We’re all witnessing a murder. The death of Jay Cutler’s career. The assault isn’t something that the Bears are consciously doing, rather it’s a collection of bad drafts and horrific signings that all point to the same fact. We will not make the playoffs again during Jay Cutler’s career.
On April 2nd, 2009 Bears fans were given a ray of hope. After undervaluing the position of quarterback for as long as any of us can remember, something changed. The Bears had traded for Jay Cutler. We finally had our first franchise quarterback. Everything was going to be different now. The joke was on us.
It all begins with the offensive line. Frank Omiyale, Lance Louse, J’Marcus Webb, and Chris Williams are all bad at football. Period. None of them could start on any other NFL team. Eight false starts last night, six in the first quarter? When they do get a play off, Cutler looks rushed and scared. Who can blame him? He gets sacked more than any other quarterback in football. One of those four linemen fails at his assignment on every down. In the Mike Martz offensive scheme, the quarterback takes a beating when everything is running smoothly. This line will shorten Cutler’s career.
In the event that a play does have time to develop, Cutler has nobody to throw to. Devin Hester is not a receiver. He often doesn’t know where to line up for a given play. He blows his routes. He is the greatest return man of all time, Jerry Angelo ruined him by paying him and making him a receiver.
Would you ask Michael Jordan to play center? Sometimes Johnny Knox shows up, and sometimes he does not. Roy Williams is out of shape and can’t run but still thinks he can. Dane Sanzenbacher is not Wes Welker and will never be. He could not play on any other NFL team.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears defense is finally showing signs of age. In order for the cover two scheme to be successful, two thing need to happen. The front four must generate pressure on the quarterback, and the safeties must keep all plays in front of them.
Once teams throw two linemen at Julius Peppers, our line generates no pressure. Our safeties are giving up the big plays. Chris Harris was beaten badly on Calvin Johnson’s touchdown reception. Brandon Meriweather is constantly out of position and bad at tackling.
Does Jay Cutler wish he stayed in Denver? I bet he does. He has no one to block for him, no one to throw to, and a defense that is having trouble keeping points off of the board. He could be competing in the soft AFC West. Instead, he’s in the same division with the Packers and the Lions, two young teams that could be good for years to come. Add this up and it’s unlikely that Cutler will play another post season game with the Chicago Bears.