I know I'm not the only one who has completely given up on the Chicago Bears season this year. I find a lot of problems with how their team is playing. But my major concern isn't the running game or the depleted defense it's simple. Jay Cutler is the problem in Chicago.
After throwing a career high five interceptions Thursday night against the San Fransisco 49ers, who had just six interceptions going into the game, Cutler appeared beaten. After the Bears traded away their projected starting quarterback Kyle Orton, and two years worth of first round draft picks, for a "franchise" quarterback in Cutler, I'm left shaking my head. Does anybody remember the guy who helped navigate the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl on 2007? I'm of course talking about Rex Grossman and I'm starting a club and insisting on you joining the I Want Rex Grossman back petition.
During the 2006-2007 season Rex Grossman had some obvious ups and downs. After being named the player of the month in September his stats and poise began to slink away. But even with fans constantly booing him and the media constantly ripping him Grossman still managed 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, by comparison Cutler already has 17 interceptions going into Week 11. Grossman unlike Cutler was booed out of Chicago just one full season after helping the Bears reach the playoffs and now I'm left wondering if the Bears didn't make a huge mistake.
Over six seasons with Chicago, Grossman threw for 6,164, 33 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Basically your middle of the pack quarterback, but the Bears also did something a little different when they had Grossman, they ran the football. During the same six year span the Bears had Thomas Jones rush for a 1,000 yards nearly three times, and Cedric Benson average nearly 17 rushing attempts per game. The Bears ran a balanced offensive attack and used their offensive line and running backs to open up their passing attack. That's something Chicago hasn't done since Jay Cutler came to town. This year Cutler has thrown the ball 338 times, Matt Forte who rushed for 1,238 yards last season on 318 attempts, has touched the ball 143 times for just under 500 yards. The Bears are no longer "Coming off the bus running," like head coach Lovie Smith said all last season and all preseason. Cutler is taking nearly five touches away from what is the Bears bread and butter.
So we've established that the Bears ran a much more effective and balanced offense with Rex Grossman yet we haven't established if Grossman is truly a better fit in Chicago. Well he is. Grossman did exactly what a Chicago quarterback needs to do, manage the game. We all know that the defense is capable of winning many close games, and they did in fact win many for Grossman. It may be a little unfair to say that Cutler is the only thing wrong with the Bears at the present time since the defense is obviously plagued by injuries. Yet, I still truly believe Grossman could play more effectively with the team in it's state of emergency right now. Grossman knew his place, he didn't make throws into closed windows or try to win the game solely arm his arm strength. In 46 NFL games Jay Cutler has thrown 54 interceptions and 68 touchdowns. In 36 professional football games Grossman has thrown for 33 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
If Jay Cutler is the future for the Chicago Bears I predict the Bears to be a basement dweller in the NFC North for the next four to five seasons. With a guy like Cutler running an offense that has lost it's identity and balance and General Manager Jerry Angelo constantly trading away draft picks for over paid players the Lions will soon leap the Bears in the NFC North.
That's why I stand before the world and wonder why did we get rid of Grossman who made less money and managed a game better. So get out your pens, paper and start the picket line outside Soldier Field to let Jerry Angelo know, "WE WANT GROSSMAN!"