Jay Cutler hopes Justin Fields is “the next big thing” in Chicago

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The Bears have had only five Pro Bowl quarterbacks since the all-star game was created in its present form in 1951. Mitchell Trubisky was one of those, serving as a Pro Bowl replacement for Jared Goff in 2018.

But frankly, the Bears have experienced a lifetime of disappointment at the position in the Super Bowl era.

The best of the bunch in the past decade is Jay Cutler. Since his last game in Chicago in 2016, the Bears have started Trubisky, Mike Glennon, Chase Daniel, Nick Foles, Justin Fields and Andy Dalton.

“I think maybe now there’s a little more appreciation for what I did while I was here,” Cutler, 39, told Jason Lieser of the Sun-Times.

Fields, the 11th overall choice in 2021, is the next quarterback up, and Cutler is rooting for him to succeed.

“If the Bears start winning — I hope they do — and I hope Justin is successful, and I hope he’s the next big thing here and he’s the best quarterback to come out of Chicago Bears history,” Cutler told Lieser.

Fields is playing under his second head coach in his second offense in his second season. Cutler, the 11th overall choice of the Broncos in 2006, played under three head coaches and six offensive coordinators in his eight seasons in Chicago.

“I like him,” Cutler said of Fields. “He’s got all the tools, but it’s the same problem the Bears have had for a long time: They’re turning over coaches and turning over OCs. It’s hard for a quarterback. You look across the league and the guys that are really good at quarterback have the same coaches and same systems each year.

“This is like learning a different language. It’s like if I told you: ‘Hey, you’ve got to learn Spanish this year and next year learn Italian and the next year learn Chinese.’ It’s not going to be easy.”

31 responses to “Jay Cutler hopes Justin Fields is “the next big thing” in Chicago

  1. Why the Bears front office refuses to synch up the QB draft cycle with a fresh coach is beyond me. It will happen again with Fields and what amounts to a lame duck GM and coach will draft the next bust at QB to be fired after the first season.

  2. The Chicago Bears are the latest NFL scientific experiment: Put a top tier talented QB on a team that is completely dysfunctional, mismanaged, with zero roster support, and a different offense every year, and see how long it takes for them to retire from the NFL and never look back!

  3. Isn’t Cutler like 5th or 6th all time for QBs throwing Packer TDs at Soldier Field?

  4. In so many ways Jay Cutler the person is even more entertaining than Jay Cutler the football player. I LOVED his disinterested aloof attitude on their reality show. Would crack me up. Some of his sideline gems are epic. Don’t ever stop being you, JC!

  5. Perhaps part of the reason Cutler played under so many coaches is that his selfishness, lack of leadership and poor work ethic got coaches fired.

  6. For those who don’t get it yet, let me help you out…
    Total BUST

  7. “I like him,” Cutler said of Fields. “He’s got all the tools, but it’s the same problem the Bears have had for a long time:”
    ——–
    You can make the case Nagy should’ve been fired before last season BUT it would’ve been a bigger mistake to keep him for year 2 of Fields just to provide consistency. Changing coaches and coordinators was the best solution to a bad situation(which yes they created)

  8. Ohio State QBs are notoriously terrible in the NFL, I will never understand why teams keep drafting them:

    Steve Bellisari 2002
    Craig Krenzel 2004
    Troy Smith 2007
    Terrelle Pryor 2011
    Cardale Jones 2016
    Dwayne Haskins 2019

  9. Bears haven’t had a good QB since Sid Luckman and Fields won’t break the streak.

  10. His language metaphor is spot-on, and he would know- I think he had 4 or 5 OCs when he was here.

  11. I remember when Cutler came to Denver he said he had a better arm than Elway. First, that’s 100% wrong, and second, I knew he’d be a huge disappointment and so did McDaniels, as he’d be uncoachable.

    Who does that? All McDaniels had to do was work with Orton for a couple of years and not take Tebow. McDaniels made that mistake, but it was fleecejob for the ages by McDaniels on paper. 2 1sts, a 3rd and Orton. Orton was a winner and won more games than Cutler at the beginning and was a good bridge option until Denver could draft a franchise QB.

    Another guy who made a ton of money over hype instead of earning his way in the NFL. He SHOULD HAVE BEEN a lot better, but Cutler loves him some Cutler.

    Horrible trade (again) by the Bears at the time. Poor Jerry Angelo was a solid personnel guy, but got worse as he went because of the McCaskeys and here we are 15 years later and it’s the same thing.

    Cutler = Born Loser

  12. Bear fans, don’t you appreciate now all of that money he stole in your uniform all those years?

  13. Jay is only 39? Just think. If we was relevant, then he would still be playing. LOL.

  14. While not impossible it is unlikely Fields becomes the next big thing. I just dont think they have enough talent around him and he may not be that good anyway based on last year. A completely new regime from coach to GM that isnt tied to him. They dont want him to fail but if he does hes the first man out as both coach and GM will say he wasnt our pick, we deserve the chance to find our guy and they arent wrong in that. The downside to that is new regime’s know thats how it works so they are less inclined to ensure an unproven inherited QBs success rather than when it comes to their own top pick.

  15. All-American Voltron says:
    June 30, 2022 at 11:38 pm
    The Chicago Bears are the latest NFL scientific experiment: Put a top tier talented QB on a team that is completely dysfunctional, mismanaged, with zero roster support, and a different offense every year, and see how long it takes for them to retire from the NFL and never look back!

    That template worked pretty well for Stafford..only took him 12 years and a whole entire trade

  16. Fields might catch on at TE somewhere once his throwing career is over in a couple of years. But I don’t think that will be in Chicago.

  17. I predicted Fields would be a bust before the draft and nothing has made me change that opinion.
    I predicted Mac Jones would be the second coming Tom Brady before the draft and nothing has made me change that opinion either. I implored the Vikings to take him and and when he fell in their laps and they passed on him, I was dumbfounded. Rick Spielman went right out the door shortly after and so richly deserved it.

  18. Hes right the Bears have had a massive turnover of coaching for years. They never should have let Lovie Smith go and how many years ago was that. Fields is a bust we;ve already seen plenty but its not just him. Id take Cutler right now off the street over this kid.

  19. Justin Fields is no different to Josh Allen. He just needs a bonafide WR1 to elevate his game like Diggs did for Josh Allen.

  20. Fields had a very good WR in Chicago with Robinson. If you want to give the guy excuses, blame the O-line and coaching, but not the lack of a good WR.

  21. Robinson missed quite a few games and wasn’t the same WR after C19. If it was the 2020 version you might have a point.

  22. AR12? Dropped passes. Gave up on routes. Gave up on blocks. Stripped.

    Don’t get it twisted it was the franchise tag.

    Fields isn’t a “run first QB”. He’s a QB that can throw and run if needed. Think along the lines of Rodgers (he scrambles) but not Taysom Hill.

    Getsy is going to elevate the kid, and we’ll be without him in 2-3 years. I hope the McCaskeys open the pocket book wide open to keep some consistency.

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