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Cutler, the Forgotten Man

| August 16th, 2016

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Somehow, Jay Cutler has become the forgotten man.

Bourbonnais attention has centered on a revamped defense, first eyeballs on Kevin White and Leonard Floyd and the emergence of a little white fella from Western Michigan. The offensive line has become the source of concern, especially in the aftermath of Hroniss Grasu’s year-ending injury and a few ugly couple drives against the defending champs in the first meaningless game. Alshon Jeffery came to camp unfit physically and unhappy financially. The Bears are still looking for a running back that can catch the ball with regularity. If Zach Miller gets hurt, then what?

There’s no conversation around Cutler. No drama. And he’s never looked more comfortable in his own skin.

I recently did a radio appearance with my friend Trent Condon in Des Moines. It took 17 minutes of the spot until Cutler’s name was mentioned. And that mention came from me. The average time it took for a first Cutler mention over the last five years was about 1.1 minutes.

But make no mistake about it. The 2016 Bears will only go as far as their quarterback takes them. Just because there’s no drama around Cutler doesn’t mean there’s not an intense amount of pressure on him.

Why pressure?

  • Cutler is going to have a defense, something he hasn’t had the last half decade. The Bears won’t need forty points to win games. They’ll need 20-24.
  • Cutler has to bring along young players at pivotal positions. He can’t lose his mind when Leno misses a block or Langford drops a third down conversion or White runs the wrong route. Growing pains are to be expected and Cutler has never been very good at hiding his displeasure/frustration on the field.
  • Cutler may not care what is said about him but he’s aware of everything. And he knows full well that a regressive season, falling into the mistakes of yesteryear, will lead folks to two conclusions: (1) he’s unable to string together positive seasons and (2) Adam Gase WAS the reason for his 2015.
  • Cutler ain’t young. He’s entering his mid-thirties while only being a few years from his contract ballooning to what the organization may find untenable. The window for him to win, especially with the Bears, opens seriously in September.

Cutler and the Bears don’t have to win it all in 2016. But by the end of this campaign, they have to leave fans thinking they can.

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  • SC Dave

    Firstness

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    haha, well I think Jay just made a roster move:
    http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2016/08/15/jay-cutler-on-wr-marc-mariani-he-just-makes-catches/

    When you’re battling for a job and your QB says, ““He just makes catches,” said quarterback Jay Cutler after the team’s joint practice with the Patriots…He makes plays. He’s in the right spot. He does exactly what is asked of him. He’s the ultimate team guy. He’s out there making catches for us
    and he’s going to keep doing that.”

    Tell us how you really feel Jay.

    • willbest

      Except that one in the preseason. If you are Royal though, that has to suck.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Jay is the forgotten man because most people finally realize that you need an actual football team to win football games. The Bears are starting to build up that team.

    I’m still very excited for that first 30yd strike to Alshon in the back of the end zone.

    • CanadaBear

      Hope you’re right about building a team. Right now the OL needs a lot of brick and mortar.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        #vetminimum

      • DaBearsBlog

        I think the offensive line needs a center.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’d have settled for Slauson there.

        • CanadaBear

          Are you OK with Leno and Massie? I don’t think the sky is falling but I’m not totally convinced they are the answer.

    • Big Mike

      Alshon pisses me off. Given the tools of an all pro, he’s just a whiny lazy soft ass player.

      • CanadaBear

        Where do you get the whiny part? I’ve never seen any evidence of that.

        • willbest

          I presume because he isn’t colorful and avoids the spotlight unlike pretty much every other WR#1.

          • Big Mike

            He’s a silent whiner 🙂

          • CanadaBear

            Mind meld.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Like most of us.

          • Big Mike

            Ok, I get it. I was out of line. Like most of us here, I see his potential and want him to be a guy that just goes balls out all year long for the beloved.

