Don't let the picture fool you; right now, Jay Cutler has very little to smile about.
Few could forget the controversy that surrounded Cutler this offseason. Petulant over the fact that he was dangled as trade bait by the Denver Broncos, he stomped his feet, held his breath, and otherwise made a complete twit of himself until Denver got fed up and traded him to the Chicago Bears.
Apparently Lovie Smith didn't do his due diligence on this kid; Cutler was a spoiled brat at Vanderbilt, and had seemingly gone out of his way in Denver to alienate himself from the coaching staff and most of his teammates.
But Chicago needed a quarterback, and they were willing to overlook Culter's past to get him under center. So off Kyle Orton went to Denver, and Cutler was a Bear.
In Chicago, Culter's adolescent behavior continued, berating teammates for mistakes, questioning play calling, and otherwise shifting the blame for his poor performance onto everyone exept himself.
And Chicago just sat there and let it happen, because Jay Cutler was going to save them.
Problem is, someone needs to step in and save Jay Cutler from himself.
A comparison of statistics may shine a little light on who got the better deal. In Orton's debut, he threw for 243 yards and a touchdown in a game which Denver won.
Cutler on the other hand, threw for 277 yards and a touchdown in a game Chicago lost.
At first glance you might think, "well, that's just the way it goes sometimes."
And you might be right, except for one key statistic: interceptions.
Cutler threw four. Orton? Zero.
Cutler not only threw interceptions, he threw unnecessary interceptions, including his fourth, which ultimately cost Chicago the game, coming as it did on Chicago's last chance drive at the end of the fourth quarter.
Not looking so good for Mr. Cutler.
Of course, odds are he will find fault with the routes run, or the plays called, or the blocking scheme, or any number of issues that led to his interceptions; anything he can think of, really, except that he made a bad decision at a critical juncture.
He's done it before, and so far his behavior says he'll do it again, at least for the foreseeable future.
Looks to me like Denver, in the same vein as the Tennessee Titans letting Albert Haynesworth go, made the right decision.