Resting Cutler Monday Night Might Give Bears Opportunity to Improve

Resting Cutler Monday Night Might Give Bears Opportunity to Improve

Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in 2010, against the the New York Giants, on a night many in attendance would prefer to forget. (I'm not sure Cutler had a choice but to forget.) I was there and on that cold, awful night in New Jersey I never saw Cutler take a hit as violently direct to the head as the hit he took from Tim Dobbins of the Houston Texans Sunday night.

The Bears rested Cutler the week following the Giants debacle against the Carolina Panthers and they should do the same Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. That decision, made to protect the quarterback's bruised brain, does not have to be a negative one. While no one will make the argument Jason Campbell gives the Bears a better chance to win, an argument can be made that starting Campbell gives the Bears an opportunity to become a better team.


  1. It will force the offensive coordinator to finally embrace the team's offensive strength: the run game. When Cutler went down in 2010, the Bears ran the ball 40 times with Forte and Chester Taylor for over 200 yards. They threw sixteen passes with Todd Collins and won the game 23-6. This was all under the run-averse Mike Martz! Without Cutler on Monday night I imagine Mike Tice will allow his offensive line to do what they do best: run block for sixty minutes.
  2. It will force Tice to make a call and stick with it. I'm assuming Campbell will not have the same power to audible at the line of scrimmage.
  3. It strengthens the position of quarterback. The Bears offensive line didn't suddenly get better at pass protection Sunday night and it is not a long shot to believe this team could lose Cutler in big spot in December or January. Getting Jason Campbell four quarters with this line, with these receivers, against a quality defensive opponent, will help keep the Bears from being one snap away from disaster down the stretch. (Clark Judge wrote an excellent piece on Campbell Monday. You can read it by CLICKING HERE.)
  4. It might give the quarterback some perspective and I think he needs it. I've never played quarterback in the NFL. I've never called plays for an organized football game of adults. But I think Jay Cutler can use a game off, a game to watch the flow of play, a game to follow the trajectory of the play-calling. I think it might be beneficial for him to see a quarterback throwing the football away, checking down to what the defense is allowing, sliding to avoid massive contact. And if Jason Campbell ever were to have a terrific night, specifically throwing the ball, I think it would light a fire under Cutler and send a distinct message. The message? You can't turn the ball whenever you want and expect to be the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears ad infinitum.

If the season came down to Monday night's result the Bears would be desperate to have Jay Cutler under center. But I could make a successful argument it is more important to have Cutler healthy for the month of games to follow, three of which are to be played against NFC North foes with winning records.

So get Cutler healthy Monday. Get better in the meantime. Or maybe he'll just check out fine with the doctors this week and I'll have wasted a few hours on this column.

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  • First to say I agree with the premise, but not all the points you make.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I don't think a big game for Campbell will light a fire under Jay. If anything, Jay needs to play more relaxed to avoid the big mistakes, not feel more pressure to come up with big plays.

    I don't know what a week off will do for Jay, but he didn't come out of the bye week any better than before. I think Tice is the one that needs the perspective, but I agree that putting Campbell in and letting Forte and Bush carry 40 times might be the thing to do it.

    I just wish we weren't running against the best run defense in football...

  • "I believe him, yo. I don't know why, but I do." - Cuban B

  • Jason Campbell is a decent QB and a Good back up for Jay.

    If he starts Monday I don't think it's a bad thing. However I don't think our run game can really shine with Tice sending our RB straight up the middle with a not so great O-line. We need to mix up the play calling and I think after watching Sunday night, that the biggest problem.

    Let me be very clear...JAY NEEDS TO SIT OUT MONDAY NIGHT.

    He has nothing to prove to anyone...we all know he's tough...hurting his already injured brain would be STUPID. I Jay says "I'm OK Coach." It doesn't matter...LOVIE MUST SIT HIM...We need him for a play off run...God willing.

  • Definitely sit him Monday night.

  • this isn't a player or coach's decision. The doctors WILL sit cutty. period.

    Like I said on a previous thread, if I was cutty and I got one more of these I'd retire. Just not worth what the punky QB is going through man, especially with kids. Just not worth it.

    Besides, I love how $ called this game... the concussion bowl. Funny, but not all at the same time. Shoud be interesting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or the second string bowl.

    Either way, I guess it gives the losing team somewhat of a pass.

  • If this game is Caepernick v. Campbell it is going to be very, very low scoring.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    should be interesting.

    btw, not sure if you've been reading Jeff, but a lot of the regs are leaving suggestions for the new site in the comments section of last thread. Thanks.

  • one word for you guys....

    Kid 'n Play

  • I'd agree with running the ball 40 times if it were against the Panthers again. You can't run the ball 40 times against the 49ers unless you have about 20 possessions.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Well, the Packers can't anyway.

  • Here you go Willie.... shit is going to get really real:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    my god that dude is a crazy motherfucker. How in THEE hell does he get people to give him weapons like that. Jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Scary shit.

    I want one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jee Zus. Silver lining here is the crazy fuck probably shoots himself with that thing. I kept thinking that's how the video ends.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    totally... how easy would it be for that thing to spin around and cap him in his ass by accident

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's probably already dead.

  • When did he start loading explosives in all of his targets? I liked when he had the drum fed AA-12 (I think) and blew a door off its hinges.

  • I truly believed this happened.

  • funny, but also both sad and infuriating all at the same time.

  • We just signed McCown.

    Expect Cutler to miss this week. Nothing has been reported but you don't sign a backup because you think you will go through 2 qbs in a game.

  • You might/might not enjoy this..

    If the Bears play the 49ers with both of their qb backups in... I'll take the Bears but if Alex Smith plays and I don't know why he would then the Bears might lose.

    I had the Bears winning this one and so far this season I have been 9-0 on what the Bears record would be. I knew they would lose to the Texans and Packers. That's all. I am expecting a 14-2 team to rock some playoff teams. As Jeff said, the Bears need Cutler for the divisional games and playoffs.. not one game against the 49ers.

    That being said, if Alex Smith plays.. that is just beyond stupid on Harbuagh and his coaching staff. Smith is way better than their rookie in terms of check downs and reads.

    Would you want your starting qb to play against a top 5 defense after he had a concussion? I didn't think so. Which is why the Bears hopefully are/will rest Cutler for this game. The Bears signed McCown and unless the Bears think they will lost Cutler and Campbell against the 49ers.. Expect Cutler to sit out this week.

  • Roger Staubach and after him, Danny White - walk the Earth today. They can talk, move their fingers, and despite Mike Singletary nearly decapitating Danny White (google it) they had lives after football.


    Landry preached SLIDE CHARLIE BROWN SLIDE!!!!!

    Cutler needed to hit the slide after the first pump. When Suh broke him over his knee, he would have avoided the whole thing once he took off for the sidelines he actually RAN instead of jogged looking downfield.

    Cutler is tough, okay we get it. Now he needs to start playing more Randall Cunningham style and less Walter Payton style. Cunningham never saw a blow he couldn't slip. That's why he's still banging hotties today and McMahon needs a drool bucket.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fucked up but true.

  • Fuck all, Gnome code is eating posts again.

    I guess I pissed Jimmy off.

    Come on, Jimmy! Even though we're gone, you still have Ostermann and his Bears site! It's like... really...popular and...shit like that.

    You'll totally be fine. Now give the keebler elves some cookies so they can walk our posts down to the cork board.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Try not to puke, gpl:

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    GWill, used to come comment here after we brought him back with us after one of our patented 'lame other blog' raids.

    Good writer and funny dude. Sad when he stopped coming by. I enjoyed the piece though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well your buddy either has poor taste in women or he's Joe Buck, looking to make some mony.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    one word for you Buttsteak...

    Sugar. Mama.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    +72 blog points for a Midnight Cowboy drop.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw Mb, I've read gwill's CN blog (I've even commented there), and I agree that he's a funny guy and a good writer. But you have to admit, there's something seriously wrong with his love letter to CN. What would you say to Jeff if he compared blogging at CN to spending "passionte nights in bed" with a "great looking girl" he was "truly in love with"?

    "Good piece"? Lol. The only saving grace is the line " floozy can keep me tied down without payment, so I had to drop that ho quick." Sounds like a hint, "Pay me, bitch." Or maybe he already got paid, and that's why he's back after eight months, suddenly in love. I just don't know...

  • I hope Jay is only out for 1 game. I also wish Tice would have noticed that the middle of the field was open all game against the Texans and instead of having Cutler scramble why not call a play that has Forte releasing into the middle. Marshall Faulk got to the hall of fame that way.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    because tice fucking sucks as an oc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I only use an M60 now, with overkill, so my backup weapon is an M60.

    All I do is lay down waves of suppressing fire and attract attention and my boys clean house by flanking positions and mowing dudes down from behind with silenced sub machine guns. We win almost every Domination match by 100 points.


  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    hahahahahahaha... I wouldn't know. you never invite me to play with you.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    will invite you the moment i see you next time....and then i will kill you.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    Out for one, unless Campbell is better. Maybe someday I'll climb on the Cutler bandwagon. but not yet.

    The guy simply cannot win big games for us.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm laying across 2 seats on the bandwagon and I've been there since 2009. We're 7-2 and have a real shot at success if he comes back after next week. Then Alshon will be back...and then you'll ask me for one of my seats on the bandwagon....

    I'll say yes but i'll make you swear allegiance to Cutty before you can sit.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    Johnny, I'd be more than happy to take one for the team for that seat. But I'm still waiting.

    And we may have as good a chance if he does not come back at all. With the defense playing like it is, maybe a game manager is exactly what we need.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I mean, this team is extremely unlikely to be tied for second in NFL scoring at the end of the season like 2006 "despite" Rex Grossman.

    I'm sure that if the Bears make the SB with a worse offense than 2006, few will be saying they made it "despite" Jay Cutler.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I think you and I are on the same page with Cutler.

    I don't doubt he's tough. I don't doubt he's talented. I don't doubt his dedication.

    I just doubt his "clutch gene". Not everyone can be a champion.

    This ain't 2nd grade art project.

    And to date, Cutler has not won any meaningful games (spare me the "every game counts" spiel).

    I'm not about to repeat all the elite teams Cutler lost against cuz I'm sure you guys are tired of hearing it.

    As G.W. said, 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... try try again.'

  • addendum.

    It should be enough that Cutler keeps losing to the Pack. How many of us would think fondly of Jmac if he lost 5 in a row to them?

  • While I'm not a jay hater... i 100% agree with tou on the clutch thing.

    And having our star qb's strongest kryptonite be our most hated rivals just fucking sucks.

  • Comments have been stuck at 13 for at least two hours now. Obviously, CN is not working again. There are 50,000 idiots on the internet with blogs that work better than this piece of shit, "crafted by the News Apps team." The Trib should be embarrassed to be associated with it.

  • If NBC or NFL films has slow-motion close-up video of the hit on Cutler, I can't find it, or they haven't released it.

    Here is the best vid availiable, afaik. Listen, you can hear the hit @ about the 6 second mark.

    There's no doubt it was helmet-to-helmet. Aside from the fact that the contact is audible, you can clearly see Dobbins crouch slightly as Cutler releases the ball, then launch upwards off his left foot. Cutler's head jerks back and to the left when Dobbins makes contact with the right side of Cutlers face guard. Dobbins wraps his left arm around Cutler as he delivers the blow, then immediatly after making contact, raises both arms in a "don't shoot" gesture.

    Dobbins clearly knew what he was doing. He tried to hide it, and he continues to lie about it. His fine should be huge and he should be suspended several games.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


    I'm not one of those pussy apologists either. I hate the way brady gets pref treatment, I played defense till I was out of college... I LOVED hitting the shit out of people, it was my 'thing'... but what that dude did was as bad as the cushing cut block. Maybe worse.

    He should be HEAVILY fined and suspended for 5 games. If the NFL is serious about player safety and not just PR safety, then this needs to happen.

  • Trib's internet team is poor overall. (Not that I will ever see it again because I won't pay for on-line content of an organization that thinks Haugh, Pompei, and Rosenbloom are quality journalists. Though I miss my Biggs fix.)

    Add me to the "sit Jay" team. I konw the doctors have to give him clearance, but if they do he should still sit.

    Harbaugh will play Alex Smith - he really wants this game even if he won't say it. And he will be criticized for it esepecially if the Bears sit Cutler. Part of me wants to see that happen. And the Bears win anyway!

    I don't know why Forte and Bennett are disappearing so fast in the offense. I mean, Marshall is a beast but still...

    So as Jeff aludes to, having Jay out might remind Tice that those two are weapons too. And if we get "Alshon continues to get better" back, I still like our chances.

    BTW - anyone hear if Peanut's wife was in fact induced yesterday?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Yep. He has a baby daughter!

  • Mazels Peanut!!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Forte and Bennett are out because is BFF with Brandon.

  • Buttsteak, here's a nice still shot of the very moment cutler's fucking grey matter was being concussed:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That picture says it all..

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    According to Smith, Cutler tried to convince Bears coaches that he could continue playing, but the decision wasn't his or theirs to make. He didn't pass the diagnostic concussion protocol established by the league, and he didn't have a say in the matter after that. Case closed.

  • I'd love to know what the test is... would be interesting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dr: Jay, how many Marshall's did you see on that pick?

    Jay: 3, why?

    Dr: why didn't you throw to the one in the middle?

    Jay: why would I throw it to the Marshall in the middle. The one of the right was obviously the only real Marshall.

    Dr: yeah, you're concussed.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:


    I like:

    Dr: Jay, do you know where you are right now?

    Jay: Mommy... is that you?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have no clue but it is probably a simple math test or color test.

    A friend of mine told me a story that has made me chuckle the past few days..

    During a high school game, a linebacker for the Henry County Patriots was taken off the field. Receiving a vicious hit to the head, the trainers decided to test to see if he had experienced or was experiencing concussion symptoms.

    Trainer: Son, can you name three different colors for me?

    Player: Red, Red, Rock!

  • red red wine would have been funnier Erik.

    (Work on that please)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am just quoting what my friend told me amigo..

    You know what is messed up?

    A lot high school kids are using helmets passed on down from other players in years past or using the same one for four years.

    Does that not bother anyone?

  • I know erik, that was the joke. nevermind.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can you go to the 49ers game?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    unfortunately no, I'll be in South Africa Erik.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That made me laugh. Sometimes Super doesn't get sarcasm. I think it's due to him being a much nicer guy than either of us. Have fun in S.A. How long are you going to be gone? I'm asking because I'm planning on robbing your new hacienda.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    very true canada.

    HAHAHAHAHHA! that made me laugh. Two weeks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great, great pic, thanks. Cutler looks like Quasimodo in that shot.

  • There you go:

  • to a Packer with a suspected concussion:
    Dr. - what's the square of 4?
    McCarthy - NO!! Ask him something he knows!

  • In reply to BillW:

    meant to say "square root"

    And I'm told that was a take on a joke in the movie Clueless. Sorry.
    (Where do I turn in my man card?)

  • Saw the picture - WOW!

    And this jerk says he "definitely didn't hit him in the helmet" and that "Jay actually ran into me".

    Fact is, he will get off lightly because Jay was essentially a runner. But his fine should be at least twice that of Conte's.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Cutler "was essentially a runner"? He was a QB without a football.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    What I mean is Cutler was at the line of scrimmage; while the back part of his back foot may have been on the line, the rest was over it. So a defensive player could claim he treated him like a runner.

    In fact - for those who remember the Packer "*replay game", this rule is now very different than it was back then. It used to be that the whole BALL had to be behind the line (similar to the 'nose of the football breaking the plane' idea. Too hard to judge that I guess so they changed the rule based on the feet - and now the whole body has to be across the line. Still impossible to judge at full speed.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I know what the rule is. What does it matter what the rule is? Dobbins was 12 feet from Cutler, looking straight at him, when the ball left Cutler's hand. Cutler's empty hand was in Dobbins direct line of sight as Dobbins closed the distance. Dobbins knew Cutler was not running the ball. Of course he did. He's a fucking NFL linebacker. He wouldn't be a NFL linebacker if he couldn't distinguish a ball carrier from an empty-handed QB in clear view.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    so you're saying there's a chance...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There's always a chance. Chance of what?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

  • @evansilva
    ESPN's John Clayton on #Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion): "It looks like he's probably going to miss this week. ... Doubtful."

  • My dad played QB in HS (in the '30's). He said it was mostly handing off or the occasional jump pass. He said he got clocked once and didn't remember the second half (he played). Scary stuff.

  • so good:

  • I agree with sitting Jay for a week based on personal experience as a kid. In hindsight, I must have had multiple concussions over about a month period.

    I was in a league at about 12. Our team sucked (Packers) and I was the QB. Practically every play was me running from a shot gun, with the occasional pass. I got knocked out one week, and when I came to there was an ambulance on the field and my parents. I missed the rest of the game, and everything was like I was in a dream for the rest of the night. In the next few weeks I got knocked out a second time, and got my "bell rung" a few other times where I had to leave the game for a few plays.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Crazy! Can't imagine they would let that happen now. I've had my bell rung a few times but don't think I've ever been out. Other than alcohol induced but that's a little off topic!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If it ever is on topic remind me to tell you about the time I locked myself out of my swank high-rise apartment naked. I think it was during my Remy Martin phase. Those were the bad old days...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Gee... the stories out here. I've been pretty shitfaced a number of times - I guess I'm just too boring to do shit like that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    probably dave (sorry man, that was a huge softball)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    s'cool. Would have been even had you written "definitely dave"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i as just kidding maings.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Why is it that liquor lobotomies always include nakedness and/or bodily functions? Not that I would know anything about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Tobi any time you feel the need to unburden yourself about this, I'm here for ya, Man. Sounds like a story that's a lot funnier when it's not you. I can totally relate!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Think I'll save it for the post Superbowl/pre-draft DBB doldrums. The tickler is me standing in the stairwell on the 51st floor wearing nothing but a canvas firehose bag that I managed to punch the bottom out of and wondering wtf am I going to do now?