        • Big Mike

          Passive aggressive. I’m just tired of him not being all in and playing the game with Chicago fans. ” I love chicago, I love jay cutler”. Etc. Blow some smoke up our butts. 🙂

          • willbest

            On the flip side he isn’t shooting himself, getting stabbed by his girlfriend, beating children, tying women down, trying to beat a murder charge, wrapping his car around street lights…

          • Big Mike

            I’m just tired of him not being all that he can be. He’s not a bad dude. Just not a guy who does the little things in the off season that make him a guy whose jersey you’d buy. If he gets hurt, there will be only anger that he didn’t get in batter shape. (whether it’s true or not). When he’s on top of his game he’s a top 10 receiver. But it seems.. he could be a top 5 receiver and be on top of his game more often if he focused.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Playing behind offensive lines “anchored’ by the likes of the J’Marcus Webbs of NFL is/has been enough to drive some QBs out of the league.

          • Alvinartapia3

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      • Adam Truelove

        He’s not whiny, at least no publicly. But yes, his work ethic leaves a bit to be desired.

        • SC Dave

          How would you know?

      • willbest

        He got into a tussle with Butler and was kicked out of practice. That seems like a fighting can do attitude.

        • Big Mike

          I just read that. Me likey…

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    FYI- we get to see part of the Bears/Pats joint practice this morning on ESPN.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      well that sucked they cut reporting right when they were getting ready for 7on7 drills. Should have expected that.

  • CanadaBear

    BB won’t get the chance to develop Brock Vereen. He retired.

    • MB30SD

      vereen or BB!?!?

    • Big Mike

      Wasted pick. Confirms DBB opinion. If BB can’t use him, off he goes. I think Retiring is going to be the new way players get cut. They can cite health concerns, other interests, blah, blah. Instead of not being good enough.

      • CanadaBear

        If it doesn’t make any difference monetarily, gotta agree. Saves face for sure.

  • CanadaBear

    Nothing new here but at least it’s something.

    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/08/12/week-review

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    watching media/beat writers trying to drum up Bennett/Cutler drama is sad. Man, we live in a pussy ass society.

    • willbest

      I notice I don’t hear my kids singing sticks and stones. I doubt other kids are either.

    • CanadaBear

      I loved Cutler’s comment yesterday when they were asking him if he had a chance to speak with Bennett. “Missed the opportunity. Maybe tomorrow”.

    • Cormonster

      I’m 20 months in on my Chicago sports media ban and don’t miss it one bit. I get all my Bears news here. Occasionally I’ll hit on a link. I imagine I would have a much harder time if I lived by Chicago.

      • SC Dave

        What a fine plan.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/16/son-of-chicago-cop-home-from-college-to-surprise-his-sick-mom-killed-in-mistaken-identity-shooting/
    “Though it’s well known in the neighborhood that the elder Dennis, a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, worked for the Chicago Police Department, the superintendent said there is “absolutely no credibility” to the theory that Arshell was targeted because of his father’s occupation.”
    Sorry, I’m a believer in the most straightforward explanation being the right one. If a kid back from college out east is shot along with a friend on the porch of his parents’ house who happens to be a DEA agent in a neighborhood with LOW gun violence:
    A. The friend was involved in shit
    B. The Father and/or Son were a target because of the Dad’s job in the DEA/CPD
    Those are the two options. This was not a “mistaken identity” shooting. This was planned.

    • willbest

      Seconded.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        They were so quick to come out and say it was “mistaken identity”. WHEN it comes out that it was a planned there is going to be hell to pay.
        In my neighborhood and the surrounding areas the family cars of CPD are routinely vandalized. Gangs are actively plotting hits on police officers yet somehow this incredible circumstance is somehow just “mistaken identity”? Hell naw.

  • MB30SD

    I don’t think Jeff and I would get along in real life, this list is atrocious.

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    #7favTVshows

    ALF
    Twilight Zone
    The Wire
    Deadwood
    Jeopardy
    Match Game (original)
    Seinfeld

    • CanadaBear

      Jeopardy is the only one I’ve seen in years. And that’s just when flipping channels and nothing else is on before the news.

      • MB30SD

        Magnum p.i.

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      Maybe not the best but Twilight Zone, The Wire and Seinfeld are pretty much classics.

    • willbest

      It would take me an awful long time to create a list of my top 7 shows/movies. I just can’t real distinguish much of a difference between all the ones that have repeat value.

      • Sactowns#1

        Yeah, there’s a big difference between movies I can watch 100 times (Predator) and movies that really made an impact on me (Full Metal Jacket) or the film industry (Pulp Fiction).

    • AlbertInTucson

      Eye of the beholder.

