The Time Has Passed to Make Excuses for 'Jay-O Cinco'

11/13/09 in NFL   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

I think it's fair to say that I'm tired of making excuses for Jay Cutler.  After throwing 5 picks against San Francisco tonight, I've decided to call our franchise quarterback, 'Jay-O Cinco.'  So with the Bears limping along at 4-5, I thought it might be a good time to go over each of my favorite excuses for Jay Cutler, and why each one no longer tells the whole story.  It's time for Jay to take ownership of his poor play.

Excuse #1- The Bears don't run the ball well.
This is true, but Matt Forte looked a bit better tonight.  There is no denying that the sub-standard running game puts more pressure on Jay Cutler.  He can still make better decisions will the ball, however.  His 1st quarter interception to a defensive lineman was pathetic.  Sure, a better team could have run the ball into the endzone on that series, but throw the ball away and take the field goal Mr. Cutler.

Excuse #2- The Offensive Line is horrible.
There is no denying this.  The O-LIne looks lost most of the time.  The newcomers, including future Hall-of-Famer, Orlando Pace, have been horrible.  Cutler runs for his life continuously.  I respect that he's trying to make plays.  Someday, Cutler's competitiveness will take us back to the Super Bowl.  For now, Jay, you will have to take a few sacks, and as mentioned above, throw the ball away when there's nothing there.

Excuse #3- The Chicago Wide-Receivers are average at best.
Yes, this receiving corps has no idea how to run a crisp route.  Cutler has to hope that they will be where they're supposed to be, and Devin Hester is the worst in terms of route-running.  Yes, he has decent numbers, but don't be fooled.  His "slip" tonight is not an isolated incident.  It takes a huge "leap of faith" for Jay Cutler to throw this guy the ball on a regular basis.  This too does not excuse the quarterback's poor decision making.  He needs better talent to throw to, but Cutler needs to look in the mirror as well. 

Excuse #4- Ron Turner is not an accomplished offensive coordinator.
Turner may not be an elite coordinator, but this ridiculous offensive is not his fault.  Turner had a couple of decent years with Erik Kramer and Jay Cutler is a much better talent than Kramer.  I can no longer criticize Turner when Jay continues to have no sense for where he is on the field or the gravity of the moment.  You have to know when to eat the ball and take 3 free points, or when to take the sack.  

I know that this is not a good team and that is the General Manager, Jerry Angelo's fault.  The time has come for Jay Cutler to improve his game, however.  The Kyle Orton people are loony; Cutler will someday take this team back to the Super Bowl.  Jay hasn't made it easy on those Bears fans who are loyal to him, however.  The time for making excuses has passed.  Cutler needs to perform in a way that justifies the draft picks given away to bring him to Chicago.  
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11/13/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Buc_N_Nole wrote:
The year the Bears went to the SB. For the first 8 games he had the higest QB rating in the league. For the last 8 games he had the lowest.

Not true.  I only looked up Peyton Manning's rating, but here's how they compared through each of their respective first 8 games.

Manning's QB Rating - 104.8
Grossman's QB Rating - 87.8

11/13/09   |   zballa07   |   44 respect

i thought it was funny they said that the last player to throw 5 interceptions in a game was KYLE ORTON
Son of a BIT"H i dont know who got the better end of the stick us or them

11/13/09   |   Buc_N_Nole   |   5 respect

Buc_N_Nole wrote:
Funny how Rex Grossman went from top rated QB in the league to bottom rated, then they trade for Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler who is now stinkin up the joint.  Could it be the system?

The year the Bears went to the SB. For the first 8 games he had the higest QB rating in the league. For the last 8 games he had the lowest.

11/13/09   |   masternate30   |   121 respect

Hmmmmmmmmmmm How do you make an excuse for an excuse.   Oh now I get it, excuses, excuses, excuses, and more excuses    Denver knew what do were doing when they got rid of Jay Cutler.

