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Will Cutler take the throne or is the bar set to high?

Can Jay Cutler return to the promise land? That land I speak of is the Pro Bowl. And once he returns to Pro Bowl status can his name be amongst the options for League MVP. Jay has been smacked around, spit on, talked about, and devalued by the media the last couple years. Even Bear fans have questioned his toughness. But at the end of the day Jay Cutler is one tough son of a b**ch. I have many times defended Jay Cutler as I stood deep amongst non-Bear fans. For a couple years now ive blamed it on our offensive system, the inconsistency of our offensive line, and our lack of receiving corp. But all that goes out the window this year.

I have no more excuses to come up with. I can’t even say offensive line any more. When we don’t address our line with a new starter that means we are happy with the options we may have as starters. Whoever those starters are we do know they are already on the team. Staying optimistic I’ll stick with what Emery and Lovie has said. Getting Chris Williams and Gabe Carimi are like bringing in two rookies. There is only Tackle I saw in the draft that was capable of coming in and starting from day one and that was Khalil. And we all know who the best guard was in the draft. But dammit we are deep at guard and if we can’t get two starters out of the bunch then something doesn’t sound right. Im glad we addressed the needs addressed. And if our offensive line shows up and plays as a cohesive unit will they thrust Jay Cutler into the Promise Land?

This league, no matter how many times you run the ball is a quarterback driven league. Im glad we have Jay Cutler driving this vehicle. Out of all the Top QB’s he is one of the younger ones. Being voted to the Pro Bowl seems to be based on two things yards accomplished and passing touchdowns. To be a League MVP as a quarterback you must have a high number of wins and be playoff bound along with yards and touchdowns on your resume for the year. Since Cutler has been in the league all League MVP’s been quarterbacks. Dating back to 1957 only one Chicago Bear has been awarded League MVP. Walter Peyton had the honor of winning that award in 1977. I think it’s about time a Chicago Bear wins it again.

2007 Denver Broncos

Pass attempts

Pass completions

Pass yards

Td’s

Int’s

Completion %

sacked

Team rushing att.

467

297

3497

20

14

63.6

27

429

Weapons: Brandon Marshall, Brandon Stokley, Daniel Graham, Selvin Young, Travis Henry, Tony Scheffler, Javon Walker (injured)

Pro Bowl: Tom Brady-4806 yds, Peyton Manning-4040, Derek Anderson-3387, Tony Romo-4211, Brett Favre-4155, Matt Hasselback-3960

League MVP: Tom Brady-4806-68.9 completion %

Analysis: Im excited to know that Marshall and Cutler came into this league together and I would like to think they will go out of it together. Im pretty sure Cutler didn’t like coming into the league being sacked 27 times but I bet he would appreciate that number now. Jay Cutler’s completion % has always been amongst the top dogs and that should speak volumes on his game.

2008 Denver Broncos

Pass attempts

Pass completions

Pass yards

Td’s

Int’s

Completion %

sacked

Team rushing att.

616

384

4526

25

18

62.3

11

387

Weapons: Micheal Pittman, Peyton Hillis, Selvin Young, Tatum Bell, Ryan Torrain, Eddie Royal, B. Marshall, Daniel Graham, Brandon Stokley

Pro Bowl: Drew Brees-5069 yds, Jay Cutler-4526 yds, Peyton Manning-4002 yds, Kurt Warner-4583 yds, Brett Favre-22 td’s-3472 yds, Eli Manning-21 td’s 3238 yds (Brett and Eli were present because they were top 10 in passing touchdowns, which helped them along with their passing yards)

League MVP: Peyton Manning-4002 yds-66.8 completion %

Analysis: Cutler wrecked shop this year. Cutler and Marshall were amazing together and they both earned Pro Bowl selections. One can only hope their reunion will have this type of result. Cutler was sacked and all-time personal low of 11. Wow, wouldn’t that be beautiful to see again. If Cutler got sacked anywhere near 11 then Tice would deserve to win Coach of the Year, not Lovie. I also can’t help but to notice how old im getting. Seems like yesterday when Peyton Hills, Darren McFadden, and Felix Jones came out of Arkansas. We can also make note that Cutler has never had a running back as good as Matt Forte or Michael Bush behind him.

2009 Chicago Bears

Pass attempts

Pass completions

Pass yards

Td’s

Int’s

Completion %

sacked

Team rushing att.