      • MB30SD

        Correct

    • willbest

      Far more troubling than his TVshow list is that Dodgeball isn’t on his top 7 sports films list.

      • Sactowns#1

        Hmmm…can’t do it. Too many superior sports comedies. Slapshot, Kingpin, Happy Gilmore, Major League, all better movies.

    • Sactowns#1

      I have a hard time putting a show in the top 10 if the network/writers didn’t care enough to have an actual ending. I’m looking at you Deadwood! Although whats better, no ending or an ending which totally sucks like that of ALF? hmmm

      • Bender McLugh

        the movie is in the works…..can’t flippin WAIT for that

        • MB30SD

    • DaCoaches Mustache
      • MB30SD

        Holy fucking shit?!?!

        • CanadaBear

          So to speak!

          • MB30SD

            mmmm… yes… quite.

  • EnderWiggin

    Did I miss a link to the Des Moines program? A few weeks ago, Jeff asked us what we wanted from DBB: Those interviews on the radio were mentioned quite a bit.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Cutler, the Forgotten Man”.

    Forgotten by who?

    Certainly not this Blog and certainly not the Chicago media, which has already taken its shots at him and recently made the ludicrous (desperate?) move of reviving Bernie Lincicome and bring HIS sorry act back to town.

  • Sactowns#1

    How about worst sports movie? Only one rule, it must star a human. No cheating and using Francis the mule or Air Bud.
    I would have to nominate Johnny Knoxville in The RInger.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      All Disney type movies that features kids as the star, like Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield, Mighty Ducks, etc.

      • willbest

        What about the ones staring The Rock. Toothfairy and Game Plan?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          yep those suck too.

    • willbest

      Blades of Glory. Also Balls of Fury.

    • AlbertInTucson

      John Goodman’s “The Babe”.

      It makes William Bendix’ “THE BABE RUTH STORY” look like a classic.

      • Sactowns#1

        I like that John Goodman portrayed him as a mentally challenged teenager.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      All basketball movies except Hoosiers and White Men Can’t Jump. There might be another one or 2 out there that might be okay but for the most part they all suck.

      • Sactowns#1

        Good subtopic. Which sport has the worst movies? I would have to go with boxing followed by baseball.

        • willbest

          Not a fan of Rocky?

          ed. Raging Bull. That is 2 of the top 100 AFI films.

          • AlbertInTucson

            My favorite boxing movie: KID GALAHAD.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          not a baseball fan?? I thought there are a lot of good baseball movies.

          • AlbertInTucson

            My Baseball favorites:

            The Natural.
            Great job of capturing the feel of 1930s baseball. Redford actually played baseball in college so the ball playing was no stretch for him.

            Pride of the Yankees,
            Even tho Coop strains to look like a ballplayer.

            Angels In The Outfield.
            The original with Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn & James Whitmore.

            I like Field Of Dreams but I don’t think it’s really a “baseball movie”.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Other than Hoosiers, basketball movies generally suck.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            In fact, I’d say Above The Rim and Blue Chips are the only ones I can think of that weren’t incredibly terrible…and that’s because they had more than one ‘actor’ that could actually ball.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Field of Dreams, League of Their Own, The Natural, Bull Durham, Eight Men Out…for starters.
          WTF, Sac? I don’t even particularly like real baseball, but c’mon.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            that’s exactly what I thought too.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            The Sandlot
            Bad News Bears
            Major League
            ….

          • MB30SD

            Damn you, one upped me.

          • Sactowns#1

            Babe, Major League 2, Bad News Bears 2, Rookie of the Year, Ed, The Fan, that one where Magnum PI goes to Japan, Little Big League, The Benchwarmers. I can go on if you like….

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            a .500 average is not that bad, considering it’s Hollywood we’re talking about.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            And you’re thinking Mr. Baseball, I believe.

          • willbest

            Mr. Baseball was so awesome, that Cameron stole its script for the movie Avatar.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I dont think Mr. Baseball was bad.

          • MB30SD

            Sand lot!

            You’re killing me smalls

          • AlbertInTucson

            As I mention eslewhere, I don’t consider FIELD OF DREAMS a Baseball Movie Per se.

            Bull Durham is outstanding.

            “Anything that flies that far ought to have a stewardess on it.”

