done so for years. He is constantly running for his life and getting creamed by untouched defenders. I seriously doubt Brady/Brees/Mannings could be any more successful than Cutler has been. Rodgers is essentially dealing with the same kind of issue but he has a much better group of receivers. Cutler finally got a decent receiver in Chicago this year. If the Chicago Bears ever figure out how to pass protect consistently they are a true contender with Cutler as QB. The fact that they are a contender right now speaks volumes about Cutler’s importance

  30. Stiller43 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:36 AM

    And on the same play, Boldin had a “hines ward” block (outlawed) on eric weddle (?) so that was missed as well. And it also caused an injury to weddle (or whoever).

  31. coachglove says: Nov 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    The Crabtree and Raiders calls are way worse than the Forsett call. In real time, it is easy to see how someone could miss someone being down and let the play continue. Players are taught to play to the whistle, so no excuses for players letting him get up and run unless they hear the whistle. That can always be corrected via replay (unless the idiot coach lets his temper get in the way of his judgment and throws the red flag even though he has been repeatedly warned NOT to do just that). However, once a play is blown dead – nothing can be done to correct it. Officials should err on the side of caution and let close plays continue because there are mechanisms in place to rectify the error. If they blow a play dead inadvertently, there is simply nothing that can be done…which we saw twice on Sunday.

    Again – when does the media start screaming for reforms that allow the league to suspend/fire refs?

  32. dieterlaser says: Nov 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    And still, even after a 10 minute delay, the refs still got the call wrong in the Chargers/Ravens game. Ray Rice’s knee clearly went down on the 35 yard line with the ball barely ahead of that, at about the 34 and a half yard line. The refs placed it at the 33 and a half originally and after 10 minutes, placed it there again. It was the wrong call and it sure looked like the Ravens got a gift.

  33. anythingbutyanks says: Nov 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    It doesn’t matter what quarterback they replaced, Cutler’s backups would stink it up for any team. They may not be 1-8 on, say, the Patriots, but they wouldn’t be any better than 3-5. This doesn’t prove that Cutler is good. It proves that Hanie, Campbell and the like suck. I think most people realize Cutler is a good quarterback, but he is clearly not elite. At this point I would still rather have both Mannings, Brady, Rogers, Brees, Luck, Griffin, and probably a couple of others before Cutler. Cutler belongs in the Schaub, Flacco, Romo class among NFL QBs.

  34. lionsplayoffs says: Nov 26, 2012 12:11 PM

    Cutler is not a good quarterback. He folds up like a cheap suit any time he finds himself in a big game. This is his seventh NFL season and his career QB rating is 84.1. You pretty much have to be above 80 to be a starting QB. He’s an average QB, at best. Enough with the underrated Jay Cutler and his golden arm. Focus on Chicago’s golden defense if you want to brag about something.

  35. realnostalgia says: Nov 26, 2012 12:14 PM

    It is obvious why Jay Cutler is one of the most disliked players in the league. I don’t know if anyone saw the lamest story ESPN has ever done for Monday night football…. an entire story about Cutler’s FACE? are you kidding me? You see Cutler get heated in games but come on have you not seen Brady get upset on the sidelines? I’m a huge Culter fan because of his talent and his heart. The guy has Diabetes and is out there every game he can. There is so much negative media out there on Jay as a Bear fan thank you for giving him the credit he deserves.

  36. eagleswin says: Nov 26, 2012 12:15 PM

    Something has to be done about the officials, Part 1. Everyone saw the horrendous call on Thanksgiving in which the officials somehow ruled that Texans running back Justin Forsett had run 81 yards for a touchdown, even though he was obviously down after just eight yards. But on Sunday not as many people noticed that the opposite mistake was made in the 49ers-Saints game: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree caught a pass, got hit, put his hand down to steady himself and kept running, about to break a big play — except that the officials whistled the play dead, wrongly thinking Crabtree had been down. If we can’t count on the officials to get it right on a call as fundamental as whether or not a player was down, what can we count on them to get right?

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    You media types really crack me up. The first 3 weeks of the season you guys crucified (with Al Michaels being the worst offender by far), absolutely crucified the replacement refs. There wasn’t a call they made that wasn’t dissected by the announcers or the national media following the games. We were told that the regular refs would cure all ills. The regular refs are much more qualified, the regular refs, according to Mike Perriera, are almost infallible.

    The real reason the players hated the replacements is because the regular refs are BIASED towards several star players. Jared Allen is a perfect example, the guy never get’s called for anything. One of his quotes during the ref lockout was “The regular refs know not to call that on me”.

    Well guys you got your regular refs back. Turns out the old refs really aren’t that much better than the old refs and they do play favorites. The good thing is that because the media whipped the fan into such a frenzy, the NFL conceded on some things such as the ability to fire refs in season. Congrats Media, give yourselves a pat on the back for helping ruin this game.

  37. beefbus says: Nov 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    It was a stupid play by Cutler, but there wasn’t malicious intent at all (he flipped it underhand). He’s obviously not in the elite class of QBs, but he certainly would have a say if his line wasn’t complete garbage and another WR position was upgraded. People that say he’s not smart are dead wrong- Vandy is a highly regarded university for academics. His leadership is reflected by the way his team plays when he’s their QB/leader. Isn’t raising your teammates level of play what leadership is all about?

  38. denverscott says: Nov 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Everyone jumping on the Kaepernick band wagon needs to remember two words. Matt Cassel.

