Jay Cutler’s Playoff Record

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3rd, 2014 by admin
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NOT Cutler’s hand

If you stumbled on this fantastic site looking for Jay Cutler’s playoff record, look no further.  Cutler’s stats in the postseason are the same today as they were three years ago because Jay Cutler has only been to the postseason once.  In January of 2011 (the 2010 season), Jay Cutler and the Bears beat the under .500 Seattle Seahawks in his first playoff game, 35-24.

The next week, Cutler and the Bears lost to the Packers in the game where Cutler injured himself and played only one series in the third quarter.  Todd Collins got the quick yank and Caleb Hanie (!) almost mounted an improbable 4th quarter comeback but fell short 21-14.

Cutler’s total postseason stats:

  • 1-1
  • 21 for 42 passing
  • passer rating of 84.8
  • 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles (0 lost)

Source: http://www.nfl.com/player/jaycutler/2495824/gamelogs?season=2010

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Trust Trestman to Aid Cutler

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10th, 2013 by admin

 

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Trust Trestman

If Jay Cutler can’t make the Chicago offense work with Marc Trestman guiding him, then Cutler will forever be relegated to mediocrity.  Not entirely blameless in the result of rotating coordinators, Cutler has had to learn a new offense almost every year, and as anyone in any profession knows, practice makes perfect.  If Cutler can focus on the execution while Trestman handles the game plan, they might actually have a few years together in which to get better.Week 1 was a good indication of where the offense sits and where it can grow.  The first half was sluggish with few positives, but the scheme kept Cutler on his feet and healthy, a major factor in the NFL for season-long success.  It paid off in the second half as Cutler and his receivers made some big plays, thanks in large part to the defense and its propensity to get the turnover when needed.

2013 is going to be a learning process for the Bears, but it’s a season where they can certainly win along the way.  A declining Steelers team gives Chicago a realistic chance at going 4-0 before a big home game against New Orleans on October 6.  Playoffs are not out of the question for Chicago, and if Cutler does only what he is supposed to and lets everyone else do their jobs, Chicago fans might finally have something to root for in January.

The newfound optimism comes not from an expectancy that Cutler will suddenly become a leader of men.  At 30 years of age and in his eighth season, Jay’s demeanor will remain the same – sometimes his stubbornness and tough attitude will win a game, and other times the team will need to overcome his inability to get the most out of those around him.  Trestman is the cause for hope.  Past OCs were either as stubborn as Cutler (Martz) or lacked the experience (Tice) to take advantage of Cutler’s skills.  Martz refused to use Cutler’s skill set as a building block for the offense, and instead trying to put Cutler into a waiting game behind a bad offensive line.  The result?  Lots of headaches for the quarterback.

Trestman seems to acknowledge what he has on his roster (and what he doesn’t) and will run the offense accordingly.  The primary focus has been getting rid of the ball.  Cutler may like to dance around a little longer than the play requires, but if he values winning and longevity, he’ll make the small adjustments so at the end of the season, Bears fans can be talking about how Cutler was able to start all 16 regular season games.

TJC fearless prediction: if Jay Cutler is behind center for the first offensive snap in all 16 of Chicago’s games, there WILL be at least a 17th game.

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Were you expecting 11-2?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13th, 2012 by admin

average joesDespite several attempts at risking his body at the expense of long-term health this season, Jay Cutler figures to play against the Packers this weekend.  Matt Forte has managed to stay on the field most of the year.  Brandon Marshall has been on his best behavior and showed Chicago what an elite receiver looks like.  The offensive line?  You already knew it was bad.  The defense has actually overachieved (Jennings, Tillman, etc.) most of the year in a season where expectations were higher for the offense.  Where do the Bears stand?  8-5, behind the Packers, with the same ability they have shown in past years to beat the bad teams (Rams, Lions, Panthers) and lose to good teams (Texans, 49ers, Packers).

