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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: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:17 am

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

Wow, what a game. Lions fan all my life, and the Bears are a team in the div. you have to love to hate as a Lions fan. Jay Cutler played one heck of a game. Like the announcers from the game last night said it best when they said Cutler had to improve the whole night. So happy the Lions won, but Cutler needs credit for giving the Bears the chance that they had. P.S. to the Bears front office, you have to many ex-Lion head coaches as  your assistant coaches. GOOOO LIONS!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:55 am

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

I am tired of this cover 2 defense. We're allowing so many big plays and even when we aren't, teams just dink and dunk all the way down the field for easy touchdowns. Any team can move the ball on us. Even the Falcons did, but they bailed us out with turnovers. And Omiyale and Webb are the worst O-Lineman in the NFL. Cutler would be great with a decent offensive line.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:38 am

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

That's the truth, hitnruni95, sho nuff. It's as if the Bears' "brain" trust wasn't aware of the story of Jon Kitna in Detroit under Mike Martz, "Risking Life, Limbs, and Wits in the Motor City." 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:47 am

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

You'd think a coordinator as vaunted as Mike Martz would have great skill, or any skill whatsoever, at hiding bad personnel. Or more to the point, that he would have been fired years ago for his lack of that skill and his total lack of regard for his QB's health.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:49 am

Give Jay Cutler credit for managing to stay alive

I do give Cutler credit on his effort, he was sacked 3 times but I counted at least 5 times that he should have been sacked but did some amazing things to escape; nevertheless, Detroit's defense is very very good and with Fairly working himself into game shape, will only get better.  During the two comeback wins it was the Detroit D that started it, and let's not forget that defensive pounding delivered to the KC Chiefs the second game of the season.  Cutler deserves credit for surviving, but the Detroit Defense was the story.

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