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve been to the Field of Dreams site in Iowa. Pretty cool if you like the movie.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And I DO like the movie.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re on a gravel road, come over the hill and there it is. Truly in the middle of hundreds of acres of corn/soybeans. When I went in the early 90’s one family owned the home and another family owned the ball field. They had competing concession stands and things were frosty between them. Soap opera Iowa style.

          • Cormonster

            Have you ever been to the Simon Estes Amphitheater in Des Moines? If so, how is the venue? Gonna go see Mule there next Tuesday.

          • CanadaBear

            Never been there. I have friends in D.M., I’ll ask them and get back to ya.

        • AlbertInTucson

          For good pro Football movies there’s NORTH DALLAS FORTY.

          Period.

          That’s it.

          That’s the list.

          • Governerd

            Not even the original The Longest Yard?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Good, for sure, but I consider that a Prison Movie.

          • MB30SD

            Stir. Crazy.

          • MB30SD

            Yes

          • little giants.

        • MB30SD

          Tin. Cup.

      • basketball diaries was pretty good. i also liked blue chips and above the rim.

    • willbest

      Oh right, the Bring it On series.

    • BearDown100393

      BASEketball

      • willbest

        You didn’t like Jenny McCarthy licking the chrome off a knob?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        +10000
        Love those guys (Cannibal ! The Musical was awesome) but that was terrible.

        • Cormonster

          Have you seen Orgazmo? That had some really funny parts in it.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    Floyd has a knee.
    Trevathan has a knee.
    Fuller has a knee.
    Royal has a brain.
    Miller has a lingering brain.

    • willbest

      So help me if we pay Royal 5 million to sit on a couch this season while letting Slauson go for being too expensive.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Given our past history of injuries at the WR position, I wouldn’t get too worried.

      • Slauson wasn’t cut for $$. He was cut because they didn’t want him starting but didn’t want to insult a respected veteran by putting him on the bench. It was a favor to him so he could find a better landing spot.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yeah, why start the guy who was your most consistent O-Lineman at 2 different positions in 2015?

          • willbest

            Because you are a toady and think your 3rd round pick last year and 2nd round pick this year deserve to start without seeing them in camp.

          • SC Dave

            Kinda have to go with this.

          • I’m not saying I agree with the decision, I’m just saying $$ wasn’t part of the decision. Just like it had nothing to do with getting rid of Marshall last year.

            For the record, I hated the Slauson cutting, and I hate it more now with the injuries/retirements. But I get the logic of wanting to build with your young guys. It’s a long-term approach that theoretically makes you better in the future but worse this year (though that gets undone if one of them goes down before the 1st preseason game like Grasu did).

          • MB30SD

            sure, but no one had a crystal ball and hindsight is always 20/20 right

          • AlbertInTucson

            I did not mean to imply you had endorsed or were endorsing the Saluson decision, professor, and I do recall you stood with the majority here that condemned it.

            As a matter of fact, I can’t recall ANYBODY here saying that WAS a good idea.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Building young by cutting Slauson and trading Marshall? Give me skilled players over choirboys. Look at the characters on the ’85 team Ditka kept in the same room. We can’t figure out a way for Jay and Brandon to grow up?

          • CanadaBear

            BMarsh got sent home from practice today. Just sayin’.

          • MB30SD

            Sigh. It’s not 85 any more yo. 3/4ths of that team would be suspended by now. Flag football these days.

        • Irish Sweetness

          A favor. What kind of GM hamstrings his team by doing a favor for an employee? More weakness. Another brainfart.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Alshon has a hammy. Again.

  • BearDown100393

    The Jets have excused Brandon Marshall from camp participation for a few days.

    • MB30SD

      cray cray

      • AlbertInTucson

        Imagine what he could have accomplished if he weren’t saddled with a damaged personality?

        • CanadaBear

          No kidding. When he’s right he plays as hard as anybody and is a good teammate. When he’s not, it’s chaos.

        • You’re about to get Jericho’d

          there is an incredible possibility that he wouldn’t have been as driven and dominant as he is unless he went through what he did. He can pretty much WILL himself to be dominant…until he loses his focus.