In other words, this is exactly what most people expected of the Bears this year, so before we all start calling for Lovie’s firing and demanding change, remember that this is right about where the Bears should be given their talent.  Cutler? Above average.  Forte? Above average.  Marshall? Top tier.  O-line? Bad.  Defense as a whole? Above average.  Chicago’s record? Sure enough, 8-5 is above average, and as expected, the Bears sit in that precarious position of limping into the playoffs with little chance to advance or just missing the playoffs but with a record too good for a top draft pick.  The good thing about the NFL and its insistence on parity is that a good bounce or two can land a simply above average team in the championship game, or even the Super Bowl (Arizona, Seattle, Carolina, and others just in the past decade), so it’s okay to still root for the Bears, even if the outlook is murky.

Chicago can still control much of its playoff destiny, but it must start with beating Green Bay this weekend.  To do so, it’s going to take more than just the defense overachieving.  We’ll find out in three days.

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Deadspin supports Jay, TJC offers him a personal plea

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27th, 2012 by admin
"Mirror for Jay Cutler"

Time for Jay to take a look

We make no bones about it: despite the website name, this isn’t a site for bashing Jay Cutler, but rather a place to point out the realistic limitations the Bears imposed on themselves through the Cutler acquisition.  Enough about that.  Yes, Jay Cutler is tough, as you all witnessed by the pounding he consistently takes, managing to get up – most of the time.  Even when concussed in the Houston game, Cutler stood up and continued playing until halftime.  The problem with the toughness is that it manifests itself in such a way that is not always the smartest football play nor the best for the football team.  It’s plainly obvious to all that the Bears have the best chance of winning when Cutler is on the field, so running head first for a first down or leaving oneself wide open in the middle of the field a half yard past the line of scrimmage while still trying to make a play is valiant, but it’s not smart if the goal is a Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning is football smart.  Tom Brady is football smart.  Even Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers are football smart, and all of them have not been blessed with the best offensive lines in their careers, but they know the long haul of a talented QB is more valuable than the extra first down gained from a “tough” play in November.  Survey the field, and if nothing is available, get rid of it sooner rather than later and live to fight another day.  It’s not as sexy or glorious, but it’s the best way to a championship.

Deadspin recently published an article defending Jay Cutler’s talent and suggesting him as a hero, and most will agree with what they see, but I’d rather have a playoff-bound team with a healthy #1 QB ready in January than a respected, tough QB sitting on the sidelines with injuries as his team loses with the backup QB.  The third video in the Deadspin article attempts to paint Jay as a tough QB with an attitude, but it’s everything that’s wrong with him as a leader.  18 yards from paydirt, Cutler takes off running, wisely heads for the sidelines, then uses his throwing hand to stiffarm the corner before wisely going out of bounds.  See, he’s learning.  But then?  Cutler and his attitude chuck the ball at Jefferson (the cornerback), earning the Bears a 15-yard penalty, undoing all the good achieved by the “tough” play.

Personal message for Jay Cutler:  Jay, stop undoing the good with moments of unprofessionalism.  Save that for the prima donna receivers.  Your job is to move this team forward with a leadership presence – not move it backwards by sabotaging your own efforts.  You are a veteran by now, and this shouldn’t need to be told to you.  It’s not ok to get caught up in the heat of the moment.  That’s not what Super Bowl QBs do.  They have poise and calm under duress.  You can get there, but you must acknowledge it.  Stop fighting the city and the media: we are rooting for you, but you have to play the game.  If “being yourself” means belittling a journalist because of a stupid question or chastising fans for cheering too loud, then it’s time to take a look at that hypocritical face in the mirror.  A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because you just simply did something stupid after a play has a much more direct effect on the outcome of your game than some fans yelling too loud in the redzone.  If you are not willing to make a change for the better, then stop asking people around you to change.

Talent is a prerequisite to winning in the NFL, but talent alone is not enough.  Football smarts are required, even more so than toughness, so start playing some smarter football and the wins will come, hopefully in January.
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Stuck in the middle with you…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14th, 2012 by admin
"Captain Kirk"

Jay needs lessons from this captain

If Bears fans have a favorite song collectively, it has to be to Stealers Wheel’s Stuck in the Middle With You because that’s what Chicago has received so far with Jay Cutler, and that’s what they’re going to get.  It’s been said time and again, but I’ll reiterate it for readers new to the site: Jay Cutler is an average to above average quarterback who was acquired at the expense of several future high draft picks.  There were plenty of holes in the roster and now very few ways to fill them, but the team got the QB it wanted.  How has that worked out so far?

