Pressure on Cutler

We interrupt the great T.O. Debate of 2009 to post a bulletin: Pressure. Jay Cutler. Sunday Night.  Atlanta.

Jay Cutler's putrid opening night performance has become a thing of nostalgia after two game-winning drives and three 100+ quarterback ratings.  If the Bears had played this weekend, and won, Cutler would be riding a four-game win streak into a primetime battle with one of the conference's elite teams.  But the Bears didn't play Sunday.  And the guy who used to play quarterback here filled column space all over the city of Chicago.

Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith need Jay Cutler on Sunday night.  They need the man they've mortaged their careers in Chicago on to come through in the national spotlight, silencing the media and reassuring a fan base that just wants to win football games.  Orton's success is not an individual threat to Cutler but it's quickly becoming one to an organization without a successful history of developing offensive talent.  Or any talent for that matter.

But Kyle Orton's success is not the only reason there's pressure on #6 this week.  Cutler's only other moment in the national spotlight (nobody counts 4 o'clock) was the disaster in Green Bay and a repeat of that performance will send the Haugh's and Morrissey's and Hayes' of the world (read: Chicago) to find out how to correctly spell Aykroyd when listing the other "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players".  Cutler wasn't brought here to beat Seneca Wallace or the Detroit Lions.  He was brought here to win games like Sunday night. 

The Bears need to remove the leash and allow their franchise quarterback to beat a suspect secondary down the field.  If Orlando Pace and Chris Williams can keep the Falcons' talented-yet-inconsistent pass rush out of the backfield, Cutler should have an opportunity put up 30+ against the Falcons.  This team has too much speed at wide receiver to be limited to quick slants, flanker screens and underneath crossing routes. 

Jerry and Lovie paid for the arm.  They paid an awful lot.  The only way to silence the building criticism is to show the country what you paid for.


Leave a comment
  • agreed. on every point. cutty has to show what he's made of and right now. redemption on sunday night football.

  • You wrote: "If the Bears had played this weekend, and won, Cutler would be riding a three-game win streak into a primetime battle with one of the conference's elite teams. "

    NEWS FLASH!! He *IS* riding a 3 game win streak....

    Other than that, I agree that Turner needs to visit the nearest K-mart and check out the blue light spacial at the 'creative play calling' bin.

  • Fixed. I'm up too long.

  • Three years and some into his career and there are still people doubting this guy ? Man, what does it take ? If we can learn how to block for him he'll get the ring to prove it to you. He's shown me enough as a Bear alone to know that this is the guy. He's the real deal. A really good NFL quarterback that's big, strong and mobile, and carries just enough of a swagger so that only a fan would love him and a player would follow him. He'll take it out on Atlanta this week. No score predictions, but whatever they score, we'll score more. And it will be because of our defense and Jay Cutler (and a grudging nod to all the receivers that catch three passes from him) that the Falcons will get an organisational wedgie next Sunday.

  • Gotta agree, it's Cutler time. You know Atl will march up and down the field and the D has to hold them to FG's. I think it's going to take at least 30 points to win the game so it's time to take off the shackles. If the O gets a few big plays early in the passing game, it should leave some room for Forte to run.

    I'm very surprised DC's playing against Denver aren't playing the entire game like they are in the red zone. Orton is very effective within 20 yds of the LOS, after that, uh no. If the DC's start squeezing the field on Orton his effectiveness will decrease dramatically.

    Go Bears!

  • I'm not concerned about Cutler. He tried to do too much in the FIRST HALF of the Green Bay game. He absolutely TORCHED them in the second half and took the lead.

    Jay has learned that he doesn't need 30yd plays to score like he did in Denver. Jay has learned that it's better to check down than risk an iffy deep ball in traffic. I'm more concerned about the running game and secondary.

  • Also, Jay throws deep when it's there. It sounds like you just want him to throw deep for the sake of it. To prove some point. Jay has nothing to prove on that front. If a deep ball is there (and he can throw it where only the receiver can get it) take the shot. Otherwise, do what he's been doing.

    I just don't want the Bears to force the run. Several times this season, Jay would be on a roll and the Bears would call a running play "just because". Don't stop a Cutler hot streak.

  • I'm not too thrilled about getting into a shootout with the Matt Ryan led Atlanta Falcons offense. The Bears' defense and running game could really help take some of the pressure off of Cutler, and after a bye week, they should be ready to get after it Sunday night.

  • Ryan and company will put up points. In bunches. We need to put up more.

    If Hillenmeyer and Piso are back (anyone know?), hopefully they can limit what Turner/Norwood are able to do, which will allow the d-line to tee off some. But Ryan's only been sacked, what, twice this year?

