Player Spotlight: Jay Cutler

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There is not a more polarizing quarterback in the NFL than Jay Cutler.  There is not a player more scrutinized in the league for his actions on the field than Cutler. For better or worse he will always be viewed under a microscope. He is a guy who has so much physical talent, yet for one reason or another, just cannot seem to put it all together. Regardless of the differing opinions, he is the leader of the Chicago Bears, and just a few months ago, the Bears reaffirmed their faith in Cutler, signing him to a 7 year deal for $126 million dollars, with $54 million guaranteed.

Everyone in the league knows that “franchise” Quarterbacks are hard to find, and GM Phil Emery and Head Coach Marc Trestman believe they have their guy to lead the Bears to a Super Bowl championship; something the team has not had since the 1985-86 season. Trestman is known as a quarterback guru, and his magical touch was evident this year with the way that Cutler was progressing in the new offense.  Cutler, having been with 4 different offensive coordinators in his 5 seasons with Chicago, finally looked comfortable playing in this offense this year. Cutler was on pace to have his best year with the team before groin and ankle injuries forced him to miss 6 games.

Still, in the 5 years as the Bears signal caller, Cutler, 30, is “the franchise leader in passer rating (83.1), passing yards (14,913), passing yards per game (222.6), attempts (2,090) and completions (1,258). Cutler is also second in touchdown passes (101) and completion percentage (60.2) and tied for first with nine 300-yard passing games” (CBS Chicago).

This was the first time in Cutler’s career that he was facing the possibility of free agency, although he never wavered in the fact that he wanted to stay in Chicago and finish his career, now it seems that is what is going to happen. Cutler now has no excuse to not maximize his enormous physical talents; he has 2 pro-bowl Wide Receivers, a pro-bowl Running Back, and a young offensive line that is anchored by a rookie pro-bowler and showed vast improvement throughout the season. Now is the time for Cutler to prove all of his doubters wrong and bring a title to Chicago.

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