The Chicago Bears have had their share of quarterback carousels. They have not had a franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman, and he was spectacular. Yes, it is true that in 1985 the Bears actually won a Super Bowl under QB Jim McMahon, and the assistance of Walter Payton, Mike Singletary and William “Refrigerator” Perry.
And like all great quarterbacks they are not successful unless they have their star wide receivers, tight-ends and running backs. Denver Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning is having a stellar year because of players like WR Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. It does help to know how to read the defense and have passing opportunities.
From 2006-2008, Jay Cutler was the hopeful star quarterback of the Broncos. During 2008, head coach Josh McDaniels started fishing for quarterbacks in the draft and Cutler did not take that very well. Cutler was ready to succeed elsewhere and the Chicago Bears did not waste anytime grabbing Cutler and making him their franchise hopeful. But former GM Jerry Angelo set him up to fail with three different offensive coordinators; Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice.
All three offensive coordinators did not understand the complicated world of Jay Cutler. He needed a head coach who was willing to build a team around his talents and improve the cannon arm he already had. Enter Marc Trestman who knows how to get in the head of a quarterback. He was willing to dismantle Cutlers bad mechanics and adjust them in a matter of a few months.
Cutler had to find his moxie. It was important for him to show the Bears fans and his peers that even though he has Type 1 diabetes, he is just as agile, just as fast and just as gutsy as his fellow quarterbacks. In 2010 he was accused by other league players of faking a knee injury in the NFC Championship. For months his integrity and love for the game of football was questioned.
He now has the protection he needs from his front seven, a defense that is determined to get him playing on the field as much as possible, and a coach that believes in his abilities to be great. He may get rattled when sacked more than once in a game, but give Cutler a chance to get comfortable in the pocket and he will deliver to his play makers.
Let’s face it, Jay Cutler has moxie and the Bears fans know it. It may be this year and it may not, but Jay Cutler is capable of taking the Chicago Bears to a championship.
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