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Jay Cutler's last chance in Chicago?

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10:41 AM ET 07.14 | The first practice of Bears training camp isn't until July 26, but excitement for it already is bubbling over around town. Some of that has to do with all the bad baseball we've had to endure. And some of it has to do with the void left by the Blackhawks' long championship run. But most of it, I think, has to do with the raging hope that this is the season Jay Cutler finally puts it together, thanks to some new talent around him and a new coach. Bears faithful are praying, with fingers crossed, that this is the season Cutler lives up to the promise attached to him when he arrived like a cranky messiah in 2009. But what if the quarterback, gasp, has a bad year? Or even an average year? What if all the pieces are in place, even a good offensive line, and he still performs below expectations? What if he's mediocre, and the Bears don't make the playoffs? I'm not trying to be negative here (it just comes naturally). I'm trying to be pragmatic. If Cutler struggles in 2013, what do you do about him going forward? You let him go forward right out of town. He has one year left on his contract. For the Bears, the correct answer to whether Cutler should get a new deal is not, "Who else are we going to find?" That's a defeatist attitude. It says that you're willing to accept something less and that you don't have confidence in your ability to identify talent.

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July 14, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Wrong. Not at all. Is his first chance with new staff.

July 14, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wrong. Not at all. Is his first chance with new staff.

Now he thinks he's Moses?

July 14, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wrong. Not at all. Is his first chance with new staff.

It's tough with Cutler because you've seen him fail in several situations where you thought he had the chance for success. If he finds failure again this year, he'll still be better than anybody you can add next year but he'll have yet another year of failure on his resume.

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July 14, 2013  11:39 AM ET

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

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July 14, 2013  11:50 AM ET

A whole lot of "what ifs" in this story. I'm content to let the season play itself out, and the Bears front office will be too.

July 14, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wrong. Not at all. Is his first chance with new staff.

And a relatively new GM as well. Jerry Angelo was all about finding the Blue Light Specials in free agency. At least Phil Emery seems like he's trying to make the team better.

July 14, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

Lovie and Mike Martz and Mike Tice assumed all they needed to do was "coach 'em up".

Now all three of them are looking for work elsewhere.

July 14, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

And year after year, they don't draft OL.

July 14, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

MVP

July 14, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And year after year, they don't draft OL.

They did this year.

July 14, 2013  12:20 PM ET

O-LINE will be responsible for Cutler being successful or his exit.

July 14, 2013  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

I thought Braden Marshal was a good WR

July 14, 2013  12:45 PM ET

This is A New Beginning, let's see what happens!

July 14, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I thought Braden Marshal was a good WR

Until they got Marshall, that is. Before that, the Bears proved time and time again that the Devin Hester experiment didn't work.

July 14, 2013  12:57 PM ET

If this guy falls flat on his face this year, tell me, who will the Bears get to replace him who will be any better? I think they stick with him for a few more years and solidify the O-line.

July 14, 2013  01:14 PM ET

Not a good as some. Not as bad as others. So much for when the NFL pundits say a player won't make it because they don't have an NFL arm. I give you Jeff George and Jay Fuckler.

July 14, 2013  01:26 PM ET

That's why I thought Tebow to Chi was a good idea. Tim wouldn't make Jay feel threatened and he could work on some value plays to give Jay a break.

 
July 14, 2013  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not a Cutler fan, but how much success did they expect him to have with a collection of matadors on the offensive line and no decent receivers?

I guess the Bears feel they have the pieces in place now for him to succeed.

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