Projecting the Chicago Bears Starting 11: Offense

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Jay Cutler, QB

Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

You know him, you love him, you love to hate him.  He’s our friend and yours, Jay Cutler.  There might not be a more polarizing figure in all of sports, or maybe that’s just easy for me to say because I follow the Bears.  Lets just say he’s the most polarizing guy on this team; that seems to be a safe statement.

Let me get something out of the way once and for all so the BGO readers know where I stand.  Jay is my guy and has been ever since he came to town.  My undying love has definitely been put to the test several times, with maybe this last year being the toughest, but he still has everything we could want out of a starting quarterback.  The question, as always, is can he put it all together?

None of us know the answer to that and I’m sure there are widely varying opinions on the topic, but what I would expect we can all agree on is for 2015 our best hope is Jay.  Jimmy Clausen is a serviceable backup and won’t bring back horrid visions of Caleb Hainie should he ever be pressed into action, but the possibility of a playoff run or any kind of significant success rests on the right arm of our boy Cutty.

I’m interested to see what Shane Carden and David Fales can do, but let’s be realistic.  This is still Jay’s show.  It’s still his job to lose.  He still has the opportunity to do something great and be a legend in the Windy City.

If his play ever manages to be on par with his lettuce for any length of time, we’re absolutely looking at his first trip to the Pro Bowl since his Denver days.  Between that impressive coif and a steady display of body language which tends to get certain ex-players-turned-analysts all bent out of shape, Jay Cutler is a guy that is hard to look away from.  The hope, of course, is that we’re looking at him for all the right reasons.

For another year I’m riding with Jay and so is the Bears offense.  The guy lining up in the backfield with him is up next.

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