Will 2012 be Jay Cutler’s last with the Chicago Bears? You might think that idea is far-fetched, but is it really. Yes, Jay Cutler possesses one of the strongest arms in the league but does he possess one of the strongest wills? Can he take his game to the next level? If he can’t, might the team decide to part ways after this season? It’s possible.
Cutler is leading one of the most talent laden offenses he has ever had in his four seasons in Chicago. Cutler was reunited with his favorite receiver, Brandon Marshall. The Bears drafted WR Alshon Jeffrey in the 2012 Draft. Chicago added a veteran backup in QB Jason Campbell and secured their backfield with the signing of Michael Bush. The Bears coaching staff received a shakeup with Mike Tice replacing Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator. Cutler has even been reunited with his former quarterback coach while he was in Denver, Jeremy Bates.
In Cutler’s defense, the Bears did little to fix their offensive line woes, helping to contribute to the nine sacks which Cutler has already received. However, the Bears have seemingly done all the can to surround Cutler with playmakers and familiar faces. This could be considered the make or break year for Cutler as he heads into the final year of his contract in 2013, where he is due a $8.47 million dollar contract.
Yes, the season is only two games old, but you have to admit that Cutler has not looked good. He started the Colts game by completing just one of ten passes. Against the Packers last Thursday night, he tossed four interceptions. Yes, there have been issues with his offensive line, but he is making poor decisions when he does get the ball off.He has completed just 51% of his passes and has a poor 58.5 passer rating.
To make matters worse, he had a brush up with an offensive lineman that was caught on camera. The Bears have been in defensive mode all week, saying it was nothing and that the Bears locker room is fine. I don’t know if I believe that, but a few more outings like last Thursday, and things will spiral out of control quickly.
Cutler has been an enigma his entire career. He is a great talent with a cannon arm, but you have to be concerned by how he seemingly becomes disengaged at times in games.
If the Bears fail to reach the playoffs this season, head coach Lovie Smith is going to come under fire and the player which might be on the hottest seat of all is Jay Cutler. Cutler needs to correct his poor play and right the ship. If he doesn’t he might find himself in a different uniform next season.