After the Chicago Bears first couple of preseason games, the talk has been about how great Jay Cutler has been. That’s all fine and dandy. Jay Cutler has proven he can lead his team to scoring points, as well as making a mockery of the quarterback position. He has never been consistent, and there is no way Jay Cutler will ever live up to his bloated contract.
In early January of this year, the Bears signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126 million deal which left him as the sixth highest paid quarterback in the league behind Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Four out of those five have won Super Bowls and Super Bowl MVP’s. Three have been regular season MVP’s. Matt Ryan is the only one of the above mentioned to not have accomplished any of these feats. Joe Flacco’s contract was given a lot of criticism, as it should have been, but at least he won a Super Bowl and was named MVP. Jay Cutler, well, not so much.
If you look at Cutler’s stats, they aren’t even close to any of the above. Over his last 36 regular season games, over three seasons, he has thrown for just 51 touchdowns, adding 33 INT’s over that same span. Just as a comparison, in 2013 Peyton Manning threw 55 touchdowns to just 10 INT’s! That’s just not going to cut it.
After a year in Marc Trestman’s offensive system, there is a chance for him to grow and improve, but his history just doesn’t do it for me. Sure he has Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but the ball still has to be on the money. He has only thrown 20 touchdown passes four times, with a high of 27 in 2009. For his career, he has 155 touchdown passes to 112 INT’s. That makes Tony Romo’s 205-98 TD to INT rate look like Joe Montana. Yikes. I just don’t see the Bears logic what so ever.
Since joining the Bears in 2009, only Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick have thrown interceptions at a rate higher than his 3.6. He throws an interception in about one out of 28 passes. That’s twice as often as Aaron Rodgers’ one out of every 56 attempts. There are about zero reasons you want to be in the same category as Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The only exception I can think of is a Harvard graduate like Fitzpatrick.
After watching Cutler compete for the last eight seasons, I see him as a mediocre quarterback, and that’s when he’s not injured. He is sure not a quarterback to build a team around for $126 million dollars over the next seven years! If you’re a fan of any of the other NFC North teams, you have to feel you have a leg up with Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, or even the potential of Teddy Bridgewater. The Bears organization just gave a new reason for “The Bears still suck” chant to hold its truth.