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Some of you guys still hating on Jay?

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When it comes to the Windy City Gridiron message boards, there has never been a player as polarizing as Jay Christopher Cutler.

None.

Not even the recent Team Mitch-Team Foles banter is close to what grew from 2009 to 2016 around WCG.

Arguments took over entire threads, even threads that had nothing to do with him, and it was exhausting at times for our moderators.

But I get it, the Chicago Bears traded for Jay Cutler and expectations were sky high, but the furthest the Bears ever advanced with him at quarterback was the NFC Championship game in 2010.

He played eight years in Chicago and during his time he became the franchise all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, competitions, attempts, and in times sacked. He started 102 games as a Bears and in those games his team was 51-51.

I think the team going .500 is fitting because I always looked at Jay as an average QB capable of greatness at times but also prone to untimely mistakes.

Ultimately I was a fan of his because I appreciated the way he played the game and the way he conducted himself off the field. His attitude may have turned some off, but I always found it refreshing in an era where players usually gave canned responses. He may have come across like a jerk at times, but he was our jerk.

That same “don’t care” attitude shined through in his ex-wife’s now cancelled reality TV show, Very Cavallari, and fans have been clamoring for him to get a show of his own.

It seems the public perception about Cutler has shifted towards the positive, but we wanted to know if your feelings about him have changed since he retired.

Before you take the poll question, check out the best of Cutler mic’ed up from the Bears.

Poll

Have your feelings about Jay Cutler’s time in Chicago grown more positive since he retired?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Yes
    (407 votes)
  • 13%
    No
    (83 votes)
  • 20%
    Don’t care...
    (126 votes)
616 votes total Vote Now

Since we haven’t had one in a while, we’ll make this an open thread for you guys to discuss Jay. Keep in mind that our community guidelines will remain in affect, so feel free to express your rage (if you still have any) about Jay, just don’t get personal with our fellow WCG members.