Brian and Keegan have quite different opinions on Jay Cutler.
In case you forgot, he’s still the quarterback of the Chicago Bears.
It’s okay though, a lot of people have extreme opinions on Smokin’ Jay. From his twitches to his touchdowns, every ounce of Jay Cutler is analyzed by Chicago’s microscope during the NFL season. Some love him, other’s don’t.
Welcome to Chicago.
With a new GM, a new coach, and a new offensive coordinator – some believe this will be a new season for Jay Cutler. As we’ve said, others don’t.
Here is our Jay Cutler predictions for this upcoming NFL season, from two very different perspectives.
Jay Cutler: Overlooked or Overrated?
Brian Lendino: Overlooked
This post isn’t about how much we’re going to drink as a result of Jay Cutler this season. It’s quite the opposite, actually.
Jay Cutler is the most underrated, under-appreciated and overlooked player on the Chicago Bears. You should see my straight face as I type this. It actually makes me sick how much people crap on this guy.
It’s impossible to please Chicago sports fans in general, let alone Bears fans because nothing actually pleases them. Not even a 66 percent completion rating or 28 touchdowns will make them happy. Bears fans act like their team has had a cherished history of elite quarterbacks, when in reality – Jay might be the best we’ve ever had.
The fact of the matter is, Jay Cutler is Chicago’s version of that quarterback. I just wish everyone would have some damn appreciation for the fact that it’s not Shane Matthews throwing the football.
Newsflash, Chicago. Mistakes happen in football. And those mistakes become exacerbated when you’re forced to throw the ball 250 times in a single season when your team is trailing by 14 points.
In 2014, Jay Cutler attempted the second most passes in his career (561) and produced his second-lowest interception rate of any season (3.2%), which is the same percentage of Phillip Rivers.
Jay Cutler was asked to do everything for the Bears in 2014 but guess what, quarterbacks can’t play defense and they can’t cover kicks on special teams. Jay Cutler tried to put team on his back, and his statistics weren’t half bad while doing so.
I mean, just look at what Jay was able to do with Lovie Smith as his head coach. You know, the last time the Bears had a formidable defense, and Jay didn’t have to carry the entire load himself?
During that time, he posted a minuscule 2.2 percent interception rate back in 2011. As a starter under Smith, Jay Cutler’s record was 35-23.
It’s obvious, people hate Jay Cutler because of his contract (and because he doesn’t give a shit that people hate him).
Everyone looks at Jay Cutler’s contract like he’s the devil for taking it. Like it’s against the law for him to be paid that kind of money and somehow it’s his fault for accepting a deal from a general manager that got fired after two seasons.
The point is, Jay Cutler has always gotten a bad rap since coming to Chicago. He’s a classic example of what it looks like when you don’t appreciate what you have while you have it.
But it’s fine, I’ll still welcome all of you back onto the bandwagon after Jay Cutler performs like we know he can in 2015.
Keegan, let’s hear it.
Keegan Goudie: Overrated
Speaking of bandwagons, I’m really sick of people using witty phrases or cute criticisms for Jay Cutler. In fact, we’ve already thought of every pun possible.
“50 Shades of Jay.”
Okay, maybe the last one didn’t make sense. Still, my point is that Jay Cutler still sucks. But mainly, he sucks at harnessing any ounce of leadership qualities.
He’s never proven himself in the playoffs. And you know why? Because he’s only made it there once.
In case you forgot, Chicago’s “veteran” quarterback has played in two playoff games. That’s right, two games of playoff experience.
Peyton Manning has played in 24 playoff games. Tom Brady has played in 29. And Tony Romo has played in 6.
I’m sorry, but you truly know your quarterback sucks ass when Tony Romo has 3x more postseason experience than he does. None of those numbers are opinions, they are facts.
I cannot express the amount of awe that goes through my head when I hear Bears fans defend Jay Cutler. By now, I figured people would see what I do: a losing quarterback.
Frankly, I’m almost jealous of Jay Cutler. If I could figure out a way to suck at my job and get overpaid to do it, my life would be so much easier. In a way, he’s somewhat of a role model.
But regardless of his phenomenal new head coach, Jay Cutler’s track record will continue to reek this season.
I don’t believe in Jay Cutler. And frankly, it baffles me why anyone would.