Jay Cutler has been called a lot of things during his seven years with the Chicago Bears. Some good, some bad, but the topic of "Cutler" always sparked a reaction from Bears' fans. He had some baggage coming in, mostly because it was perceived that he forced a trade out of Denver, but also because he was an arrogant young player. Then he struggled as he tried to carry the Chicago offense that first year (2009), and some fans soured on him even more.
The narrative has slightly changed through the years, but some of that has been based on the team's success.
From 2010 to 2012 the Bears went 27-13 in games Cutler started and this was also the time he was sacked the most in his career (8.7 sack percentage), so we could understand if he was a bit cranky from time to time. There were some bad-look moments from him during this era, but fans remained split on him.
Through it all Cutler kept slinging the ball. He dealt with a general managers that thought he alone was the savior, a GM that seemed in over his head, and now a GM that seems to finally have a sound football plan.
The Bears haven't made the playoffs since 2010 and they haven't had a winning record since 2012, but Cutler has had a hand in many of their wins.
Just check out this tweet, which was a bit surprising to me.
Did you know: Jay Cutler is apparently a monster at throwing 4th quarter/OT game-winning TDs - 6 shy of the record https://t.co/Yr02bSpQiV— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) May 26, 2016
Six shy of the record?
Using their criteria, they have Cutler at 17 4th quarter/OT game winners, tied for 6th all time. Johnny Unitas sits atop the board with 23. Tom Brady, at 20, is the only other active QB above Cutler.
In the comment section of that article, a reader broke down the top 25 QBs in game winners as a percentage of games started and Cutler was actually the best.
Yes, the best.
So what does this mean?
Does this make Cutler one of the more clutch performers of his era? Can he even be considered clutch since he's never won the big one?
What do you guys think?
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