I don't think it's excuses for Cutler per se, at least not from me. For me it's more wishful, hopeful thinking. It's been forever since I've seen a competent QB in a Bears uniform, and seeing Jays natural abilities, I'm hopeful that something, players, coaches, schematic changes will bring out the "elite" in him. I watch the guy sometimes and think "wow I don't know if any other QB can make that throw" other timer it's "wow I don't know if any other QB would do something so stupid". I guess I'm hoping for that "magic pill" that makes him great. Thought that was Martz, guess not, blame 7 step drops, crappy receivers, poor line. Then Tice seemed like the answer, thinking Jay would have more say in the plays, having BM too, surely this would be the breakout season! Nope, blame Tice and shitty line play. For me at least Jay doesn't get a complete pass because I've seen him do some really boneheaded things with the football, but I'm still waiting for the "pill". Guess I just got tired of watching the Bears play GB and the announcers rambling on about 27 starting QBs since Favre started his streak with GB, and now those bastards have Rodgers too? I just want my franchise QB, and for now Jay is all I got so I give him some rope, although its getting shorter every year.
Cutler, is never going to amount to much under these circumstances. Neither will the offense. I do believe that after a year or so in a new system, that we will see a decent offense......assuming of course, that Emery fixes the personnel woes. I'm OK with another restart with coaches/scheme/playbook - one more time - if they can finally bring in a solid offensive coach.
Ya gotta start somewhere. 2013 may be a good restart opportunity, and we see some improvement. By 2014, we can be even better.
How can we even evaluate Cutler under the situation he landed in here in Chicago? Sure blame him for some bonehead decisions (the worst one was deciding to come to Chicago - the butt hole of offenses). But he's really been screwed here.
Again, I like Cutler. I am glad we have Cutler. It just makes me sick that once again we have a QB where half the fan base is making excuses for him. They did it with Rex, they did it with Orton and they are doing it again with Cutler.
It's just so disappointing that things turned out so bad. For me, it's not like I'm feeling good if Lovie is fired. I like the guy and wanted him to take us back to the SB and win it this time.
But what a mess. The time to have gotten a solid OC was years ago. The time to have gotten a solid oline was years ago. The time to have gotten solid TE's was years ago. And on, and on, and on...
I'm angry about how it all could have been avoided. We could have been the lead dog in our division. Instead we're clawing to keep out of another 3rd place NFC-N finish.