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Cutler, Bears sinking fast

During the Marc Trestman era in Chicago, the narrative has been that as Jay Cutler goes, so do the Chicago Bears (2-3). However, after his recent struggles, fans may come to the realization that it may not be very far.

As a long-time Cutler supporter, I cant hide the fact that he has been underwhelming for much of this year.

For a player with immense arm talent, and the type of offensive help many quarterbacks dream about, Cutler’s Bears have scored a just under 22 points through five games this season which places them in the bottom third in the NFL in scoring.

Despite solid first and second quarter performances against the Packers and Panthers, Cutler has failed to protect the ball in the second half of both games as well as score points.  The Bears have scored a combined three points in the later halves of those games despite gaining over 300 yards.

Cutler’s performance should be concerning to Bears fans as his play has declined as of late. After throwing eight touchdowns and two interceptions during the first three games, the last two contests he has a combined four touchdowns and four interceptions, this trend is starting to tell the story of their 2014 season.

The Bears have been 4-18 overall in games when Jay Cutler throws two or more interceptions, they are also 0-3 this season. Therefore, all Jay Cutler has to do is not throw two picks and the Bears will always have a fighting chance.

To his credit, Cutler’s tenure as a starter in Chicago has essentially rewrote the Bear’s passing records.

He has the single season record in comeback wins, most career passing yardage, and many more records after only five years as a starter. However, victories are how quarterbacks are judged at the end of the day and Cutler may be judged harshly due to his decision making since these are not the Bears of old: No lack of talent on the offensive line, no lack of talent at the receiver position, and the defense is making strides toward improvement this year.

There is no where to place blame aside from Jay Cutler, especially has he most recently signed a seven-year contract to stay in Chicago and has a cap hit of nearly 19 million this year.

While it isn’t abnormal for quarterbacks to struggle on occasion,  it will be interesting to see if Cutler rebounds or continues to struggle on the road versus the Falcons next week.

If these struggles continue, it may not be a matter of talent, but instead fiscal responsibility, that may urge the Bears to consider going in another direction during the next off season.

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