I’ve been a Bears fan for 31 years. I remember watching Jim McMahon in the 1985 Super Bowl. That’s right, 1985. So before we all convict Jay Cutler to a public execution, lets remember how long it’s been since we had a quarterback who has the potential to lead us back to the promised land. (Rex Grossman did not count). With hated division rival Aaron Rogers most likely hitting his prime, we could be looking at a tough 3,4 or 5 years ahead in the NFC North. Aside from Sunday, Cutler and this Bears team can compete. Without him, I don’t know. I’m not quite ready to jump on the Caleb Hanie bandwagon, although he did play well.
I’d also like to know how many of you have had a knee injury? I’ve spent the last three months rehabbing mine from a running injury, and it wasn’t even that bad, yet it’s taken three months to get back to 100%. We depend on our knees more then you might think, especially when trying to avoid being decapitated by 320 pound defensive linemen. From the games I’ve seen this year, Jay definitely has toughness. The first seven games of the season, he took a beating thanks to our still developing offensive line, and still played well.
That said, I am still very interested in the results of the MRI. Knee pain is one thing but physical damage is another. Cutler could have probably saved himself from (some) public hatred by at least faking a limp on his way off the field.
I’m also not going to pin this loss entirely on Cutler. The Bears did not seem hungry enough. I never felt the sense of urgency. The first 3.5 quarters felt more like a game in early November, not a NFC Championship. Oh, and Todd Collins should have never stepped onto the field. I pin that one on Lovie.
So as of this morning, I support Jay Cutler and need him to come back strong next season with a chip on his shoulder…..and a fully healed knee.
But wait a second, this is a PHOTO blog! Let’s all remember that we live in one of the GREATEST cities on earth. (See Below for evidence, and here for high resolution viewing)