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Bears will “continue to build the offense” around Jay Cutler

CHICAGO, IL- JANUARY 03: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions on January 3, 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) Getty Images

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said recently that he couldn’t think of any reason why he wouldn’t return to the team for the 2016 season and General Manager Ryan Pace said pretty much the same thing during a Monday press conference.

Cutler is coming off of his best season as a member of the Bears and perhaps the best season of his career after an offseason that featured many calls for the team to move on without the quarterback. Pace pointed out Cutler’s drop in turnovers and the fact that he played well despite several injuries to skill position players while expressing the team’s confidence in moving forward with Cutler under center.

“I think Jay knows that we have extreme confidence in him,” Pace said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re going to continue to build the offense around him; I think he knows that. I think he also knows that, ‘Hey, we’re always going to draft best player available, too, and acquire as much talent as we can.’ We’ve been very open and honest with all our players.”

If there’s a fly in the ointment in Chicago, it would be the potential loss of offensive coordinator Adam Gase to a head coaching job. Cutler called Gase’s system the best he’s ever played in on Monday and the team could still have continuity by promoting Dowell Loggains from quarterbacks coach if Gase does leave, which would probably be a sound way to go if the team wants more of the same from Cutler in 2016.

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  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:15 PM

    Haven’t they been building an offense “around him” for something like 5 years now ?

    Maybe they need to look at getting some new personnel people

  2. vikingforlife says: Jan 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Good One!!!!!!!!!!

  3. spiffybiff says: Jan 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    Worked so well before. Guy had a dream team around him in 2013,2014 and he was average. Some people just don’t get it

  4. MurdochMysteries says: Jan 4, 2016 5:23 PM

    They have to. Thanks to his contract, it’s actually cheaper to get new ownership than to replace him as QB.

  5. bassplucker says: Jan 4, 2016 5:26 PM

    Hopefully that means getting some better pass blockers on the O-Line and figuring out a way to keep our top 3 WRs healthy.

    Say what you want but Cutler was basically playing with one hand tied behind his back all season. I watched every Bears game and I can’t recall a single game all year where we had all of our offensive 1st stringers on the field on the same time for a full game. It was just that bad.

  6. rabidbillsfan says: Jan 4, 2016 5:32 PM

    Well, I think what they meant by building the team was A.) Getting a WR that can stay on the field (or atleast step foot on the field) on a consistent basis, and B.) Finding a reliable replacement for Matt Forte, both from the backfield and in pass patterns. Cutler has always had the tools to be good, maybe Gase finally got through to him. Maybe we might have seen a bit of maturity from Mr. Cutler as well.

  7. soldierofhalas33 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:33 PM

    harrisonhits2
    Jan 4, 2016, 5:15 PM EST

    Haven’t they been building an offense “around him” for something like 5 years now ?

    Maybe they need to look at getting some new personnel people
    _________________________________________

    They did get new personnel people and this was their first year running the show. So Ryan Pace hasn’t been on the job building around him for 5 years. We had other inept people doing that. Do you even pay attention to football or are you one of those casual fans that just rips people with no logic or facts to back it up? Seems like the latter to me.

  8. bearssuck says: Jan 4, 2016 5:37 PM

    Music to my ears.

  9. bears5683 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:43 PM

    My biggest concern is that Cutler’s best season is the season fan had THE LEAST expectations. Next year expectations will be high, especially with a healthy core of receivers (White, Jeffery, Royal etc.) just like when he was a top 5 choice in MVP betting odds preseason 2014.

  10. beardownfromcali says: Jan 4, 2016 6:07 PM

    Does Gase’s departure impact Cutler’s numbers? We shall see!

  11. homesbypatrick says: Jan 4, 2016 6:15 PM

    trot 3 real WR’s out there, put Long back at RG and get 4 real O-Linemen who can stay healthy and work well as a unit and you would see this offense grow. This offense did set records a couple years ago.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 4, 2016 6:16 PM

    Well, they don’t come much more offensive than Cutler.

