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Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:24 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 9:15 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

A few weeks ago, Tony Romo showed up on a Monday night with a couple broken ribs, beat the Redskins and was showered with praise for the next week. Jay Cutler didn't have anything broken (that we know of) before Monday night's 24-13 loss in Detroit, and he didn't win the game, but he should get some credit for his performance.

Cutler fought against a fierce Lions pass rush and an offensive line determined to start him behind the eight ball and/or leave him on the floor of Ford Field.

The offensive line committed a whopping nine false starts, and missed many more blocks, looking completely inept against Detroit's front four. At one point, a stat showed that in 33 dropbacks for Cutler, he was hurried 11 times and knocked down nine times.

Give credit to the Lions defensive line, of course, because they came at a patchwork offensive line with power (Kyle Vanden Bosch), speed (Cliff Avril and Willie Young), and potentially superhuman strength (Ndamukong Suh).

And give credit to a very rowdy and very loud home crowd at Ford Field that disrupted the Bears and remained screaming loudly 30 minutes after the game ended with Matthew Stafford doing on-field interviews.

"Nine false starts -- I don't know if I've ever been a part of that," Jim Schwartz said afterwards. "So, our hats are off to the fans here in Detroit."



Schwartz is right, but the fact of the matter is that the Bears, now 2-3 with losses to both the Lions and the Packers, don't have the offensive personnel to operate against defenses with any whiff of a pass rush.

Detroit sacked Cutler three times for a loss of 12 yards, but that doesn't begin to show the number of hurries and pressures that the Bears quarterback endured during the 39 minutes that the Bears held the ball.

Cutler rolled left, he rolled right, he ducked flying tacklers and he made a slew of fantastic plays with his feet to keep the Bears alive throughout the night, piling up 227 yards and a touchdown (with no interceptions) while going 28 for 38 on the night.

He'll catch grief from the media because the Bears continue to struggle on offense, but he shouldn't -- Mike Martz couldn't seem to realize the obvious fact that three-step drops created bigger problems for Detroit's defense, and continued to let Cutler drop deep into the pocket and get hammered by the Lions front four.

Somehow, Cutler hung in all night and almost gave the Bears a chance to win. He won't get the praise he deserves, because the Bears lost. And that's fair. But he'll probably end up catching grief because everyone seems willing to point fingers his way and/or make up fake newspaper headlines when the Bears struggle.

And that's just unreasonable, given what the absolute lack of protection Chicago gave him.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:14 am
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:51 am
 

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

As a Lions fan, I got quite frustrated watching Cutler make play after play after barely eluding the Lions' rush.  Now that the game is over, I feel sorry for him, because he just doesn't have the supporting cast there this year.  Maybe some Vandy fans should start a "Free Jay Cutler" campaign on Twitter.  It worked great for the last guy who deserved one.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:32 am
 

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

 There's a good team in there some where with the Bears they just need a new staff in my opinion.
A Hall of Fame staff would have problems with the offensive line (and it is an offensive line) the Bears have.  What about the guy who drafts this "talent?"  IMO, Angelo is a lot bigger problem than the coaching.

Hey McCaskeys, speaking as a Packer fan, please keep Angelo around. 



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:53 am
 

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

Spot on Laughton, I'm not going to lie, I chuckled a bit seeing Martz up there sitting in the press box shadows and Rod Marinelli most likely telling his players to lower their pad level as if that was the problem. There's a good team in there some where with the Bears they just need a new staff in my opinion. Get the Vikings straight (also a coaching issue) and the NFC North is going to be one potent division in the NFL.


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