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Jay Cutler, Josh McCown
There are a lot of people lining up to blame Cutler, as the Bears struggled offensively. He was part of the reason why, but he really didn't have much of a chance.
The Bears were already losing 21-0 when Cutler had thrown just one pass. That one pass bounced to tight end Martellus Bennett and would've resulted in a first down, but it certainly wouldn't have changed the outcome of the game.
Cutler made some nice throws on the Bears' next drive, as they picked up first downs on 3rd-and-10 and 3rd-and-7, but the protection broke down, leading to back-to-back sacks. On 3rd-and-28, he threw a nice pass in the end zone to Brandon Marshall, but Marshall was hooked before the ball arrived and couldn't make a play on it.
As I wrote about in preseason, slow starts have always been an issue with Cutler. However, this one can't be put on him, as a team shouldn't be down 21-0 with just one pass thrown.
The large deficit forced the Bears to be one-dimensional. They couldn't block, and their receivers weren't getting open. No quarterback could've been successful in that situation.
With the game already well in hand, Cutler made a lazy and late throw that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Of course, the obvious question some are asking is if Josh McCown would've made a difference. Maybe he would've completed the pass to Bennett that Cutler missed, or maybe he would've completed others that Cutler didn't.
McCown did get a chance late in the game and went three-and-out on his first possession, not that it mattered.
That conversation isn't really worth having after general manager Phil Emery made it pretty clear the Bears want Cutler to be their quarterback long term on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show last week.
To have a chance in this game, the Bears would've needed the best game any quarterback has ever played. The line wasn't blocking well, they didn't have a running game and their receivers weren't getting open. Most importantly, their defense and special teams put them in a big hole.
Still, Cutler didn't play well.