          • MB30SD

            the line between brilliance and insanity is very very fine canada.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I grant that is also a possibility.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Exactly what he’s accomplishing now. Last season he had, what, 109 balls,1500 yards, 14 TDs? He was badly mismanaged by this team. I am not a fan of Ryan Pace.

    • willbest

      We did that too one year so he could collect himself.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d

    I’m well aware of the practice squad heroes mindset but something inside me feels uncomfortable when we’re not running the Patriots quick fire offense yet we are stacked with tiny quick WR’s.
    The Colts just signed a converted WR/Safety/linebacker at 6’4 225 and cousin of Mohammed Sanu. From a physicality standpoint I’d rather have guys that can manhandle the opposition than needing to be the next Julian Edelman/Welker exception to the rule.

    • willbest

      We have White, Jeffery, and in 6-8 weeks Wilson. We aren’t exactly lacking for big guys outside.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        I like a guy like Cam Meredith. He’s still learning the position but at 6’3 210 he’s managed to stick with the team after coming on as an UDFA in 2015. I’ll settle for Bellamy because he is jacked but little guys don’t really do it for me.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t care what size they are if they are productive but usually the little guys aren’t all that productive.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            so for you it’s the motion of the ocean?

          • CanadaBear

            I’m extremely flexible.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            the last time we were in the playoffs we did not have a starting receiver over 6′

          • CanadaBear

            True enough but that didn’t work out so well. When I say little guys I’m thinking the 175 lb and under and usually about 5’8″ or so. I liked Johnny Knox but I never want to see a hit like that again. I’ve never seen it other than during that game. Ugh.

        • Johnnywad

          Bellamy has been getting behind the Patriots D for deep touchdowns the last two days according to Hub. Sounds like he’s on the 53.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Two good guys. Bellamy had a nice catch in traffic last week.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We don’t have AJ though – he’s been nursing a hammy/ Strike that, he’s been playing on a hammy. We were worried this would happen, and now it’s happened, and he’ll be carrying things all season now.

        We need to forget about Wilson. It seems like when Wilson was drafted in the 7th round, he got fans, for no reason. He has done nothing since his drafting, and is now injured. He’s gone.

        Now if we go to war with only White, Royal, Meredith, Bellamy, Braverman whoever ….. that is an unimpressive squad. If Kevin – God forbid – gets injured … it’s all over for this year as they stack the box against us.

        • CanadaBear

          You just said you like Meredith and Bellamy.

        • willbest

          Did you not watch the first preason game? Jeffery did everything he needed to do in that game, and fought for 3 extra yards dragging 2 guys in a meaningless game.

          The best thing you can say about White at this point is at least he didn’t try to pull a Hester and run it backwards on a bootleg and get tackled for a 3 yard loss which was his initial instinct before he decided to just plunge forward for the 2 they were going to give him.

  • willbest

    This was pretty funny

  • Doc Nitty

    Late to the party but, top seven sports movies:

    1. Rocky
    2. Rocky II
    3. Rocky III
    4. Rocky IV
    5. Rocky V
    6. Rocky Balboa
    7. Creed.

    • Doc Nitty

      But seriously….

      Rocky
      Warrior
      Major League
      Bull Durham
      Talladega Nights
      The Longest Yard (original)
      Everybody’s All-American

      • AlbertInTucson

        Everybody’s All-American was a not bad football flick.

        • Doc Nitty

          A great era piece. To be a football star in the fifties.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Anyone see 50 Cent in ‘All things fall apart’ ?
        Not a lot of football, but it wasn’t a bad flick. I was surprised.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So Alshon has a hammy.

    I can totally see him resting that and it not being a problem again this season.

    • CanadaBear

      He played last Thursday and his 12-yd rec was the offensive highlight of the night. (How sad is that?). He got into a fight yesterday in practice with Malcolm Butler. Try to keep up.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gah. Article marked August 4th! My bad.

        • CanadaBear

          I was wondering where that came from. Hope things are going well for you.

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  • Jim Wenhart

    This 2016 embarrassment of an OLine is going to have ignorant fans blaming Jay. I am not a Cutler apologist, but the Bears really did not do him any favors with Leno, Massie, Larson…..

    • CanadaBear

      I’m hoping it comes together. Stranger things have happened. Not gonna go off the deep end over an exhibition game but when the O scores more points for the other team (2 vs 0), it’s not a great look.

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