October 5, 2016
What Does A Victory Mean?
Let’s talk about Jay Cutler.
The Bears quarterback did not play in Chicago’s 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field because he has an injured thumb. But much of the discussion in the aftermath of the Bears’ first victory, which puts them at 1-3, is about Cutler because the talk always has to be about Cutler.
Cutler has not played too badly this year, but not great enough either and, in his stead, Brian Hoyer has been much better, putting up a QB rating of 103.3 to Cutler’s 75.7, four TDs to Cutler’s one and no interceptions while Jay has been picked off twice.
And #2 has a victory, #6 does not. And Cutler’s Godzilla contract becomes non-guaranteed after this season and the Bears can free up $13 million in cap space if they cut him or trade him before next year and, with the Bears looking like they won’t be in playoff contention, or at least not because of Cutler, is it time to let Hoyer keep the ball and pave the way for Jay’s departure?
The Bears have not drafted a quarterback since David Fales in the sixth round in 2014. No, you haven’t heard of him.
So the Bears have no apparent plan for quarterback for the future unless that plan is more Cutler. Or more Hoyer, who has made a career out of being a backup.
Bears coach John Fox has said he might stick with Hoyer even when Cutler is ready and if Hoyer leads the Bears to victories over the Colts on Sunday and the Jaguars the following week – possible and very possible – then don’t you keep both eyes on the November 1st trade deadline and see who might be willing to pay for Cutler for the rest of the year?
The Bears are still beat up and full of questions and one triumph over the Lions doesn’t change that but if your goal is to win this year do you keep Cutler? Or if your goal is to keep building for next year, again, do you keep Cutler?
Anywho, friends, our apologies for yakking on without mentioning these two wonderful words: Jordan Howard. The Bears rookie running back rambled for 111 yards against the Lions and could be the happy new fella in the backfield. Also, the Bears defense gave a very solid effort against the Lions (Remember that Monty Python bit when John Cleese knocked out the little girl?) so hey, hope wears a blue helmet, right?
But how much longer will the tough and tumble QB wear it? — TK