After nine weeks no one would have expected the Chicago Bears to be sitting at 4-5 and in third place in the NFC North. I boldly predicted the Bears to be 8-1 through the first nine weeks, maybe 7-2 if Green Bay somehow stole the show in Lambeau.
Never did I stop to think "What if Matt Forte has a sophomore slump" or "What if Jay Cutler leads the league in interceptions." Never did I stop to think "What if the bears are 4-5, halfway through the season." But the truth is the Bears are 4-5 through nine games and watching their playoff hopes slowly diminish week by week.
After the horrible start to the season many Bears fans and NFL analysts are writing Jay Cutler off as a franchise quarterback. But I ask those people to stop and be patient because if you give up on Jay Cutler you're giving up on the Bears.
For one Jay Cutler is only 26-years-old, entering his fourth NFL season (third as a starter). In Brett Favre's third season he threw 24 interceptions with only 19 touchdowns, only to come back the next season with 33 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.
Secondly, he has no No. 1 receiver and a line that couldn't block Richard Dent if he came out of retirement. In order for Jay Cutler to reach his full potential the Bears need to add a No. 1 receiver either through a trade or through the draft. They also need to bolster their offensive line by benching Orlando Pace and adding a young guy to protect Cutler's blind side. If the Bears can solve their offensive line woes that would also get Matt Forte running strong again which could open up the play action pass for Cutler.
I promise you Bear's nation Jay Cutler will get better. We did not get the short end of the stick in this trade. If the Bears can get the running game going, and the defense to stay stout, Jay Cutler will not have to force the throws that cost the Bears the game in San Francisco.
Although Jay Cutler still has the gunslinger mentality and the confidence that he can get the football through any window on the field, I guarantee as he gets older and becomes a smarter quarterback he will not to try to force those throws.
And although we would have won that game in San Francisco with Kyle Orton under center, I promise you that one day when Jay Cutler is holding up the Lombardi Trophy you will be laughing about the day Jay Cutler threw five interceptions.