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In Jay Cutler's four seasons with the Chicago Bears, he has averaged over 3,070 yards passing, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. While not terrible, Cutler's numbers put him in the middle of the pack in terms of efficiency in the NFL during that period of time.
For years, fans have been told that Cutler possesses all of the traits of an elite quarterback. But that has failed to translate on the field during his time in Chicago.
2013 looks to be a big year for Cutler now that he has an offensive-minded coach and more weapons to choose from. While there still may be an adjustment period for this offense, he has the opportunity to not only improve his status as an elite quarterback, but also the opportunity to cash in on a long-term deal with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2013 season.
Joe Flacco was in a similar situation with the Baltimore Ravens last season before exploding in the playoffs for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions on his way to winning the Super Bowl. He then cashed in on a six-year contract worth $120.6 million dollars. While it would be unlikely for Cutler to have that sort of run in 2013, he has never had this much help around him while in Chicago and he has a chance to settle in as the Bears' quarterback for the next several years.