Here’s the thing about
It was so bad and such a turning point that even
Cutler’s customary Green Bay gag reflex became the biggest play in the
And so, there is a real question whether Cutler ever will be an elite quarterback. A Super Bowl quarterback. Being the best quarterback in Bears history doesn't mean you're an elite quarterback, it means the gene pool has been a joke.
Cutler has to be considered a good quarterback right now. That's my designation. Your mileage may vary. I'm basing this on his physical skills. But is this as good as he gets?
Because those skills and the full measure of Cutler's emotional, mental and physical game at the most important position on the field seem to go right into the toilet not only against the Packers but against most of the better teams.
This a particularly acute development this season, as the Bears first failed against the best opponents and then couldn't beat the bad ones, either, as the offense averaged 14.2 points a game in the last six weeks, five of which are losses.
We always want to know why, and we almost never blame Cutler. I'm starting to feel like a coddling parent. You name it, and Cutler has gotten the benefit of the excuses since he got here.
The offensive line, for instance, always seems to be in chaos. But look,
The fake wide receivers and musical offensive coordinators also get some play in defense of Cutler, and I've been one of those defenders.
But eventually, people will notice that the one common variable is Cutler.
I mean, just look at last offseason, also known as Cutler’s Extended Christmas: He got
And he has produced the worst offense of his Bears career --- worse than the offense for which
Cutler is throwing to a receiver who already has set a franchise record for catches, and yet, Cutler’s passing game is nearly as embarrassing as the aerial attack quarterbacked by the immortal
But wait. There’s more embarrassment. Cutler’s passing offense ranks below
I wish I was making that up. The Bears wish I was making that up.
The Bears are collapsing the way they did last season, but Cutler was injured to set off that fall from the playoffs. Cutler is playing this season. So are Marshall and
Make that a much-concussed quarterback looking for, what, a $30 million or $40 million payday.
That expensive gamble has to make Bears wonks choke at Halas Hall the way Cutler and his offense have on the field.
This has nothing to do with his Cutler's pouty faces or animated hissyfits. This has everything to do with results. You are allowed to be considered a pretty, shiny thing for only so long, and here's why: Quarterbacks have to win. Period. Paragraph. It's an unforgiving deal.
What's more, you don't get Jacksonville and Tennessee in the playoffs. You get Green Bay and San Francisco and Houston. You have to beat good teams and even great teams to be a last team standing. That starts with the quarterback. Unfortunately for the Bears, many times it ends right there, too.