Get some new material, Jay Cutler’s a winner

Get some new material, Jay Cutler’s a winner
John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune

What more does Jay Cutler have to do? He's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. All the guy does is win football games. But yet, media have created their own niche for him. He’s a punching bag. Most of his critics are bullies. Can you really blame the guy for acting like a jerk sometimes?

Last week, ESPN’s Tom Jackson called Cutler out for not saying hello to the Soldier Field staff as he entered the stadium. Are you kidding me? If you didn’t or haven’t seen it, go watch and tell me if you don’t want to punch Jackson’s face in. If you’ve ever watched ANY player enter a stadium before a game and don’t think Jackson is an idiot for his comments, which clearly single out Cutler just because he’s Cutler, you’re just as bad.

Jackson, like the rest of them, is a bully; plain and simple. It’s popular to pick on Jay Cutler right now, and Jackson was trolling for anything he could use to get in on the action. Cutler may not care—and good for him—but I do.

Besides, it’s not just Jackson. This goes all the way back to what was the biggest, most unwarranted social-media attack in professional sports history after the Bears pulled Cutler from the NFC title game in 2011.

Early this season, all it took was one game, one meltdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week-2, and folks couldn’t take to the media waves fast enough to talk about how the Bears would never win with Jay Cutler. All it took was one shoulder to turn J’Marcus Webb, one of the worst left tackles in the NFL, into the victim everyone felt sorry for.

The reality, however, is that all the Bears have done is win with Jay Cutler. Don’t believe me?

Winner, winner, Cutler dinner

Cutler’s .730 winning percentage since Week-16 of the 2009 season is tied for fifth best among starting quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts). In Cutler’s last 15 starts, dating back to Week-6 of last season, the Bears are 13-2 (.867), second to Houston’s Matt Schaub (.875, 14-2) for highest winning percentage by an NFL starting QB during that time.

The Chicago Bears have compiled a 27-10 (.730) record in the last 37 regular season contests in which QB Jay Cutler has started, dating back to Week 16 of the 2009 season, including a 8-2 record in 2012. During that time, Cutler has completed 659 of 1,103 passing attempts (59.7 percent) for 8,144 yards, 57 touchdowns and 35 interceptions for an 86.6 passer rating.

But you know what, he’s a little agitated from being one of the most sacked QBs in the League since he came to Chicago, so let’s blast him for that. We’ve all seen—those of us who care to play attention to Cutler’s career—what he’s done when he’s been given the opportunity to stay upright.

He has the best win percentage in the NFL (undefeated, 25-0) when he has a 100+ passer rating. Not so ironically enough, he’s had those 100+ ratings when his offensive line has held up. And he’s done it for most of his career in Chicago without a No. 1 wide receiver.

If you were to just come out and say, “I just don’t like Jay Cutler, and I think he is a bad guy,” it would actually be better. Granted, you would still be a total jackass because you don’t personally know Jay. But, honestly, he doesn't give a crap about you, or any other clown in the media.

But why does this microscope on Jay Cutler even exist? No one ridicules Manning or Brady when they yell at guys and get overly animated on the sidelines. When Brady nearly got into a fight with his offensive coordinator last year, there was no overblown media coverage of it.

Just like when Aaron Rodgers shoved his gym bag in the camera lens when being filmed walking in to the stadium. If your only answer to why Cutler and not them is Super Bowl victories, all you’ve done is negate your case. Since when does winning mean you get to be a jerk and get away with it? If that’s your position, fine. But it just means you’re a meatball.

Cutler has been the League’s most valuable player the last couple of years in the purest form of what MVP means. His team literally dies without him, a top defense be dammed. In the last two seasons, he only has four losses in games he’s finished (“escaped” is probably a better word). He is 15-4 in those games—13-1 since the win streak that started last year before his thumb injury.

I cannot remember a similar spotlight being overtly placed on any other player in history with similar motives. Cutler’s played with the worst offensive line in football for four years now, and only this season does he have a legitimate target. He deals with the highs and lows of his disease quietly, and he works with a number of charities all off season even more quietly.

True, some elite quarterbacks, like Peyton Manning, don't have world beater wide receivers, but many do have very good offensive pass protection. Brady has the best of both worlds when it comes to protection and target options. And . . . guess what? The former sixth-round draft pick is the best in the world. Coincidence?

Even for the ultimate Jay Cutler defender like myself (this post is No. 1,985 on Jay), the unwarranted assault is still a mystery to me. The bottom line is that when the Bears have Cutler at quarterback, they win. Plain and simple. Without Jay, the Bears get destroyed.

Jay Cutler is the League’s MVP when it comes right down to it. Other teams, like the Patriots, are built to sustain production if they have a back-up quarterback with just a tiny bit of ability. Just look at Matt Cassel.

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