    I don't care if we score quickly or on long drives, we just need to score, every time we get the ball. If we run on first down every series, we're hosed.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Pisa is back; Hunter is probably out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Thanks Posse. I also have issues pronouncing Pisa's name, my 11 year old does a better job (Ram fan, what have I done wrong?!?).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Solid post.

    I would only caution, yes, this is a big game to establish ourselves as a "contender" and yes there is a bit of pressure on Cutler, BUT, this non-division game in week 6...lets put this in perspective and understand what having Cutler does for the Bears long term. I dont want to get into the habit of each week analyzing every move Cutler makes. Lets settle in and act like we've had a franchise QB before...oh wait....we havent.

    On paper this looks like a shootout. I look for the Bears to try to hit the big play 2-3 times downfield. We should though, in theory, have our best players on the field defensively for really the first full game this season..(minus Brian, of course). This will be a great test for the D.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    While all the comments re the development of players and Cutler are true the reality is our bears have to get back to basic D. Our secondary is playing terribly. The pass rush needs more work yet and 3rd and long is as good as 1st and 10 these days. Too much focus is on Cutler and the offense, and since when have the bears been a team where the O is the main strength. Its a team, and as a team its time for the d to come to the table.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I have to confess that, yes, I too am hoping to see some of Jay's long-range striking capability displayed.

    On other other hand, the Bear offense, starting with Pittsburgh has done well by taking what the defense is giving.

    There was only trouble when Jay tried to force plays that were NOT there in Lambeau.

    FYI, The 49ers rushed for exactly 100 yards last Sunday vs. the Falcons. 56 of that was on 4 scrambles by QB, Sullivan. Frank Gore did NOT play for S.F. and Atlanta held rookie Glen Coffey to 43 yards on 12 carries.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Haven't watched the tape, but I would imagine Coffee's numbers were more a consequence of playing from (WAY) behind for most of the game. 43 yds on 12 carries isn't horrendous (3.6 ypc) - not great, but not horrendous.
    The ATL rushing defense this year has been pretty crappy other than the San Fran game - which is going to happen when you drop 40+ pts on the opposing team.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jeff was listening to Hub Arkish show last night on the Score 670. This was the line of talk there. Either that, or he's having the same thoughts.

    If Cutler struggles, and if he starts putting up INTs - look for the Monday papers to put a lot of pressure on getting a receiver. Yes, that means TO. Or anyone.

    Knox and Hester, especially, will need to run very good crisp routes and there better be no miscommunication. Work on signals and audibles all week this week. Because a missed cut and an INT for a runback TD, and the screaming WILL commence.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Screw perspective! The season starts this week! The game last year against Atl was the most disappointing and disheartening Bears game I have ever witnessed. That game fell on Lovie in my opinion. That was the first time I really questioned him as a head coach. Atlanta had one play to get into field position for a field goal and get out of bounds and they did it. Period. I just felt that Lovie showed no composure or control at the end of the game. The D was in the softest cover-2 zone I have ever seen. Lets see if he remembers his worst loss as a head coach and is thirsty for redemption.
    I would trade TO for a 4th or 5th rounder, but don't think it will go down. I'm sick of the #1 receiver talk. How many teams really have a true #1 receiver anymore? Arizona, Houston, Denver. It doesn't necessarily equate to a winning formula. Jay has the ability to make any receiver look like a number 1 on any given Sunday.I just hope Jay keeps spreading the ball around so that teams have a difficult time game-planning against us.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I know Denver is 5-0 with their #1 Marshall, but the main reasons for their success have been great QB protection, an over-performing D, and luck.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Mr. Douglas taking a page out of the John Madden/Isaiah Thomas school of broadcasting.

    "The key to this game is going to be points. Whichever team scores the most points will probably win the game."

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wow, it does sound like that. Crap! Thanks for the takedown, I needed that.

  • Good post. The offense is going to have to put up some points this week for sure. Let's hope Jay can find a way to mix in some deep balls to stretch the field a bit more to compliment the underneath stuff that has been so successful since the Packer game.

    As for TO...from what I can tell, that rumor was not grounded in anything.

  • Maybe we could ask The Worm to chaperon him around town....

  • I'd imagine it's a common perception, though not in the papers currently. Then again, my opinions tend to miraculously end up in the paper a day or two after I posit them. Hub Arkush is pretty good, though. Very even keel - which I like in the Bears' mania.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I grew up with Bears Extra on CBS 2. Wayne 'Packer Traitor' Larrivee and Hub.

    Hub was always the brains of that pairing.

  • Cutler's been hot for three and half games. Our receivers have surprised everyone. Our depleted defense has been making stops when it counts. Special teams came off one of its biggest games in years.