  13. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jan 4, 2016 6:22 PM

    Irrelevant

  14. headwoundharry says: Jan 4, 2016 6:28 PM

    Wake me when Diva Cutler becomes a .500 QB.

  15. isphet71 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:28 PM

    In other news, GM still plans on building cars around bent axles.

  16. cfos00 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:36 PM

    Absolutely the right plan. Spend money/draft picks on Alshon, a LT, maybe a C, and the defense. We don’t have strong Corners or pass rushers, and could use more fat kids up front to free the LBs up. We have money to spend. Cutler was not the problem this year, and anyone who watched the Bears play would know that. Hopefully, White turns out to be good, and we have a WR corp that’s scary again after giving away Marshall for absolutely nothing. Cutler shouldn’t be going anywhere.

  17. lionsnati0n says: Jan 4, 2016 6:43 PM

    Why would you trade Greg Olson so young.

  18. jojopuppyfish says: Jan 4, 2016 6:47 PM

    As a long time Bears fan, you can win with Cutler but, like Mark Rypen, you need a great team around him to get to the super bowl.
    Their defense, while better than last year, still was terrible.

    You wont win with any qb if you have a bad defense.

  19. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Jan 4, 2016 7:05 PM

    Jay is the best option, the league is filled with starting QB’s that will make you cringe thinking they’re your starter. Jay isn’t the long term solution, but can fill the QB position just fine for now and he has become a cap steal in the his third year of the contract he got from Phil Emery that everyone laughed about.

  20. Vikings Fans Have Small Minds says: Jan 4, 2016 7:14 PM

    And the Bears will continue to suck then. They’ve changed coordinators a million times, got their guru in Trestman, had Marshall, Bennett, Jeffery and Bennett and their offense still sucked.

    Wake up…it’s your quarterback with the million dollar arm and the 10 cent brain.

  21. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 4, 2016 7:30 PM

    And the Lions will continue to sweep the Bears every year

  22. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 4, 2016 9:40 PM

    spiffybiff says:
    Jan 4, 2016 5:21 PM
    Worked so well before. Guy had a dream team around him in 2013,2014 and he was average. Some people just don’t get it

    ——-

    They had the worst statistical defense in team history. He was in a shoot out every game. With one good guy blocking.

  23. bloozmann says: Jan 4, 2016 11:04 PM

    Cutler is the least of the Bears problems..In fact, he is one of the better players on that team

  24. vikingforlife says: Jan 5, 2016 8:43 AM

    Let’s see…. 3 head coaches, countless coordinators, countless teammates…… How many does he have to run out of town ’til they get this right???????

  25. iowahbr says: Jan 5, 2016 8:48 AM

    Cutler is not great but he is the least of the big issues for the Bears. Defense at so many positions needs help and we need receivers than can play 12 to 14 games a year and at least 3 dependable O lineman..

    Keeping Forte and Langford would be great but in typical Bears fashion it will not happen.

  26. docsweeney says: Jan 5, 2016 9:10 AM

    For as much as many apologists said “Aaron Rodgers had an off year because he lost his #1 receiver”, Cutler played several games with his top #3 or 4 receivers’ gone. How many QBs would have a solid year (which he did) given the dearth of weapons he had?
    Think Pace and Fox will get this turned around. Had 11 games decided by less than a TD and went 5-6 in those. If you improve your D, get a healthy WR core out there and add some better blocking, they could be a 10-11 win team next year.

  27. vikingforlife says: Jan 5, 2016 3:20 PM

    Hmmmmmm….tell that to Brady who basically had the same problem! And yet, he still won his games, didn’t he? Other teams had numerous injuries, always have and will continue to. Excuses, excuses, excuses!!!! If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas!!!!

  28. rlpftt says: Jan 5, 2016 3:43 PM

    Lol…why would you build around a loser? The Bears will continue to be the garbage of the NFCN for years to come, especially with Cutler at the helm.

  29. atthemurph says: Jan 5, 2016 4:11 PM

    If Cutler is the answer then I want to know what the question is.

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