NFL  > General NFL  > The Emperor has No Clothes : The coming of Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. Pt. I
January 24, 2011, 02:34 AM
Homers and Angelo/Cutler apologists can stop reading now. Look away. Go hang out with the 4th Phase club and practice silence the way they do.

I am finally joining the "We got hosed in the Cutler trade." club. It took two seasons to finally close the book on Mr. Cutler.

We knew this week that the Packers game would be Cutler???s signature game ??? and that this would be the story he wrote - just didn???t expect it to be his resignation. Where to start ? I???m not going to labor on Cutler???s injury. I???m not Cutler. I???m not his doctor. I only saw him walk unaided off the field and not receive any treatment. His toughness in the heat of battle all year is enough for me to just leave that alone. His toughness is not in question - apparently his MCL is gone, or so I heard. I do remember Jim McMahon???s kidney getting lacerated against the Raiders in 1984 though. He finished that game. Crawled into the locker room and pissed blood. Regular season game. Lacerated kidney. I remember that all right. Jim McMahon was a winner. Always had been. High school. College. The Pros. Always a winner. Love me some Jimmy. No, I was going to rip into Cutler before his injury. His knee may have been a reason not to continue, but it certainly wasn???t the cause of his 31 QB rating. Quarterbacks don???t throw with their knees the last time I looked.

I was as happy as could be when we traded for Cutler, he came at a very high price, but I was sure glad we got him. Of course, I had no idea who Jay Cutler was. I saw a pro bowl to his name and a bunch of numbers put up by Brandon Marshall. But we had a new QB with an arm, a mobile QB that could get yards on the run. And that was as good as it got. After two years I think it's fair to judge the guy that we sold the farm for, the guy that our dreams lie with ... taking into account the poor offensive line play during that time, and a WR corps that only a Bear fan could be enthusiastic about. Your end of semester talking point comprising 100% of your year's marks :

Jay Cutler is a big, strong, mobile, inaccurate gunslinger with a big arm - one who shows poor mechanics, makes bad decisions, apparently cannot read defenses, and has shown no signs of being willing to change anything. Discuss.

I defended him staunchly his first year in Chicago, although the fifth and final interception against the Niners was incredible to watch. 'Going after' the Skins' CB DeAngelo Hall this year was another favorite. Saying that he'd do it again made you sit up and take notice - What did he just say? I made excuses for him the first half of this season. The line sucked we apologists said. True. The receivers suck. True. But then I???d see him stand in there for six seconds when he did get time. And he???d still get sacked, or he???d still force it in somewhere it shouldn???t be forced. Or he???d throw a dropped interception, we???d all take a deep breath and go ???Phew!??? ??? and then color me pink ... he???d do exactly the same thing on the very next play ... and again ??? and again. It was like he was a kid playing Defender with a bunch of extra lives and he just didn???t care, he was just passing the time., he'd just shrug it off in the pressers with that "Yeah, and?" look.

When does the excuse-making stop? At what point do we finally announce "The Emperor has no clothes!"
January 24, 2011  02:44 AM ET

Pt II :

Not only is he an inaccurate passer, but his choice of ball placement is terrible ??? even when one of the receivers gets separation, as Hester did in the first half a few times, he doesn???t know to drop it out there for the receiver to run onto. Anytime the elevation of his passes goes over 30 degrees he is just woefully inaccurate, he's not in the same zip code. Cutler has been over-throwing receivers all season - not just in the first half against the Packers. How many receivers did he overthrow in one half of football today? Five, six, seven ? It???s not just the promise that never got fulfilled, it???s the attitude. When Collins was getting ready to go in, where was the leader, where was the first string QB helping him out ? Sulking at the end of the bench on his lonesome, that's where. Cutler???s been here for two years now, and it seems like all he???s done is find ways to drag the defense down. Occasionally puts in a good performance against the better teams : Eagles, Jets. Oh sure, he shines when we play the bottom-dwellers, great. Reminiscent of a mobile Rex in fact ....

At what point in your career do you say to yourself : "You know what, I need to learn how to throw a ball properly and trust my coaches. I need to throw it away more." I don???t know if there???s too much that can be done about his touch and accuracy ??? he's a fully grown man .... but the mechanics he could improve. Dealing with pressure and reading defenses ? They tell us he???s smart. He???s not football smart though. Not Jimmy Mac smart, that's for sure. Say what you want about Kyle Orton, but he could read a defense and adjust. Kyle didn???t kill us. Would I take Kyle and those two first round picks and a third back ? Well, not if Jerry Angelo is using them.

And there lies the rub.

The cancer at the core of this team : Mr. Jerry Angelo. If there are any Angelo apologists left, please do raise your hand ??? it???s going to be a very long off-season.

???But Jerry got us Cutler and Peppers !??? He did what? He traded away two firsts and a third AND our starting QB for a stubborn, bad-decision maker with a cannon arm? Ah, okay. And ninety one million dollars for an aging pass rusher at the end of his career which ensured that we couldn???t address the secondary or the O-line in Free Agency? Forty million guaranteed is a lot to pay for a guy who gets held all the time, but they don't call the opposition on it.

