Chicago fans once more have reason to be grateful for the steady hand, and rocket arm, that guides the Bears’ offense. Despite a porous defense that allowed AJ Green alone to pick up 182 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chicago starts its season 1-0.*
Jay Cutler is, of course, a good part of the reason why Marc Trestman recorded his first win as an NFL head coach. The Bears were down 21-17 in the fourth, but that kind of thing never seems to faze #6. On Sunday he recorded his 18th game-winning drive (in 19 opportunities) to seal the win, scoring the decisive touchdown with a pass to his favorite target, Brandon Marshall. To put it into perspective just how rare of a feat this is, division rival Aaron Rodgers has managed only 9 such drives in 26 opportunities. Some quarterbacks are just more clutch than others, it seems.
It doesn’t seem to matter to Cutler that he is working with his fourth offensive coordinator in five years. In fact, it barely seems to matter who is designing and calling the plays, so long as Jay Cutler is the one making them work. From recording the longest Bears run of the game (an 18-yard scramble to take pressure off his offensive line) to distributing the ball to 6 different targets, Cutler did everything needed to win the game for the City of the Big Shoulders.
Cutler was characteristically humble. Given how little credit he takes for his charity work and his efforts on behalf of children with diabetes, it’s not surprising that Cutler looked elsewhere for the reasons for the Bears’ success: "O-line deserves a lot of credit…I’m proud of those guys."
Of course, the offensive line, and the rest of the Bears, know the real story. In explaining the O-line’s stability on Sunday, left tackle Jermon Bushrod had this to say: "It makes you feel good when your quarterback comes into the huddle and just tells us if we keep doing what we have to do, we’ll be successful…We got behind that guy."
So, what’s my point? Not that the defense is porous (I love our D). I simply get tired of all of the write-ups that focus on the negative instead of giving credit where credit is due.
Anyway, I hope someone enjoys my work of nonfiction. Although the facts are all true, I have a hunch that Jay getting this kind of write-up in the real world is a fantasy.
*All of my stats come from Pro Football Reference, Football Outsides, and NFL.com. The player quotations come from ESPN.com and chicagobears.com