  • In reply to tobijohn:


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Now I'm imagining Robert Plant wearing a diaper.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    So I'm not the only one who imagines posters as looking like their avatars?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Remy Martin phase? Were you a rapper in 98'?

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    I knew a Brandy once.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    Buddy Guy has a bottle of Remy Martin in his contract. I booked him in the '80's a couple of times. A friend still books him up here and it's still in his rider. I think he saves some of it now. When I booked him I'm pretty sure there wasn't much left over.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Does that story have pictures?

    JUST kidding!

  • Here's a great song by Bobby Bare about alcohol and women. I'm sure almost all of us can relate.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • I put some thought into it, and I nominate Gerry Rafferty and his classic as the official DBB Theme Song.

    Well I don't know why I came here tonight,
    I got the feeling that something ain't right,
    I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair,
    And I'm wondering how I'll get down the stairs,
    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right, here I am,
    Stuck in the middle with you.

    Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you,
    And I'm wondering what it is I should do,
    It's so hard to keep this smile from my face,
    Losing control, yeah, I'm all over the place,
    Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

    Well you started out with nothing,
    And you're proud that you're a self made man,
    And your friends, they all come crawlin,
    Slap you on the back and say,
    Please.... Please.....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    WIth Marley's No Woman No Cry as runner up...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    <--- 'Twas Sarcasm....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Trivia; I BELIEVE that was released under the moniker STEALERS WHEEL...?

    I nominate his "GET IT RIGHT, NEXT TIME"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ya ever listen to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies? It's my personal favorite.
    [Turns on the radio]
    "Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty were a duo known as Stealers Wheel when they recorded this Dylanesque, pop, bubble-gum favorite...
    [just K-Billy intro and song; no police oficers are tortured by Mr. Blonde in this video.

  • Time for a soapbox post:

    After the game. Tim Dobbins ALL BUT ADMITTED that he was TRYING to knock Cutler out with that shot.

    He actually DID admit he went high ON PURPOSE and that it's standard procedure for him to do so if it's a guy trying to pass.

    The league should drop a house on him.

    You ADMIT could have gone lower but you didn't, Tim. You're even dumber than you look, Dobbins. OK. Here's two weeks off to reconsider that philosphy. And at what YOU make, THAT's gonna hurt.

    And spare me the "oh, their taking the violence out of the game..blah, blah, blah, yada yada yada.

    SHADDAP with that neanderthal crap.

    What IS being taken out of the game is STARTING QBs.

    FIVE went down this week.

    For the mathematically challenged that's damn near 16%.

    Enough of 'em go down as it is WITHOUT some moron intentionally trying to ring a QBs bell.

    Here's the deal: Shake a tree and a DOZEN or so physical specimens who can lineup in the NFL on defense and put the hurt on you fall out of it but you're lucky if even ONE starting QB does.

    Bottom Line: The NFL DOES. NOT. WORK. without guys who can actually PLAY Quarterback.

    Hell, the history of the Chicago Bears is Exhibit A in THAT argument!

    Pro football without good QBs is, what?





  • I agree, Blogfather. Sit him this week, cleared or not.

    Why he wasn't evaluted immediately after that hit is a joke.



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  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I approve that message.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm back. New maps. Election is over, get your ass back.


  • As ya'll know, I missed the game v. Houston. I noted from the stat sheet that Urlacher had 8 tackles, which ain't bad.

    My perception is that he continues (albeit slowly) to be gaining confidence in his knee.

    Is it just me seeing that?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    no, I saw the same thing. One of the regs (GP maybe) said he was a liability out there, but I didn't see that.

    I see a guy who's still 80ish% and no where near a 100%. Can he actually ever get back to 100%?

    Now THAT is the $64,000 question.



  • I posted a comment made by an ex-aussie rugby league player. After a concussion, he played shit the next week. 50% shit the week after and was about 75% after three weeks.

    Translation: we don't get any kind of numbers out of Cutty for another month no matter when he plays again.

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