Cutler and the Bears have no room for complaint because they all acknowledge the surplus of weapons on the offensive side of the ball this year.  Fans love to blame management, but the suits got the fans their so-called “franchise quarterback,” then they figured out a way to shell out money to keep the best special teams player in the history of the game, they drafted a great running back in Forte (and overpaid him to stay), they managed to keep Urlacher and Briggs happy despite odd contract requests (pay me now, then pay me later), they signed a monster of an end in Julius Peppers, and somehow managed to acquire a top talent receiver in Brandon Marshall for just a couple 3rd round picks.  The Bears did NOT fill the need at left tackle, however, and that’s what Jay Cutler chose to focus on during the game last night, taking his frustrations (7 sacks, 4 INT) out on J’Marcus Webb in front of the viewing public in the middle of a 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Jay Cutler is a leader in need of leadership skills, and last night put an exclamation on that point.  When the Bears needed calm stability, Cutler was yelling at his center for not snapping the ball.  When the Bears needed poise in the pocket, Cutler was shoving his left tackle.  When the Bears needed their star receiver to get a touch or two, nary a simple pass was called.  Make no mistake: the line is much to blame, Mike Tice is much to blame, a couple drops by receivers are to blame, but none of them are considered the field leader.  Jay Cutler was granted one of those big “C” patches on his jersey for a reason – he is considered the captain of the offense.  It’s time to start acting like it.

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s not what you say but how you say it”?  Someone tell Captain Jay about that phrase, because it’s time he started acting a little more Captain Kirk and a little less Captain Kangaroo.  The things Jay says are not necessarily wrong, but rather how he says them and who he alienates that causes his problems.  In Jay’s defense: telling home fans that they should be a little more quiet when the Bears are in the red zone is a legitimate request;  chastising them and throwing an on-field tantrum like a disgruntled teenager is not the way to do it.  In Jay’s defense: supporting his team’s talent and simply answering the media’s question with his “good luck” comment in reference to Green Bay’s attempts at covering Chicago’s receivers was completely overblown and manufactured by the press; failing to recognize that a big city’s quarterback’s comments will always be scrutinized is a rookie mistake made by a player far from rookie status.  In Jay’s defense: he was saddled with a bleeding o-line and a game plan that didn’t adapt to the situation; holding on to the ball wayyyy too long and taking the sack over an incompletion is not the way to handle it, nor is ridiculing the linemen in public and displaying obviously defeated body language in a game that was still close on the scoreboard.

I suspect Jay to be an abysmal poker player because no one shows his hand more than Cutler.  He is an easy target for head games.  Showing his frustration at crowd noise instigated the Packers’ faithful into a constant roar, leading to several miscommunications between Garza and Cutler in the shotgun.  Showing his frustration at his linemen only made it easier for Clay Matthews and the gang to steamroll their way to Jay.  Showing his stubbornness by refusing to throw the ball away only made it easier for Green Bay to pad its stats with additional unnecessary sacks and interceptions.  Showing his immaturity by pouting then selling out his teammates in the postgame only makes it easier to dislike him, to not support him, and to question Jay as a leader.  In short, Cutler is making is harder on himself.

“I care about this. This isn’t just a hobby for me. I’m not doing this for my health. I’m trying to win football games. I’m trying to get first downs and when we’re not doing the little things and not doing things the right way consistently I’m going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care they can get somebody else.”1

Does Cutler even realize what his quote above implies?  Each sentence seems to say that his tantrums and his pouting show that he cares more than his teammates.  Just because Briggs isn’t berating Jennings on a missed tackle doesn’t mean he cares less.  “I’m trying to get first downs.”  Does Jay think his offense line isn’t trying?  Guess what, Jay?  You are more talented at QB than Webb is at LT.  That’s a known fact, so for you to point it out so blatantly is a sign of your continued immaturity.  A leader is often the best at what he does, so that leader must act in a way that helps get the most out of the talent around him.  The next time I see Jay do that will be the first time.  One last note about Cutler’s immaturity is his last line: “If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care they can get somebody else.”  Jay is taking what is obviously some backlash from fans and media about his junior high attitude and attributing it to ownership.  Jay, the one group who actually likes you (or at least has to stomach you because they are paying you) is the Bears.  They don’t want somebody else.  They want you, but I’m guessing they also want you to act like a captain, not a martyr.