    Then the Bears have a bye and two of our ex-players - Orton and Benson - have great Sundays and suddenly Angelo and Lovie are morons and the team is in desperate need of a number one wide receiver - so desperate, in fact, that it should entertain the thought of bringing in Terrel Owens. During this interminable bye week, the Bears have been doomed to mediocrity; the man who was the savior, Jaysus Cutler, and his offense, have been reduced to bumbling idiots who shouldn't be allowed to stand in Orton's shadow; the defense has been turned into a bunch of softies incapable stopping a Pop Warner offense.

    My perspective . . . With the team as healthy as it's been since Green Bay (a game we damn near won in spite of everything), I think we kick ass this weekend. The Bears are a very good team, that's going to be great.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    your god damn right we are going to bring the heat.


  • In reply to hollywood1:

    even though i hate Sunday night games because i always piss away my entire sunday desperately waiting for the game to start and then my weekend is over.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    In-season trades are incredibly difficult to execute and I don't see the Chiefs moving Johnson in the next week. Sporting News wrote a piece about the Raiders dealing Namdi and that, my friend, would be a trade.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    NOW we're talking - Nnamdi opposite Tillman?
    My heart is all aflutter at the thought.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ha! Greatest post of the day!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks Doc for the Sweetness reminder. He will always be one of my greatest idols. I played soccer against his son in high school. My coach told me to shadow Sweetness Jr the whole game. All I can is I was absolutely spent after the game. Jarrett definitely had his father's motor and speed. To commemorate him, I will wear my Walter jersey and my brown Roos on Nov 1.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "Who the hell is Neidermeyer"?!?! Are you kidding me! Greatest movie of that era.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    We're just not that good. Our offense is weak... Our redzone offense is weak... and guess what bears fans Orton is out playing Jay Cutler!!! Big arm Jay way to throw a pick in the red zone.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    A damn fine post, if I may say so!

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    nnamdi would be so sweet. i remember i wanted the bears to pick him up in free agency before the raiders made him absurdly rich. at the end of the season id love to have to game plan against bryant johnson instead of calvin johnson

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    BDG, if you've never seen ANIMAL HOUSE, I submit that your education is incomplete.

    My favorite line?

    "You fucked up. You trusted us."

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:


  • the fact that he can cover???
    I'd be OK if teams didn't throw at him.

  • Oh no you didn't.

    (Strong language)

    Animal House?!?!

    If you haven't seen it yet, stop everything and GO WATCH IT NOW!!!!

  • Doc, I'm planning something to commemorate Walter that will involve all of you guys. I'm planning to start the process very soon.

  • Everywhere I look, people are so goddamm down on us and frankly, Im sick of it. We're 3-1 and if not for 1 blown assignment in the secondary in the 1st game, 4-0! This Atlanta game is going to be tough but I have supreme faith in the boys. Michael Turner hasnt exactly been setting the world on fire this year and the ATL secondary is suspect at times. This is a bunch that can be exploited. We went into ATL last year with lesser talent and came up 2 pts short (by a fluke). My question is this: Whats it gonna take to get the goddamm hometown media on OUR side for once and write about the good things we have done up to this point? Is it going to take a W in ATL to get the assholes at the FAVRE/VICK Network to include us in talks of best in the NFC? Now lets not give too much credit to the Falcons. They're tough, but beatable and after we win, I suspect the assholes at the Trib and SunTimes will need more evidence that we are the real deal.

  • If Nnamdi is available for a 2nd round pick (or a 2nd now and a 1st rounder in 2011 for that matter), the Bears brain-trust would be absolutely nuts not to take him. There's a cap hit, but unlike TO, Nnamdi's in a long-term deal, he's only 28 (in his prime!) and is THE shutdown corner in the NFL not a 36-yr old diva that drops the ball too much.
    He addresses a legitimate problem at corner, namely that we have two starters who have serious issues with staying healthy. I'd much, much prefer to bring Bowman in off the bench so he can watch and learn from one of the best shutdown corners and one of the best TO-forcing corners of all time.
    Bring Nnamdi to Chi-town, Jerry....PLEASE.
    Bring Nnamdi and a Superbowl will follow.

  • BDG. Great point. That's exactly what we'll need to do to bleed clock down. Keep their D on field as long as possible.Run right at Abraham and hope O-Pace engulfs with a vengeance. Falcons have a relatively new LB corp in Lofton and Nicholas and veteran is Mike Peterson(yup AP's brother). This unit has played very well so far. Lofton is tied with Ray Lewis with 34 tackles(3rd best in NFL). Lovester gets team pumped up with revenge in mind after last years game. Bears take this one 23-17. Bear down and hit somebody!

  • Certainly a gap in your cultural training. Address it post haste!

  • Worried that there will be an awful lot of bending by our D this game. This is gonna be a good one. I can feel it.

Leave a comment