Is Jay Cutler The Right QB For The Bears?

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Is Jay Cutler the Right QB for the Bears?

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    At the right price, sure...if he asks for too much, I am ok with him walking as well...

    However, with regard to resigning both Cutler and McCown...I am not sure about that...nothing against McCown, but I would much rather see a younger, higher ceiling guy in the #2 spot next year, regardless of who we have starting opening day next year...I truly believe Trestman is going to develop us a real QB, and that he isn't on the team yet...
     
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    I could not agree more. When this season started I could not imagine anyone other than Cutler as the QB. I have been 100 percent Pro-Cutler during his tenure with the Bears.

    But, after taking a step back and logically looking at what has unfolded this season and also looking at what has happened in the past (with his injuries and poor in-game decisions etc. which weren't all entirely Cutler's fault during his time in Chicago) I'm not sure if Jay is a good fit for the Bears anymore and that says Alot coming from me because I've been such a Cutler supporter.

    With that said, if the Bears were to go with him long term, I would be perfectly OK with that.

    I started this thread because with the recent turn of events, even the staunchest Cutler supporters like myself are starting to question whether he's the right QB for this team.
     
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    Well, i can see us FT Cutler and re-signing McCown, only as a stop gap for next year, to give Emery the ability to focus on fixing the D. With the QB and the Offense set in place, all he needs to worry about is addressing issues with the Defense this offseason, allowing him to put the QB issue off for another year. Who knows? Jay might bounce back and play amazing next season with another year in Trestman's offense. Or, he may stumble yet again, and since its only a FT, we can let him go after 2014, and go with McCown+rookie QB after that.

    Or, Emery could just scrap it and start from scratch, let Jay go, draft our future QB, and re-sign McCown to run the offense for a year, plugging in the QB if McCown starts to struggle.

    I dunno...in any case, its going to be a VERY interesting off-season this year.
     
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    It's a beautiful problem to have. Most of us were Cutler supporters because the Bears have tragically lacked in the QB department for decades, so i think we all were willing to look past cutler's flaws, since he represented the first GOOD QB that we have seen, (for some of us)...ever.

    But, Trestman has changed that with his system. Emery has earned his paycheck by assembling a solid offense of talent, and Trestman's system is QB friendly. So yeah..Cutler is a GOOD Qb, but with the weapons and HC we have, we can always find a BETTER one (or let Trest groom one as a rookie)
     
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    This is going to be an extremely tough decision for Emery.

    I think the Bears should franchise tag Cutler, sign him to a one year deal and re-sign McCown to back him up in 2014 just in case he has another bad and/or injury plagued year.

    With that said, if a good young QB falls to wherever the Bears are drafting in the ultra-deep 2014 draft, I do not hesitate to pull the trigger and draft one.
     
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    Not only that, Emery has a bunch of FA to decide on. We all knew this was going to be an issue this offseason, that is what happens when you sign a bunch of FAs to one year deals and refuse to sign any of your vets to contract extensions. It pretty much pissed off the vets who were used to JA's "reward your own" policy where they always got their extensions before contracts were up.

    I was saying at the beginning of the year, the only two players that were locks for contract extensions were Cutler and Robbie. But with the way Jay has played combined with his injuries, that list is down to one: only player we can guarantee getting a nice fat contract extension at this point is Robbie.

    But, this could also be the turning point for the franchise. Emery has the chance to really make this team into something great, by making smart choices and solid draft picks. If the Bears happen to go on to win the SB in the near future, i think we can all look back and credit Phil Emery's savy offseason decisions of 2013.
     
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    I'm a Cutler supporter, but don't think he's the right fit for this system. Plus, I'm concerned about all the injuries he's racking up. Taking those two things into consideration, along with knowing how close Marshall is to Cutler, I'd do the following:

    1 - FT Cutler
    2 - Resign McCown
    3 - Draft our next QB in 2014 (rest of the picks go to the D) and let him sit & learn for a year.

    Come 2015, hope that the 2014 draft pick is ready to start and maybe have McCown back one last year?

    My opinion is worth what you paid for it. :)
     
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    I agree.

    Franchise Cutler and sign him to a 1-year deal, resign McCown as a solid backup on a team that is still ready to win now, and spend one of the 2014 picks on a QB if one is available.

    Nothing wrong with spending a 2014 draft pick on a 3rd QB that'll hold a clipboard for a year or may even be your starter or 2nd stringer if Cutler gets injured again.
     
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    I disagree.

    Let him go. Dude cannot seem to stay heathy.

    Re-sign McCown, draft a QB and fix the defense.

    Letting Jay go might mean Marshall leaves, so extend him before officially letting Cutty go.
     
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    Thanks for starting this thread. The way you worded it, is exactly right - Is he right for the Bears?

    My thinking has followed a very similar path as yours on this. I've been a supporter of Jay, but realized he needed to improve parts of his game. And he did seem to be improving under Trestman. He has "The Arm" for sure. But looking at his entire "body of work" it's clear that he doesn't always have the best decision-making ability, to go with that arm. I keep coming back to the same point, that if we truly do have a great developer of quarterbacks in Marc Trestman, then why on earth would we be afraid of "life without Cutler?" Jay has established a track record of not being able to win the big games here in Chicago. He can look great against the lessor teams though. Is that "good enough" for us? As time goes on, and Jay looks older and more fragile, and falls short in must-win games like yesterday....well, I think we need something better here. And Trestman seems to be the guy who can deliver a better QB.
     
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