The next snap that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes will be his first postseason action since his Indiana 3A high school state championship for Heritage Hills High School. It’s no secret that first time quarterbacks can fold under the pressure of the playoffs.
Jay’s a playoff virgin and it’s up to this sometimes awkward, nervous, mistake-prone kid to lead the Bears to the promised land and it’s up to us to give him the advice any virgin needs their first time. Hit it after the jump.
Everyone’s been there before and nerves are to be expected. It’s OK. Take a deep breath and just relax.
Things will move faster than you’re used to the first time you really do it. Just slow it down and you’ll be fine.
Things can be pretty crazy out there, so you’d better use your protection. Hopefully your protection won’t let you down – the results can be catastrophic.
Do What Comes Naturally
There’s going to be a lot swirling around in your head and you might panic. It’s OK, just do what comes naturally.
Take What You Can Get
Don’t be greedy. You know, no means no. You might think you see an opening, but it may not be there. If you try to force it into a tight spot, you’re likely to end up taking an early cold shower.
A Quick Release is OK
You’ve been waiting for this for quite a while for this and you want to make a big play, but it’s OK to get rid of it quickly.
This is supposed to be fun, remember? Most importantly, enjoy yourself.
Get the Hell Out of There
When all else fails, run like hell.
Do you have any advice for our playoff virgin? Show us what you’ve got in the Comments section. It’s painless, really!
Have fun in the playoffs Jay. Hope you score often!! Say hi to Kristin for us! By the way, did I mention my new friends at SabreDesign yet? Awesome work on the poster!