555

336

3666

27

26

60.5

35

373

Weapons: Matt Forte, Kahlil Bell, Garrett Wolfe, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromoshadu, Desmond Clark

Pro Bowl: Tony Romo-4483 yds, Aaron Rodgers-4434 yds, Drew Brees-4388 yds, Brett Favre-4202 yds, Matt Schaub-4770 yds, Peyton Manning-4500 yds, Tom Brady-4398 yds, Phillip Rivers-4254 yds

League MVP: Peyton Manning-4500 yds-68.8 completion %

Analysis: Wow, as Bear fans we were happy to finally get what one would call a franchise quarterback. From the team’s perspective they wondered how could they be this lucky. From Jay’s perspective im pretty sure he was an unhappy individual. Yes he was happy to be wanted but went from a team where he had his favorite receiver and two trusted individuals to go along with Marshall. It’s no wonder Jay’s favorite targets were Olsen, Clark, and Bennett. The only receivers Jay had over 6 feet were his tight ends. Jay had history with Earl so that made him a trusted receiver. This is also when the idea came that we would try to make Devin Hester a full-time receiver. Johnny was young so he was still raw. People were wondering why Jay was taking a liking for Aromoshadu. It’s because he was the only one with height out their. And can you imagine going from 11 sacks to 35. Aw yeah, Jay was pissed. To make matters even worse Urlacher got hurt for the year so that put even more pressure on the offense that had no weapons. The media use to say he never smiled. His first year coming in Jay didn’t have too many reasons to smile. As Ed_Brown would say “the year Cutler had audibles he threw 26 interceptions”. I remember this year real clearly, ive never seen so many tipped passes and falling receivers. And when I say tipped I mean the receiver was the one participating in the tip drill. Welcome Jay Cutler, to the land of the midgets.

Bear Food For Thought: I think it’s amazing how the negatives can sometimes be overlooked because of your accomplishments. It is for this reason the Bears didn’t make an attempt to go get Cutler some weapons after the 2010 season. Because Cutler had a decent year and we won the NFC North. The best example of overlooking things in 2009 was the fact that Aaron Rodgers was sacked 50 times. He still threw for 4434 yards and made it to the Pro Bowl though. I don’t ever think I remember anyone saying their line sucked, or they needed to make changes. With that same offensive line minus the right tackle they won the Super Bowl in 2010. Maybe it’s a stretch but that’s optimism for our offensive line.

2010 Chicago Bears

Pass attempts

Pass completions

Pass yards

Td’s

Int’s

Completion %

sacked

Team rushing att.

432

261

3274

23

16

60.4

52

414

Weapons: Matt Forte, Chester Taylor, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromoshadu, Rashied Davis, Greg Olson, Desmond Clark, Kellen Davis, Brandon Manualema

Pro Bowl: Drew Brees-5476 yds, Eli Manning-4933 yds, Aaron Rodgers-4643 yds, Tom Brady-5235 yds, Phillip Rivers 4624 yds, Ben Roethlisberger-4077 yds

League MVP: Tom Brady-3900 yds-65.9 completion %

Analysis: To me this was our cover up year. This is the year a change shouldve been made afterwards. Our defense had a very good year. Jay Cutler had good a year. But we still had no weapons and Cutler got killed 52 times. But outside looking in the staff probally thought why make changes after winning the NFC North. It shouldve been after this year that Angelo went out and got us the weapons needed. Taking notice of the high sack total he drafted a Tackle and still turned a blind eye to Cutler’s lack of weaponry.

Bear Food for Thought: When we actually ran an offensive set fit for running the ball we only ran it 373. And when they converted to a finesse offensive set they ran the ball 414. Can you say backwards.

2011 Chicago Bears

Pass attempts

Pass completions

Pass yards

Td’s

Int’s

Completion %

sacked

Team rushing att.

314

182

2319

13

7

58.0

23

456

Weapons: Matt Forte, Marion Barber, Kahlil Bell, Armando Allen, Dane Sazenbacher, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Roy Williams, Earl Bennett, Kellen Davis, Tyler Clutts, Sam Hurd, Matt Spaeth

Pro Bowl: Drew Brees-5476 yds, Eli Manning-4935 yds, Aaron Rodger-4643 yds, Tom Brady-5235 yds, Phillip Rivers-4624 yds, Ben Roethlisberger-4077

League MVP: Aaron Rodgers-4643 yds-68.3 completion %

Analysis: One thing is clear we definitely need our franchise quarterback. Karma came into play though, and Cutler happened to be the victim of it. This year could’ve been a cover up year too. If Cutler wouldn’t have gotten hurt then there is a possiblity J.A. would still be on staff. But because of injury the Bears brass finally noticed a change was needed. A change that shouldve taken place after the 2010 season. The Trio of our quarterback, runningback, and defense put us in the position to be headed to the playoffs early, but then things started to go down hill. But it is because of that downward fall that we have now become the Beast we are today.

2012 Chicago Bears

Weapons: Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, Kellen Davis, Evan Rodriguez, Devin Hester, Kahlil Bell, Tyler Clutts

Analysis: I think we can make the argument that this is best collection of weapons Jay has ever had. Defense will play a big part in getting Jay Cutler to the promise land, and we have a damn good defense.

Bear food for Thought: Lets assume the bar is set at 35 touchdowns and 4500 yards needed to become a Pro Bowler and possibly League MVP. I see no reason why Cutler couldn’t sit at the Top of the Throne. All he needs is 2.18 touchdowns and 281.25 yards a game. I think he shatters that as we head to the Super Bowl.



<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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