11/13/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Buc_N_Nole wrote:
Funny how Rex Grossman went from top rated QB in the league to bottom rated, then they trade for Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler who is now stinkin up the joint.  Could it be the system?

When was Grossman the top rated QB in the league?  News to me....

11/13/09   |   Buc_N_Nole   |   5 respect

Funny how Rex Grossman went from top rated QB in the league to bottom rated, then they trade for Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler who is now stinkin up the joint.  Could it be the system?

11/13/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I think its fairly obvious that Jay's struggles are partly due to him being victim of a poor team.  His style of game tends to compound the issues of a bad team.  Its high risk, high reward football.  Some days he'll look like the greatest QB to step on the field, some days he'll look like the worst.  When he came out of Vanderbilt he reminded me of Brett Favre, and right now he looks like a young Brett Favre.  I'm sure Bears fans are hoping they see Jay in his prime soon and that when he's in his prime the Bears aren't wasting it with another poorly built team.

I couldn't agree more that it's a poorly constructed team.  Eeesh.  I just can't be a Cutler apologist anymore.  17 interceptions is too many.  I can't wait until he (hopefully) gets it together. 

11/13/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Also, it's fair to say that Cutler could have been picked 7 times. It was crazy the number of balls the Niners D was jumping on. Of course, I remember on one near pick, Hester ran a kind of J-style out, which is dreadful. You learn in high school not to do that. You have to cut hard on that out, as close to a 90-degree, even 85-degree angle (come back to the ball a bit) as possible, and Hester didn't even come close to doing that. So yeah, I'll grant Cutler the fact that his receivers really suck. They do.

I couldn't believe that either.  It's not joke to say that the guy could have had 7 or 8 interceptions. 

11/13/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24908 respect

Do people forget he's been doing the same thing for 3 years now?  This isn't anything new with him..
He'll make excuses for himself, pout, throw red zone picks, and expect to be treated like he's the greatest thing in the world.. 
If he was so awesome, why does he have diabetes?

11/13/09   |   rogercarver1960   |   126 respect

The Bears have dug themselves a hole and now it is time for them to hibernate until spring.

11/13/09   |   CUBBY4LIFE   |   1 respect

I am a Broncos fan and I would like to say something that I was saying when this trade happened: To my dear Bears fans HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Cutler's only nfl talent is his arm. He yet has the mental ability to be a franchise QB. And the #1 point to prove this is his League Leading 9 redzones picks since he bacame a starter! If  he gets it figured out upstairs then he will be that Franchise QB until then enjoy the guy who is going to lead the league in interceptions!

11/13/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

11/13/09   |   solomonrichardson96   |   23 respect

I have been a bit down on the Bears and Lovey.  I don't think he is the coach for the Bears.  He coached well for the Colts in the Bear/Colt Superbowl game.  He looked perfect up until that game.  After that game, he has been an also ran coach and with mediocre skilled position players on offense.  Their defense was their offense.  The Bears are still too conservative.  Why not bring in a T.O.  It would have been true gravy had they had the balls and brought in T.O. and Vick.  Conservatism has always been Chi-town's franchises weakness.

11/13/09   |   zballa07   |   44 respect

from what i seen this year thanks bears for taking our garbage

11/13/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Also, it's fair to say that Cutler could have been picked 7 times. It was crazy the number of balls the Niners D was jumping on. Of course, I remember on one near pick, Hester ran a kind of J-style out, which is dreadful. You learn in high school not to do that. You have to cut hard on that out, as close to a 90-degree, even 85-degree angle (come back to the ball a bit) as possible, and Hester didn't even come close to doing that. So yeah, I'll grant Cutler the fact that his receivers really suck. They do.

Here's my 5 favorite Devin Hester excuses:

#5 This new guy throws way harder than the Weezer roadie looking guy did.

