If former coaches Mike Ditka and Tony Dungy aren’t dogging him, someone else is. The bulls eye was squarely on Jay Cutler’s back as KC Joyner was stirring it up. In a recent online chat, he fielded a number of Jay Cutler questions:
"Alex (Chicago,IL)How well do you think Jay Cutler will do with the Bears this year?KC Joyner(4:10 PM)I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again – Cutler will make Bears fans remember Rex Grossman. He’ll make just as many crazy passes but won’t suffer the Grossman fate because Chicago’s fan base is so in love with him that they will forgive the nutty throws he makes in ways that they never forgave Grossman."
A while later, Ryan from San Diego picked up the Cutler topic again and Joyner was quick to throw a few shots at the fans.
"Ryan (San Diego)Denver fans still defending Jay I see. Did they not witness that epic collapse at the end of last year? I mean the guy threw 2 picks in the red zone against the Bills in week 16 to lose at HOME. BlindnessKC Joyner (4:41 PM)You know what really bothers me about Cutler? The idea that fans can’t comment on him in a non-emotional manner. Every Bears fan thinks he is the next coming of Jim McMahon. When I point out that he has performance issues and that Grossman had those same issues, they just go overboard instead of saying “Hey, that’s a good point, can he improve in that area?”"
Did anyone think that Jay is the next coming of Jimmy Mac? I was actually hoping that Cutler is the second coming of Jesus Christ. They’ve got the same initials, right?
Finally, Paul from Denver pushes back at KC and he goes and throws stats into the argument.
"Paul (Denver)KC- great job alienating an entire fanbase. I can guarantee you you’re in the minority when you compare Grossman with Cutler. It’s quite embarrassing and ridiculous. He’s only 25, and as a Bear fan we’re quite aware he has plenty of room to improve.KC Joyner(4:59 PM)Paul, I’m basing my Cutler comments on three seasons of Denver tape breakdowns. He’s a huge risk-taker and that equates to about 1 in 20 of his passes being an int or near int because of a mistake on his part. He’ll win games in the Windy City and when he does, I’ll hear it from Bears fans. I just want to hear from those same fans when his risk-taking costs the team a big game (and I’ll all but guarantee that will happen)."
I appreciate that KC broke down a ton of tape on Cutler to arrive at his conclusions. I didn’t know that a ‘near int’ was an actual statistic. How many near int’s did Peyton Manning throw last season? Who led the league in ‘near int’s?’ I think Kyle Orton led the league in ‘near TD’s’ last season. If he had only thrown those balls a bit deeper when Hester was wide open, they’d have gone for 6. Ridiculous!