Since starting the 2012 season off with a 7-1 record, the Chicago Bears have received plenty of praise and time in the spotlight by the mainstream sports media. Inevitably, when a team is winning its quarterback gets put under the microscope and his every move critiqued. A team deprived of a quarterback for so many years, the Bears seem to have finally found some stability at that position with Jay Cutler after looking under every rock and in every nook and cranny.
After a tumultuous 26-interception season in his debut with the Bears, Cutler has seemed to have settled down. Since his first season in Chicago, the Bears have a record of 25-10 with Cutler as the starter and Jay has averaged about 11 interceptions per season. In 2010 they won the NFC North and played in the NFC Championship game, losing to the Green Bay Packers. In 2011, the Bears jumped out to a 7-3 start and the Bears’ offense was 4th in the league in scoring, averaging over 30 points per game. Cutler then injured his thumb against the San Diego Chargers and was lost for the season. That 7-3 record turned into 8-8 thanks to backup quarterback Caleb Hanie and his complete and utter ineptitude.
Even more recently, Jason Campbell, a seasoned veteran with plenty of experience starting games, failed to do anything noteworthy with the Bears offense in a game and a half at the helm. But hey, at least they almost came close to scoring twice against the 49ers defense!
If anything, these past two seasons have shown just how important Jay Cutler is to the Bears offense. In the 18 games Cutler started the past two seasons the Bears have averaged over 28 points per game, in the games he missed they averaged a measly 13 points per game.
When Cutler haters are shown these stats they jump on him for being a poor leader, for being weak, etc. Jay Cutler takes more hits than any other quarterback in the league and gets up from every single one of them, not to mention he has to face Jared Allen, Clay Matthews, and Ndamukong Suh twice every season. There are several instances in which he has not returned from one of those crushing blows – after suffering several concussions and when he tore his MCL in the NFC Championship game.
Cutler was lambasted by the media, blogs, and message boards for exiting that game with a knee injury only to be seen on the sideline on the exercise bike and stretching his leg out. People said he quit on his team, that he just didn’t want to play anymore, and they used his sideline actions as evidence. That’s all good and well, but actual doctors came on air and explained to purpose of the MCL and how it affects side-to-side motion of the knee, not front-to-back. Side-to-side, as in a quarterback planting his leg and shifting his weight while making a throw. Not front-to-back, as in riding a bike.
So when all else fails for Cutler haters, they point to his droopy facial expressions that he is always sporting on the sideline. Cutler may not be a “pretty-boy” or “golden boy” like Tom Brady or Tony Romo, and that is exactly what I like about him. He isn’t going to give you cookie cutter answers in post-game conferences, he’s going to tell you the truth whether you want to hear it or not. If a teammate isn’t playing well, he’s not going to caudal him, he’s going to tell him to get his ass in gear. Hell, just last year he told his offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, to fuck off on national TV…
Now, I’m not blind. I realize that Cutler isn’t destined for greatness, he might win a Super Bowl, but he’s never going to be mentioned in the same sentence as Montana, Manning, or Brady. And he does have a droopy looking face. However, he’s a good, not great, quarterback who is a risk when playing at his worst, but an asset when playing at his best.
After all, I think I’ve found the real reason why most people hate Jay Cutler…..
Jay has a message for those people…..