In 2011, Jay Cutler went down with a broken thumb after the 10th game of the season and saw his team go from 7-3 to 8-8 to finish the season. Then-backup Caleb Hanie struggled in his four starts, throwing for just 613 yards along with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Prior to the 2012 season, new general manager Phil Emery addressed the backup position, signing veteran Jason Campbell to a one-year deal.
He saw some action against the Houston Texans following a concussion to Cutler and started the following week against the San Francisco 49ers. In that lone start for Campbell, he went 12-of-22 for 107 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as well as getting sacked six times.
As of now, the only backup quarterback under contract is former undrafted free agent Matt Blanchard, who spent the majority of the 2012 season on the Bears practice squad.
2013 is the final year of Cutler's deal in Chicago, and although it appears that both sides would be interested in getting an extension worked out, Cutler's inability to stay healthy in recent years proves how important his backup is.
Here are four options to backup Jay Cutler in 2013: