Jay Cutler: Justin Fields should sit at first, adjustment is hard in Chicago

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Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says Justin Fields needs something Chicago may not have a lot of: Patience.

Fields, the first-round draft pick who is being hailed as a franchise savior, shouldn’t be the Bears’ Week One starter, in Cutler’s opinion.

“I wouldn’t play the kid to start,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “I would let him watch. I think it’s just a tough spot to put someone out there, especially in Chicago. I think Andy is more than serviceable. I think they can win games with Andy and kind of float the ship along until the kid is ready.”

With Bears coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace knowing that their jobs are on the line this year, they may feel like they can’t exercise too much patience: They need to show results in 2021 if they’re going to have jobs in 2022. But if Cutler is right about the time Fields will need to adjust, Dalton starting may actually give the Bears the best chance to win, and give Nagy and Pace the best chance to stay in their jobs long enough to reap the benefits of drafting Fields.

45 responses to “Jay Cutler: Justin Fields should sit at first, adjustment is hard in Chicago

  1. Feel like it wasn’t intentional, but Cutler threw some serious shade at Andy Dalton here.

  2. Sorry, but Justin Fields is maybe 2/3’s the player that Andy Dalton is on a bad day.

    Unless Dalton gets hurt or Nagy/Pace are real idiots (which is possible), I can’t see Fields even being active.

  3. I don’t think anyone needs Cutler’s advice. It’s pretty much common sense. But the entire organization has been under immense pressure since the Khalil Mack trade fiasco didn’t pay dividends. They have been trading away the future to win right now, but they’re just digging deeper and deeper. Whoever takes over when they eventually clean house should be given at least a six year guaranteed contract. It might take a while to undo all the mistakes these people have made. Fields isn’t the short term or long term answer. Maybe he’ll be better than Andy Dalton in 2 or 3 years, but that’s not guaranteed. Trubisky was better than any of these QB’s. The lesson to be learned is when you trade away the house for big name, big money free agents, you better check out their mindset, not just a highlight tape.

  4. Cutty ain’t wrong. But we all know what Nagy will do. Probably, week one…

  5. I don’t care who the QB is…..I want some offense. Naggy needs to do something!!!

  6. What has become apparent is that QB’s from Ohio State are not pro-caliber material. The sooner Justin starts, the sooner he’ll prove this statement. The best thing for him and for Ohio State is for him to disappear in 2021.

  7. dejadoh says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Sorry, but Justin Fields is maybe 2/3’s the player that Andy Dalton is on a bad day.

    Unless Dalton gets hurt or Nagy/Pace are real idiots (which is possible), I can’t see Fields even being active.

    You can’t see their first round pick being active? That’s one of the most outlandish things I’ve read in a while.

  8. One thing people forget is rookies cannot read defenses when they are disguised. Rookies dont know blitzes and hot reads and audibles. Defensive coordinators can take the run away from a mobile qb and then bait them into bad throws. Starting him early does nothing but ruin his confidence and blow the season early. The bears can win 10+ games with Dalton and that defense.

  9. dejadoh says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Sorry, but Justin Fields is maybe 2/3’s the player that Andy Dalton is on a bad day.

    Unless Dalton gets hurt or Nagy/Pace are real idiots (which is possible), I can’t see Fields even being active.

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    Michigan fan.

  10. You can rag on the statement all you like because it came from Cutler, but he is 100% right here. Fields is raw and needs to ride the bench for a year. Worked fine for Mahomes.

  11. patrickvwashington says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm
    One thing people forget is rookies cannot read defenses when they are disguised. Rookies dont know blitzes and hot reads and audibles. Defensive coordinators can take the run away from a mobile qb and then bait them into bad throws. Starting him early does nothing but ruin his confidence and blow the season early. The bears can win 10+ games with Dalton and that defense.

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    Justin Fields is incredibly intelligent. He took a cognitive test – not the wonderlic- and out scored everyone who has ever taken it. 1st out of 6500 players.

  12. Way to early to make that call. If Fields is ready why not start him? If not Dalton can give you competent QB play until the rookie picks up the offense. The big question is whether this staff can develop a QB and put him in a position to succeed.

  13. The best way for them to do it in order to string out their jobs would be to start Dalton and say Fields is looking good but not ready yet. Then if Dalton gets them to or near the playoffs they look smart while saving the valuable “he’s a rookie QB so give us time” card for the next two years.

  14. How about this- if the kid is better than Dalton, start him. Why is this hard? You start the best guy.

  15. QB advice from Cutler? Nah. Maybe advice on how to fake a knee injury in the playoffs, but QB advice no way.

  16. Yea Cutler sure know how to sit, like in a playoff game with a supposed injured knee. Then he was photographed climbing stairs the same night. Go away, Jay. You’re a quitter.

  17. I love Fields and wish he would have went to a town that is better for QB play. I dont think he will have that tough of a time adjusting. Maybe week 2 or 3. Just to get all the oline kinks worked out fully. He is better right now than Dalton.

  18. I agree with Cutler. Let Big Red go in there and get his brains beat in and when he finally gets the hook, hopefully Fields will have learned some things and will be more prepared then if they had just thrown him in the lake to see if he can swim.

  19. Hate on him or not but Cutler is still the Bears best Qb of the modern era

  20. So Cutler is saying its the city’s fault that the Bears have never had a franchise QB?

  21. Carroll Prescott says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:38 pm
    What has become apparent is that QB’s from Ohio State are not pro-caliber material. The sooner Justin starts, the sooner he’ll prove this statement. The best thing for him and for Ohio State is for him to disappear in 2021.
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    The Chiefs should have skipped over Patrick Mahomes and the Texans should have passed on DeShaun Watson with that kind of thinking. Most colleges don’t have a robust QB history.