Ending on a positive note, the one thing Cutler said consistently last week after the media got overly giddy about the victory over the Colts and extrapolating everyone’s stats through 16 games was that it was only one game.  This is no different.  The reality is that both of these games resulted in expected fashion, and 1-1 is not a death sentence.  There is plenty of football to be played, and plenty of talent in Chicago to make a playoff run.  Rest assured, however, that true success will only come when a captain starts acting like one.

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Bears always Ur-Lack-ing something…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16th, 2012 by admin

Ok, so to all you commenters out there who think this site is only about hating Jay Cutler, let me reiterate the original point of the site: the Bears gave away too much to get Jay Cutler, who is undeniably a better-than-average QB, and also undeniably is NOT an elite QB.  Keep in mind, this is actually a step up for Cutler who, at the time this site originated, I had tagged at about 16th best behind center.  The site name was in reference to trading Cutler to put more pieces together to build the team FIRST instead of watching Cutler suffer through his prime with mediocre talent around him – that’s not the way to win a Super Bowl.  In case you haven’t noticed, Cutler hasn’t exactly made a living out of making mediocre talent around him better.  That’s what makes the Bradys and Mannings of the NFL elite.

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The good news?  Cutler has been accommodating and has stayed out of media trouble, even when constantly being pressed about the obvious disconnect between former coordinator Mike Martz’s style and Cutler’s skills.  The bad news?  There haven’t been any on-field things to be happy about.The Bears failed in providing their main cog with a system in which he could thrive because they hired the wrong coaches.  Strike one.  The Bears failed in providing their main cog with adequate line protection because they drafted poorly and had fewer picks resulting from the Cutler trade.  Strike two.  The Bears failed in providing their main cog with a legitimate weapon on offense in which to showcase Cutler’s strong arm because they put too much faith in the receiving abilities of Devin Hester and others.  Strike thr-

Hold the phone, what’s this?!  Brandon Marshall is wearing a Bears uniform and catching passes?  Ok, no strike three for now, but here’s what the Cutler era has produced so far:  Year 4 begins and Chicago has exactly ONE playoff win (and it was against the Seahawks so it doesn’t officially count in the record books).  Granted, the single win was the result of a bye, so some credit is deserved.  However, even with Cutler (rank him however you’d like at this point but keep in mind many experts consider him the third best QB in his own division!!), a healthy Forte and a hungry Marshall, Chicago still needs to figure out the left tackle position before Jason Campbell starts taking meaningful snaps.  On the defensive side, Urlacher’s knee injury is nothing to scoff at, and if the MLB can’t P-L-A-Y, it’s going to be a rough year for the defense even with Peppers and Briggs in solid form.  If Chicago has to resort to trying to win games 34-28, I predict it won’t bode well for Cutler’s longevity.

My predictions are still weeks away, but I will remind overly excited Bears fans that the Packers are still the best team in the division (maybe the NFL) and the Lions have many similar weapons as Chicago.  My initial feeling is 9 or 10 wins, but we’ll see once TJC breaks down the whole schedule.  As always, here’s hoping I’m wrong and Chicago is Super Bowl bound!


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Lacking depth, talent, and wins

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20th, 2011 by admin

Every week feels the same with the Bears

Flashback to the beginning of this website in late 2009.  The second entry reads like this:

It’s true that the receivers stink. It’s true that the offensive line is below par. It’s true that the coaching seems to be worse than ever (what was with the first half challenge of Knox’s obvious fumble?!?!). It’s also true that none of the above will be getting better now that the Bears are stuck with Cutler for 5 years and don’t even have a 1st round pick for a couple of years.

No early picks means no rebuilding of the o-line through the draft, and good luck trying to acquire a good o-lineman in his prime through the free agent market. Basically, it’s going to be Jay Cutler and his “unlimited potential” throwing to guys wishing they were average. In case you haven’t noticed, Cutler historically hasn’t been able to get his teams to overachieve, so don’t look for that to happen anytime soon.

