Chicago has always been a town rich in football tradition. For example, the 1985 team which included Chicago greats like Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, and Mike Singletary, was all time great. But lately, Bears fans can’t say the same. The last four years the Bears have been an average, 8-8,10-6, 8-8, and 5-11, making the playoffs only one of those four years. This year doesn’t look much better as the Bears have lost their first two games, both at home. So what’s the problem? The main problem for the Chicago Bears in Jay Cutler, who has been the quarterback in Chicago for the last six years.
Cutler was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2006 out of Vanderbilt University and was later traded to the Bears in 2009. Since then he has only one playoff victory recorded. Not to mention, as of the beginning of this season, Cutler was the highest paid offensive player in the league. So, what’s wrong with Jay Cutler? The frustrating thing about Cutler is that he has all the talent and athletic ability in the world. He’s 6’3, 235 lbs, with one of the strongest arms in the league, and an incredible ability to take off and run when he needs to. Cutler isn’t weak physically, but mentally. “Have you ever heard of someone being that tough, with those intangibles, and still stinks. That’s Jay Cutler”(Stephen A. Smith). Plus, it’s not like Cutler has no offensive weapons. Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, and Matt Forte are some of the best position players in the league, and Cutler is still average at best.
Cutler has an inability to lead, to inspire his teammates, and to exhibit passion for the game. When I watch Jay Cutler, it appears as though the only thing he cares about is receiving his check (22.5 million dollars in 2014), and going home. “He’s like a tick, he sucks the life right out of you because he gives you absolutely positively nothing”(Stephen A. Smith). If you watch Cuter on the sidelines, you can see him portraying little to no emotion. There’s no fire or passion on his face like you see from other Quarterbacks in the NFL such as Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.
So, what do the Bears do with him? In my opinion the Bears should attempt to stick with him for the remainder of the 2015 season and then attempt to trade him. If no one wants him and his large contract, the Bears should cut him and draft a new Quarterback. The 2015 quarterback draft class is good with players like Trevone Boykin out of TCU, Cardale Jones out of Ohio State, or Cody Kessler of USC. Whatever happens, the Bears need to get rid of Cutler and start over.