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Cutler in his franchise context


OK, so it wasn't a great season, and a lot of us were disappointed. And Jay Cutler didn't post stats on par with his Denver numbers. But when you compare Cutler to our franchise history, he comes out alright for a first season.

Cutler became only the fifth Bear to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season, and 2009 was only the sixth time in franchise history that a passer exceeded the mark. Cutler finished 172 yards behind Erik Kramer's total from 1995.

1995 Erik Kramer 3,838
2009 Jay Cutler 3,666 (the Yardage of the Beast)
2006 Rex Grossman 3,193
1962 Bill Wade, 3,172
1991 Jim Harbaugh 3,121
1997 Erik Kramer 3,011

Cutler threw 27 touchdown passes, two behind Kramer's record and good for third on the single-season franchise list. Alarmingly, it was only the 8th time that a Bear QB threw for 20 or more touchdowns.

1995 Kramer 29
1943 Sid Luckman 28
2009 Jay Cutler 27
1947 Luckman 24
1949 Johnny Lujack 23
2006 Rex Grossman 23
1961 Bill Wade 22
1965 Rudy Bukich 20

More TDs than INTs

In only 27 seasons since 1933 has the Bears passing leader thrown more scores than picks (and we've done it in two consecutive years). That makes us 27-49 in hitting that mark. Yowsa.

20 or more interceptions

Cutler became the ninth Bear to throw 20 or more interceptions in a season. But he's not even close to the record: Sid Luckman's 31, in 1947. Of those performances, Cutler is only the second Bear to throw more TDs than picks (27-26), following Luckman's 23-22 season in 1949.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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