  39. spacincasen says: Nov 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Most Bears fans, at least the ones who have watched every single game since Jay was traded, have had a full appreciation of him for a long time now. Cutler is loved in the city of Chicago and we could really care less what other people think of him because the Bears win a LOT when he’s under center. Next time Jay gets sacked 8 times and the Bears lose, this website will most likely put out another article about his “demeanor” or whatever other negatives you guys love to fabricate and highlight about him, but those who watch him every week will still know that the guy we got under center is the f’n man.

  40. vikesfansteve says: Nov 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Total cheap shot by Allen, he does that sometimes when he is getting run around and over. His season last year was determination based on the fact he had fallen off the prior year after getting married. Now he just had a baby and the same thing. His stomach looks a little flabby as well as his arms and he’s playing like it. Next year he will be back to playing better.

    As far as Cutler, he absolutely owns the Vikings. I wish Ponder could throw the deep ball with accuracy like Cutler, Stafford, Rodgers. He can’t. Plus the Vikings receivers route running is sloppy with no separation. That is all due to coaching. Musgrave needs to go. They won’t get rid of him though because he isn’t dropping passes, missing blocks and getting burned. They should blame Musgrave though and Frasier. They need a motivator and someone who will hold the players accountable for stinking up the place. Frasier doesn’t do that. Ponder needs to be benched in the 2nd half next game if he plays like this again. He won’t be though because of the 3 yr plan Spielman talks about. Ponder is TJAC 2.0 but Spielman is too proud to admit he made a mistake in him, just like Chilly with Jackson.

  41. omegalh says: Nov 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    I think you were wrong about the Crabtree play. Crabtree used the ball hand to steady himself. This makes him down.

  42. dino2997 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:34 PM

    lionsplayoffs says:
    Nov 26, 2012 12:11 PM
    Cutler is not a good quarterback. He folds up like a cheap suit any time he finds himself in a big game. This is his seventh NFL season and his career QB rating is 84.1. You pretty much have to be above 80 to be a starting QB. He’s an average QB, at best. Enough with the underrated Jay Cutler and his golden arm. Focus on Chicago’s golden defense if you want to brag about something.

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    Replace the name Cutler with Stafford and your comment actually makes sense.

  43. matthewcarlson1 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    Okay, but the defense and Michael Bush won that game. They got the ball twice inside the 20 because of a fumble and a terrible int. Bush had a 16 play 80 yard drive by himself for a touchdown. Jay played good but let’s not start planning a parade in his honor just yet. I have to say that Cutler to Marshall is unbelievable, every pass he threw to Marshall was at least double coverage and it still got through. As a Vikings fan I’m used to horrible pass coverage, but I can’t say that was the case on Sunday.

  44. mrbiz8505 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:24 PM

    Cutler doesn’t care what the media thinks about him……and they hate him for it. TJ bitching about how he didn’t stop and shake hands and BS with workers on his way into the game….. IF he did stop and talk then they would say that he’s “not focused” or some other made up story

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    ninjapleazee says: Nov 26, 2012 7:59 AM

    I would love to see any other qb in this league play behind the Swiss cheese of an offensive line that the Bears have and be successful like Cutler.
    —————-

    Rodgers does it.

    And Kaepernick is going to get exposed. Badly, pretty soon.

    And if we have to go back to SF and beat them for a third straight time, with the three safety look, that kid will be running for his life like Rodgers was last night.

  46. comeonnowguys says: Nov 26, 2012 3:03 PM

    The Packers’ line is still head and shoulders above the Bears’. And that was before the Bears lost their only NFL-caliber lineman.

    Complete respect for Rodgers and what he does behind that line, but that’s like comparing “our shields are at 30%” and “we’ve lost all shields, cap’n.”

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 3:16 PM

    I don’t trust Cutler.

  48. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    I would be in a bad mood all the time too if I was Cutler. That offensive line is a wreck and before Marshall came over he was throwing to one of the worst WR groups ever assembled. He isnt exactly as media friendly as Peyton Manning is but he is a pretty solid QB

  49. larryboodry says: Nov 26, 2012 11:25 PM

    You know, if the two worst things you could find to explain why some folks (not true Bears fans) hate jay Cutler are a year-old Forbes poll and his ill-advised ball-flip yesterday, that ain’t bad.

    As a Bears fan since the Sweetness days, I have probably watched 99% of the games on TV…Other than Jay (32-19 overall, 13-3 in his last 16 starts), the only QB the Bears have had in that time who won consistently was Jim McMahon (46-15 as a Bears starter, including an unbelievable 36-5 from ’84 thru ’88.) Injuries killed his career.

  50. thomasglarsen says: Nov 27, 2012 9:42 AM

    Without J. Cutler – It looks like the Bears well…. can’t win. “.” – I wonder how good they would be with an average or just better than average O-line and a decent tight end that can catch and block. I was watching a game replay on one of the networks and they showed how he will throw to a triple or double covered B.M. rather than risking a throw to any of his T.E.’s. – even if they are wide open! I guess that would be frustrating if you are Cutler. Being a Packer fan … I hope when we play them … they triple cover Marshall and leave their T.E. to run sorta free. It’s not worth putting a skilled player on one of those guys because they can’t catch – most of the time. – Packer Tom

  51. toddbook says: Nov 27, 2012 10:05 AM

    Jay Cutler reminds me of another “Head Case” talented quarterback from a few years back. Jeff George.

    Both more worried about themselves than team. both idiots.

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