Why Jay Cutler's Immaturity Is Chicago Bears' Greatest Obstacle in Title Quest

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 28, 2012

Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) looks down the bench at wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bears have one of the NFL's best defenses and an offense that can hang with anybody on its best day, but QB Jay Cutler's immaturity continues to get in the way.

Any type of distraction can be detrimental to a team, and Cutler provides more than his fair share of them.

This is not to say he is not a great player. Few QBs have the arm strength of Cutler, and he makes some throws that are absolutely awe-inspiring.

However, his on-field production is often overshadowed by his immature antics. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has often been accused of being a whiner. He scolded an offensive lineman on national television earlier in the season. Cutler has been seen pouting on the sidelines, and this week took things to another level.

While walking into the tunnel at halftime of the Chicago Bears contest with the Carolina Panthers, Cutler could be seen mouthing obscenities towards booing fans.

The QB of the Bears must be above this. Fans are going to boo—that is simply the nature of the NFL. It is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of league, and when you commit three turnovers in the first half, fans are going to voice their frustrations.

It is Cutler's job to show mental toughness and fortitude and rise above their petty boos. Chicago is in a position to win the NFC North and possibly make a run at the Lombardi Trophy. The greatest obstacle in the way of that quest is Cutler's constant troubles.

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He cannot walk away from his offensive coordinator Mike Tice when he attempts to talk to him. He cannot cause controversy within the organization. These are simple corrections that must be made for Chicago to ensure continued success.

The Bears are a dangerous football team that can make serious waves this season, but Cutler must find a way to channel his frustrations to a proper place, such as his play on the field.

Through six games Cutler has eight touchdowns, seven interceptions and 1,359 yards passing. Those numbers can only improve if he focuses solely on winning football games.

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