Not Easy Being A Cutler Fan
When Cutler was traded to the Bears in April 2009, I remember being ecstatic. Not just excited or happy but downright ecstatic. It had been a long time, or ever since the Bears had a REAL quarterback. Now, I was certainly a fan of Sexy Rexy, but more for his eyebrow grooming than his quarterback play. Harbaugh was a good quarterback in his day, and Jim McMahon, of course, but we are going back 20, 25 years. Cutler looked like the real deal.
We should have had an inkling when he was labelled "disgruntled" in Denver. Never a good sign. But, those first couple years in Chicago, there were moments of greatness we witnessed. Passes that were spectacular. And when they lost, it was easy to blame the craziness the Bears had at Offensive Coordinator, new system, you name it, we were all, including myself, happy to think Cutler's best years were ahead of him, certainly not behind.
Last year, 2011, was looking like the breakout year for Cutler and the Bears. Then Cutler got injured, then Forte, then the Bears did not even make the playoffs. Cutler sat dressed on the sidelines, looking bored and uninterested during games. The chatting about Cutler began again. "Not a team player", "only cares about himself", "not being a leader". Now, I don't know what, if any, of those rumblings are or were true, but as a fan, who wants nothing more than to see the Bears succeed, it was a bit disheartening. I began making excuses for Cutler myself. Maybe he is a leader in the locker room, maybe he is really bummed out that he is not playing, maybe he was out with his fiancee last night and he is tired...Again, I really wanted to believe that he was going to come back and bring those sparks of greatness back to the field.
Here we are, just over a third of the way through the season (Week 6 upcoming), and the Bears are 4-1 with a Bye Week approaching. What has all the chatter been about so far? Cutler yelling at J'Marcus Webb on the sidelines and Cutler walking away from Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice in consecutive games. Now, no drama this past week, as the Bears blew out the Jaguars in the second half-but its funny that I'm not recalling a 4-1 record as quickly as I am recalling Cutler being an ass to his teammate and his Coach.
Now, the other component playing into this is that Cutler has played spectacularly and he has also looked awful. The first half of the Jacksonville game, the Bears offense completely sputtered. Second half they rocked. He has lacked consistent great play.
So, Cutler does not endear himself to Chicago fans by his sideline demeanor, his consistent play or his cheering on the sidelines. Now, I don't know Jay Cutler, and I do want to be a fan of his. I do. I am trying. He just really isn't making it easy on us. Although, I'm not really sure he cares. But I wish he would-it would make it much more fun to cheer him on.