  22. Just because Jay thought he was better than was he was, doesn’t mean Fields is a worse prospect.

    Jay loved him some Jay. It’s unlikely Fields has as big of an ego.

  23. Dalton is terrible. He hasn’t been good in years. The people pretending different are seriously delusional.

  24. Unless Fields has more talent than Mahomes then Cutler is right. He played a limited number of games last season because of the Covid schedule. He might have a high football IQ but he hasn’t seen NFL caliber defenses or had to line up under center facing the talent or the complex defensive schemes he’s seen in the few games he’s played as a starter in college. Bears fans want wins I get it but the Bears aren’t making it to the Superbowl this year, let the kid sit on the bench and learn, maybe put him in for mop up duties if they are blowing someone out in the last 4 or 5 minutes. Let him start the last couple of games of the season if they aren’t in position to make the playoffs.

  25. spartanlegend says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:39 pm
    dejadoh says:
    May 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Sorry, but Justin Fields is maybe 2/3’s the player that Andy Dalton is on a bad day.
    Unless Dalton gets hurt or Nagy/Pace are real idiots (which is possible), I can’t see Fields even being active.
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    You can’t see their first round pick being active? That’s one of the most outlandish things I’ve read in a while.

    Yeah, the last time a QB was inactive for 15 games, he was the league MVP the following season and won the Super Bowl in his second season as a starter.

    Outlandish.

  26. Well, I imagine the adjustment in Chicago can be a challenge…if you play like Jay Cutler.

  27. boogermcf says:
    May 29, 2021 at 5:29 pm
    You can rag on the statement all you like because it came from Cutler, but he is 100% right here. Fields is raw and needs to ride the bench for a year. Worked fine for Mahomes.
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    I hear the Mahomes argument a lot, but we really don’t know how Mahomes would have fared in his career even if he was thrown in on day one.

  28. boogermcf says:
    May 29, 2021 at 5:29 pm
    You can rag on the statement all you like because it came from Cutler, but he is 100% right here. Fields is raw and needs to ride the bench for a year. Worked fine for Mahomes.
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    redclaw1314 says:
    May 30, 2021 at 9:41 am

    I hear the Mahomes argument a lot, but we really don’t know how Mahomes would have fared in his career even if he was thrown in on day one.
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    Mahomes would have had a much better chance starting on day 1 then Fields has. KC was talented offensively when Mahomes got there while Chicago is THE bottom or near the bottom in offensive talent. Even with that Andy Reid wanted him to sit and learn. I cant imagine Fields would be successful starting on day one. I think due to where hes at its going to be an uphill battle even if they give him a year to sit and learn.

  29. Da Bears haven’t had back-to-back winning seasons in 15 years. They haven’t been a consistently good team for 30 years. I hope this changes very soon. Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities and The Bears are one of the NFL’s legacy franchises. The NFL does better overall when the storied franchises do well.

  30. It’s not rocket science. I think we all had this idea before Cutler came along and said it out loud.

  31. All-time great quarterbacks have just as much to owe to their success the organization that develops them, as much as their natural attributes/skills. A quality offensive program that is built around the player, talented supporting cast, and a culture of winning can make a B-talent player a HOFer. Whereas a franchise that thinks ‘quality QB play’ comes down to hitting the lottery in the draft and hoping for the best. Bad organizations can take A+ talent into a draft bust, simply due to their poor culture, training.

    Will Jordan Love be a HOFer? Odds say no. But don’t be surprised when he’s a 4,000 yard, 30 TD and 10 or less interception player with 65% or more completion percentage year over year. It may not be enough to win MVPs and perennial Pro-Bowl nods, but that’s winning football right there. That’s what good programs build – consistency.

  32. Chicago develop a young quarterback? I guess there’s a first time for everything.

  33. How many Ohio State quarterbacks have had success in the NFL?
    Despite leading college football with 85 all-time draft picks, Ohio State has never produced an elite NFL quarterback. The best one didn’t even get drafted; Tomczak signed with the Bears in 1985 as a free agent

  34. usmcdanang says:
    May 30, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    How many Ohio State quarterbacks have had success in the NFL?
    Despite leading college football with 85 all-time draft picks, Ohio State has never produced an elite NFL quarterback. The best one didn’t even get drafted; Tomczak signed with the Bears in 1985 as a free agent

    2 1 Rate This

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    They have also been producing busts or wildly overrated nfl players for 20 years now.

  35. According to the bust rate for QB’s since 2000(nearly 70%) I think every QB drafted in the regardless of round should sit for at least a year and considering there’s a rookie NFL salary cap for 1st round QBs now which makes the cost minimal I don’t understand why more teams don’t do it. The NFL is a HUGE step up vs college, in college the players are limited to 20hrs of football activites per week and that’s including the game. College teams have 40-50 offensive plays they run and the limited defensive plays they’re up against, in the NFL that all changes, 200+ play offensive playbooks, defenses that’ll give them unlimited looks, players that are far better(bigger, faster, stronger & smarter) than any D they ever faced in college, 95% of rookie QB’s aren’t going to learn all that they need to know to go up against that in a few short weeks of training camp and a few pre-season games, it isn’t going to happen!

    Look back over the last 20ys of top 10 QB’s and there something 50-70% of those top 10 QB’s had in common(and I didn’t say 1st round QBs), they were left sit a year on the bench and learn before starting a game. Brady, Brees, Palmer, Rivers, Rodgers & Mahomes and a I know I’m forgetting one or two. With very few exceptions there aren’t many top 10 NFL QBs that reach the very top tier of the NFL without sitting and learning for a year or two!

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