NFC Championship. Packers and the Bears. Soldier Field. Who do you need to stand up and be counted? Your heroes, that???s who. The stars. And stand up they did. Take a bow, Briggsy and Urlacher, you guys never ever let us down wearing the GSH. Never in your careers. Not in Arizona that Monday night, and not against the Packers today. And it???s hard to be a Bears fan, we appreciate the little joy the Bears provide, but players with heart ... provide it they do. This is Jerry Angelo???s team, his roster .... and we got pantsed in our own house by a team with thirteen players on Injured Reserve at last count. They did it with a Running Back that our Jerry passed over in favor of Dan LeFevour??? a guy who???s not even on our roster anymore. He was about to select him - had him ringed with a magic marker - and then thought, no, this guy LeFevour is The Man. Your GM Jerry Angelo, the cancer at the heart of the Chicago Bears, and he???s been breaking mine ever since he got here. Be gone.

January 24, 2011  02:44 AM ET

Pt III :



What???s the difference between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears ? Lions fans get a shot at the good draft picks for one. They're putting together a good roster now, they'll be good and getting better. The Bears won a Super Bowl 25 years ago - that's the difference. We have a Lombardi, they don't. Lombardis are all that count. How many division titles do the Bears have ? The Niners ? Pittsburgh? Who cares? After Peanut, Izzy, Peppers, Briggs, Garza, Urlacher and Kreutz retire soon - where's the core of the team? Cutler? See above. Forte? He needs a line.

The Steelers are going back for their seventh Lombardi ??? no doubt they???ll get it too. They???re committed to winning. They surround themselves with winners, good Head Coaches and GMs. The Bears? When Kreutz, Peppers, Peanut, Briggsy and Urlacher hang it up, we *are* the Lions ...

January 24, 2011  02:45 AM ET

Okay, no apostrophes then ...

January 24, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE:

Quarterbacks don't throw with their knees the last time I looked.

Ha! Now that is a mental picture.

January 24, 2011  08:49 AM ET

IrishBears...enjoyed the read...not on your behalf of course, but as a Browns fan I can relate to some of the frustrations...wish my frustrations could last into the AFC Championship Game, though. lol. Best of luck to ya, and good luck in the draft/FA.

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January 24, 2011  10:12 AM ET

I was pulling for the Bears in this game and my disgust was telling my trigger thumb to turn the station until Caleb Hanie came on the field. That young man impressed me; sure he made some mistakes, but given the stage he was thrust upon he did a marvelous job. He took control of the game; rallying his team and put up one impressive 81 second drive. I hope those in charge took notice.

January 24, 2011  10:46 AM ET

The bears have lost a lot of fans this weekend. After a lot of fans in Chicago are on the fence and hoping that Cutler is the real deal. Culter showed his true colors and the Bears fans know he is a fraud now.

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January 24, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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Homers and Angelo/Cutler apologists can stop reading now. Look away. Go hang out with the 4th Phase club and practice silence the way they do. I am finally joining the "We got hosed in the Cutler trade." club. It took two seasons to finally close the book on Mr. Cutler.We knew this week that the Packers game would be Cutler???s signature game ??? and that this would be the story he wrote - just didn???t expect it to be his resignation. Where to start ? I???m not going to labor on Cutler???s injury. I???m not Cutler. I???m not his doctor. I only saw him walk unaided off the field and not receive any treatment. His toughness in the heat of battle all year is enough for me to just leave that alone. His toughness is not in question - apparently his MCL is gone, or so I heard. I do remember Jim McMahon???s kidney getting lacerated against the Raiders in 1984 though. He finished that game. Crawled into the locker room and pissed blood. Regular season game. Lacerated kidney. I remember that all right. Jim McMahon was a winner. Always had been. High school. College. The Pros. Always a winner. Love me some Jimmy. No, I was going to rip into Cutler before his injury. His knee may have been a reason not to continue, but it certainly wasn???t the cause of his 31 QB rating. Quarterbacks don???t throw with their knees the last time I looked.I was as happy as could be when we traded for Cutler, he came at a very high price, but I was sure glad we got him. Of course, I had no idea who Jay Cutler was. I saw a pro bowl to his name and a bunch of numbers put up by Brandon Marshall. But we had a new QB with an arm, a mobile QB that could get yards on the run. And that was as good as it got. After two years I think it's fair to judge the guy that we sold the farm for, the guy that our dreams lie with ... taking into account the poor offensive line play during that time, and a WR corps that only a Bear fan could be enthusiastic about. Your end of semester talking point comprising 100% of your year's marks :Jay Cutler is a big, strong, mobile, inaccurate gunslinger with a big arm - one who shows poor mechanics, makes bad decisions, apparently cannot read defenses, and has shown no signs of being willing to change anything. Discuss.I defended him staunchly his first year in Chicago, although the fifth and final interception against the Niners was incredible to watch. 'Going after' the Skins' CB DeAngelo Hall this year was another favorite. Saying that he'd do it again made you sit up and take notice - What did he just say? I made excuses for him the first half of this season. The line sucked we apologists said. True. The receivers suck. True. But then I???d see him stand in there for six seconds when he did get time. And he???d still get sacked, or he???d still force it in somewhere it shouldn???t be forced. Or he???d throw a dropped interception, we???d all take a deep breath and go ???Phew!??? ??? and then color me pink ... he???d do exactly the same thing on the very next play ... and again ??? and again. It was like he was a kid playing Defender with a bunch of extra lives and he just didn???t care, he was just passing the time., he'd just shrug it off in the pressers with that "Yeah, and?" look.When does the excuse-making stop? At what point do we finally announce "The Emperor has no clothes!"

