I could play the told-you-so game and pat myself on the back by saying that there was never any doubt in my mind the Chicago Bears would bring Jay Cutler back. I could even say that I predicted the deal would happen rather swiftly, suspecting Cutler and Emery both knew the plan prior to the end of the 2013 season.
But I won’t do that to you (insert obligatory winky face here). What I will do is give you five reasons I believe the move by the Bears to lock up their QB for the next seven years to be a no-brainer, and they all kind of go hand in hand:
Jay Cutler had his best and most efficient year as an NFL quarterback under Marc Trestman. He and his head coach share a bond that hasn’t existed in Chicago since Cutler arrived in 2009 and maybe forever before that. Why? Because Cutty believes in Tresty, and he believes in the system.
Prior to Trestman, Cutler’s offensive coordinators in Chicago have either been grossly under qualified or … well, a crazy person (you know who you are). When the QB can’t buy in because he knows he knows better, success will forever be out of reach.
But the offensive connection for this team doesn’t stop and end with Cutler and Trestman; it extends to the playmakers on the field. Alshon Jeffery had a breakout year in 2013, earning the fan title of official Pro Bowl Snub, and Brandon Marshall’s connection with Cutler is a real as ever.
Cutler’s value in NFL is huge
I wrote this earlier during the season, but it’s fitting here as well: If finding a QB capable of taking a team to the promise land is so easy, why in the world are approximately a third of the teams in the National Football League in the market for a starting QB season after disappointing season? Because it’s not.
If the Bears had let Cutler hit the open market he would have been snatched up faster than a knife fight in a phone booth. His value in this NFL as a proven talent is real, all you have to do is open your eyes and look.
It’s easy for the guy standing next to the water cooler in your office to say something like, “I think it’s time we move on from Cutler,” without taking more than three seconds to think about the implications of that very thing.
I’m sure there are delusions of grandeur regarding breakout second and third round draft picks lurking somewhere in the back of water cooler guy’s mind, but that’s exactly why he works in your office and not one of those up at Halas Hall.
Josh McCown isn’t the answer, and the Bears don’t have the draft status to guarantee themselves an answer to who comes in and starts if the team simply walks away from a proven commodity.
Don’t fix what isn’t broken
What exactly is your problem with Jay Cutler anyway? Don’t get me wrong, I know the guy is abrasive, and I’m not a fan of his myself, but he’s played well. Is it because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl in any of the last five seasons despite shattering every franchise record while being the most sacked QB in the league and throwing the ball to second and third rate receivers while learning multiple outdated offensive systems?
Oh, it is? Well that makes perfect sense then …
Another year in the system
I mean don’t you just want to see what Cutler can do with the kind of time that the best QBs in the league have all had in their respective systems? I don’t actually believe Jay Cutler will ever reach that coveted “elite” status, but that by no means makes a championship out of reach.
With a young, talented and growing offensive line and young playmakers coming up in the system, the time is now for the Bears to take maybe the best QB in their history and build something potentially special.
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