Last year Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler had what some would call a career year. He's had more yards in the past, he's had more touchdown passes in the past, but he played with a greater command of the offense in 2015 and he was smarter with the football than he has been at any other time in his career.
Sure Cutler played good football, but the Bears only managed 6 wins last year. Even though a quarterback's won/loss record has as much to do with the other 52 guys on a roster the QB bears the brunt of criticism for a team's success. It comes with the territory.
Cutler just turned 33 years old and his contract becomes very favorable for the team after this season. After the 2016 season, he's pretty much year to year through 2020. The Bears could easily move on from Cutler if he doesn't play up top par, and that uncertainty has something to do with the Bears' 21st ranking in Rotoworld's NFL's Best QB Situations for 2016.
Here's what they had to say about Chicago.
21. Bears, Jay Cutler
Last Year’s Ranking: 22
Jay Cutler is coming off the cleanest season of his career, but the man responsible, OC Adam Gase, has packed up and left for South Beach. Security blankets Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are gone, as well, stripping Cutler of much of the armor that fortified him against his disastrous 2014. Now 33, Cutler hasn’t appeared in all 16 games since 2009. On the bright side, 2015 first-rounder Kevin White is healthy after missing his entire rookie campaign, and Cutler’s coaching buddy Dowell Loggains is replacing Gase. Cutler showed last season that he still has good football left in the tank, but with his guaranteed money out after 2016, he is very much a year-to-year proposition for a team in rebuilding mode.
Chicago's #2, Brian Hoyer is on a 1 year deal, and their expected #3, Davis Fales, is about unproven as they come.
Since Rotoworld's Patrick Daughtery bases some of his rankings on the team's QB situation in the next 3-5 years, I can understand why he has the Bears and Cutler at 21.
Take a gander at his full list and let us know what you think.