YEA HERE IS YOUR BIG HERO JIM MAC THE MAN ...I'M GLAD HE MADE YOU HAPPY BY PLAYING WITH A INJURED ORGANS BUT HERE IS WHAT HIS FAMILY HAS TO SUFFER WITH:

THIS IS HIS QUOTE:

'In a 6 November 2010 interview, McMahon admitted to having memory problems due to injuries suffered on the football field. McMahon was quoted as saying, 'There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there.''

HEY AS LONG AS THE FANS ARE HAPPY NOW WHO CARES ABOUT THE PLAYERS TE YEARS FROM NOW...OH AND HE WENT BANKRUPT A FEW YEARS AGO BUT HEY HE PLAYED HURT....
GOOD FOR CUTLER IF HE WAS HURT DON'T PLAY THERE A LIFE TO LIVE AFTER FOOTBALL IS OVER...

January 25, 2011  04:12 AM ET
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As a Bears fans...I do not agree.The Bears did not make any adjustments until the score was 14-0 (Classic Lovie) and came out the gate in the prevent cover 2 shell...Then Rodgers threw the ball where ever Tim Jennings (CB) was, great scouting by the Packers.The Packers defense had something to say in how the Chicago Offense played, and the Packers defense played well.It appears that Cutler's injury may be very serious..I hope not, but for such a competitor to come out of a Championship Game, he must be hurt worse than we thought.As far as the trade with Denver...Chicago robbed them...Orton and McDaniels are gone, and do not forget that Knox also came with that deal. The Bears were beat before the game started, the exploited the weakness of the Bears from the top of the game...they re-routed the smallish Bears receivers all day, and took advantage of the slow corners that the Bears have.The Bears got as far as there talent would take them, it is up to the Bears front office to fill in the missing pieces, so that they can try again...great season, yo did better than I thought you would...the off season sucks.The missing pices are:Two O-LinemanBig ReceiverQuick CornerbackGO BEARS

If we make one big signing I hope it's Asomugha! Lots of very very decent WRs available potentially in FA.

January 25, 2011  06:00 PM ET

Monday morning QB's....::shakes head::

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January 25, 2011  07:57 PM ET
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I have no issue with Cutler not going back out injured or any with his on-the-field demeanor. My problem is this: Why wasn't Hanie developed by the Bears at all? The guy only got playing time this year late in the 3rd or 4th quarters after Collins either went down or was pulled. He only got 7 pass attempts last year too - in games where the Bears lost 45-10 and 31-7. And that brings me to my next point .. why Todd Collins AT ALL? Seriously? This is the guy they chose as second string over Hanie and highly-touted Brett Basanez? And the guy they chose over the Rams Marc Bulger - a guy who not only played recently, but had the added bonus of being familiar with Martz's offense?So given those list of options, what does the organization (now headed by Angelo and Lovie) decide to do? They make the same predictable Bears mistake of underestimating the importance of a good backup QB as they did for YEARS underestimating the importance of a competent starting QB.And the clueless madness continues ... Jauron only finds out by accident that Urlacher should be a MIDDLE linebacker and Angelo/Lovie needs a Hanie-led almost-NFC-upset to figure out that Collins never was the answer after poor performances earlier in the year?This is yet another reason that the current crop of leaders at Halas Hall should get their walking papers rather than extensions. But we already know how this is gonna end don't we?And we already know based on recent history what to expect over the next 3 or 4 years after this lucky season don't we?Guess it will be yet ANOTHER 3 or 4 years until I can start supporting my own home team ...CALGON - TAKE ME AWAY!!!

Couldn't agree more, I have mentioned player development or lack there of more times than I can count. Collins was a huge waste of money and one I hated to see and while we are on the subject of Q.B.'s and developing players they let Dan LeFevour slip through their fingers and I am wondering if they will let the same thing happen with Hanie.

Ted Phillips is a joke, a glorified accountant that runs the Bears for the McCaskeys and as long as he is running things, like you said we can expect to see Lovie, Jerry and Co. for at least three more years. They rely on F.A.'s because their drafts are for the most part a joke. I know several blame Angelo for this some of it is deserved but it's the scouts that really blow. The scouts wouldn't know talent if it bit them in the behind, at least there is one solace knowing Gabriel is gone but Jerrys buddy from Seattle will be behind this years draft class let's hope Ruskell does a better job than Gabriel did although looking over Seattle's roster and the players he drafted there I have my doubts.

Virginia McCaskey could take some pointers from the Rooney's, speaking of which good luck to the Steelers, hopefully they get #7.

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