That was written over TWO YEARS AGO and exactly nothing has changed, which of course is no surprise because even yours truly predicted it right on this award-winning website.  Ok, so this website hasn’t won any awards, but it should win something for being able to point out the Bears’ flaws faster than management.  Jay Cutler’s injury only helped proved the point that everything around him was bad and simply wasn’t going to get better because Chicago entered into a deal with the devil that ensured the ONLY way to achieve success was if Chicago remained completely healthy at all skill positions including quarterback.  The NFL being the NFL, sane people know an injury-free season for a team short on depth is impossible.  Therefore, what’s the best way to improve a franchise?  That’s right, add talent with depth a priority.  Instead, Chicago let depth die and the team pinned all its hopes on a QB not known for overachieving (which is absolutely necessary to win a Super Bowl with the team around him).

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With Cutler, the Bears beat a sub-.500 playoff team last year and then lost to a Packers team riddled with injuries in the NFC Championship.  Without Cutler, the Bears have difficulty just holding onto the ball long enough for the punter to help out in the dreaded “battle of field position.”  Scoring is primarily the job of the defense and special teams.  As much as Lovie loves to preach about takeaways, add up the number of teams winning Super Bowls relying on defense as an offense.  It’s the same number as the amount of playoff victories the Bears will experience this season.

What do fans get then?  Without Cutler, a very bad football team.  With Cutler, a borderline good football team.  The biggest problem behind it all is the flawed concept of trading away the future for a player not equipped to win by himself in the present.  That’s nothing YOU the reader don’t already know.  If you see Jerry Angelo, would you mention it to him?

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Bears will get Tebowed!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9th, 2011 by admin

"Getting Tebowed"Unfortunately, I have a better record than the Bears.  Despite picking all of the games BEFORE the season even started without any knowledge of the injuries that would befall Chicago and other teams, I have successfully predicted the outcome in 9 of the 12 games so far.  That makes me eligible for the playoffs, right?

Unfortunately for Chicago fans, I foresaw a late season slump including a loss to the shockingly competitive Denver Broncos.  Now with Cutler and Forte out and Tim Tebow winning games despite defying every ounce of NFL logic, it’s not looking good for the Bears this Sunday.  Stranger things have happened (such as a Tim Tebow winning streak in the NFL), but I just don’t see a Caleb Hanie-led offense scoring enough off of Denver’s defense to win.

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Seen better, screen worse…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2nd, 2011 by admin

Caleb Hanie’s starting debut wasn’t pretty, but sans a horrific floating screen pass, it was still a game that could have been won.  Avoid the big mistakes, take a page out of Kyle Orton – Hanie’s likely opponent this week – and the Bears should emerge victorious.  In the meantime, here’s a better way to throw a screen pass:


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Bears need “thumb”thing more…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25th, 2011 by admin

With a single attempted tackle, everything the Bears have been overachieving may be over for 2011.  For those of you who think Jay Cutler shouldn’t have been pursuing the tackle, it’s football!!  Either play hard or don’t play.  To Cutler’s credit, he played hard.  To football’s credit, an injury occurred as it so often does.  That’s the reason for this website – TradeJayCutler.com isn’t here to bash Jay Cutler but rather to show the problems with NFL franchises that choose to put all of its eggs in one collective basket. 

It took over a decade for New Orleans to climb out of the hole Ditka put them in when he traded away the entire future for Ricky Williams.  Now the Bears traded away a big part of the future several years ago for Jay Cutler, an above average QB with a strong arm, questionable leadership skills, and a mediocre career QB rating.  Cutler himself proved to live up to his end for much of his career in Chicago so far, but so did the lack of depth.  The Bears haven’t been able to develop a star receiver, and attempts at converting Devin Hester to a  “go to” guy on offense have been a failure.  The defense has been good but has shown its age at times, and if Matt Forte isn’t dominating, the rest of the offense stalls in a hurry.  Now, with Cutler likely on the shelf for at least the rest of the regular season, the competitive but shallow talent pool in Chicago will be in the hands of Caleb Hanie.  Can he make it work?  We’ll see.  Should this be a surprise to Chicago fans?  No, not when the owner willingly trades depth for one player.  In the NFL, it’s not a matter of “if” one player will get hurt, but “when.”  Now is Cutler’s “when,” so the Bears will find out what kind of talent he truly has around him.

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