#4 On punt returns they let me run wherever I want to, now they're getting all nit-picky about it "be here, be there, don't run run an in route that's shaped like a banana, nag, nag nag.  

#3 Can't concentrate, I keep wondering where Deion Sanders is and what's he doing, what did he see in that Bryant kid, is because he's younger than me Deion, is it?!!?

#2 Keeps having DB flashbacks, I think should I play the ball, play the man, are we in Cover 2 or Man?  Then I remember I m supposed to be playing offense now, it used to happen all the time, now I'm down to 4-5 times a game.

#1 Hey lighten up I am not a wide receiver, I know what everybody says, I know what number I'm wearing but baby I am a receiver like Joe Lieberman's an Independent and Olympia Snow's a Republican or the way Chloe Kardasian's a celebrity.  In name only kid!

11/13/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Bravo Bob! Bravo!

11/13/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

does it help that his passes looked really crisp when thrown to the 49ers backfield?

11/13/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Aaron Rodgers doesn't buy the excuse of a bad offensive line. His line is 10 times worse and he's thrown as many picks in half a season as Cutler threw tonight.

Both the Packers and Bears offensive lines are terrible, but Green Bay has the benefit of having two Pro-Bowl caliber receivers.  The Bears lack a true #1 receiver and the rest of the cast is mediocre at best.

Having said that, Cutler played terrible last night.  Much of the credit has to go to the 49ers defense.  They played lights out. 

11/13/09   |   rigatonys   |   36 respect

I guess McDaniels knew what he was doing all along and the so called "experts" may have been wrong after all. I don't usually agree with deion sanders, but he was right last night when he called cutler out; as deion put it "He (Cutler) hasn't won anything yet".

11/13/09   |   Frankie_D   |   290 respect

Very nice article Bob. I have to agree with you 100%. The Bears have a lot of problems that they will need to fix in the off season. For the rest of this season its not looking good being a Bears Fan.

11/13/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
A little laggy tonight, they're there. No worries.

Thank you kind sir. They're lagging like Tommie Harris on D.

Oh yes, I just went there.

11/13/09   |   thequick13   |   3 respect

Jay is a rare quarterback. I know he's better than the 5 picks he threw. He's very bi-polar, so to speak. Very much like a young Favre. I'm just hoping for a bad season for the Bears cause they have the Broncos pick, so if he throws 40 picks & Chicago not win another game, all the better for the Broncos.

11/13/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
my posts, i can't find them!!!!!!!

A little laggy tonight, they're there. No worries.

11/13/09   |   Dubya   |   39 respect

Recievers and O-line look like his biggest problems. What he had in Denver compared to what he has in Chicago are different. The defense is good enough. Cutler even led another 4th quarter drive. Just ended up another pick in the red-zone.

11/13/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

my posts, i can't find them!!!!!!!

11/13/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Also, it's fair to say that Cutler could have been picked 7 times. It was crazy the number of balls the Niners D was jumping on. Of course, I remember on one near pick, Hester ran a kind of J-style out, which is dreadful. You learn in high school not to do that. You have to cut hard on that out, as close to a 90-degree, even 85-degree angle (come back to the ball a bit) as possible, and Hester didn't even come close to doing that. So yeah, I'll grant Cutler the fact that his receivers really suck. They do.

11/13/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Aaron Rodgers doesn't buy the excuse of a bad offensive line. His line is 10 times worse and he's thrown as many picks in half a season as Cutler threw tonight.

11/13/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

I think its fairly obvious that Jay's struggles are partly due to him being victim of a poor team.  His style of game tends to compound the issues of a bad team.  Its high risk, high reward football.  Some days he'll look like the greatest QB to step on the field, some days he'll look like the worst.  When he came out of Vanderbilt he reminded me of Brett Favre, and right now he looks like a young Brett Favre.  I'm sure Bears fans are hoping they see Jay in his prime soon and that when he's in his prime the Bears aren't wasting it with another poorly built team.