Does Cutler need to be an elite QB?
I think part of the angst here is due to people expecting two things:
1. Jay Cutler to be an elite quarterback for us.
2. The Bears to be a Super Bowl level team this year & Cutler will put this team on his back and carry it to a SB win.
My own feeling is that we don't need Jay Cutler to be elite to still win a few Super Bowls during his tenure here. I've mentioned this before, that if he could just be an "Eli Manning level" quarterback, I'd be thrilled. I've never thought of Eli as elite. People flamed him a couple of years ago when he answered a reporter that he thought he was as good as the elite QB's in the NFL. Eli is a smart QB, on a rock-solid team. An extremely well-coached team too. Eli doesn't have to single-handedly carry the team anywhere, but rather he just needs to do his job. He's one heck of a solid QB that way. But elite? No. He is the beneficiary of being on a GREAT team with GREAT coaching.
At least that's my 2-cents worth. Eli may ultimately end up in the Hall of Fame, but I'd never envision him as being "one of the great ones" in the NFL. By the way, he plays behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, at least IMHO.
Regarding point #2 above, I think folks thought the Cutler/Marshall combo automatically meant Jay would have a pro bowl year and lead us to the promised land. This year.
What do you guys think? Is all lost if Jay Cutler is merely "good" and not "great"???