Jay Cutler | QB | Chicago Bears
Posted: 5/16/2013 8:05am et
Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said he has been very impressed with QB Jay Cutler this offseason. "Very impressed with Jay," Cavanaugh said. 'Very impressed. He's borderline football brilliant. I think he gets it. I think he knows the game. I think he knows offensive schemes. I think he knows defenses." Cavanaugh said the coaches are open to listening to Cutler's ideas about the offense and that Cutler will have a say in the offense.
Huddle Up: Part of the reason Marc Trestman was brought in was to get the most out of Cutler, and Cavanaugh's addition to the staff furthers that agenda. If the coaching staff is taking suggestions from Cutler, that will go a long way towards keeping the famously dour Cutler happy. And a happy Cutler tends to be a productive Cutler.
Posted: 5/2/2013 1:09pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is happy to see the team's management made protecting their quarterback a priority after adding to the offensive line through free agency and with two draft picks. The team added OT Jermon Bushrod and OG Matt Slauson via free agency, and then picked OG Kyle Long with the 20th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft before selecting OT Jordan Mills in the fifth round. "(The coaching staff is) going to make sure everyone knows their assignments and we are protected," Cutler said in a radio interview.
Huddle Up: While Cutler isn't exactly a sympathetic figure, he does deserve better protection after being sacked 113 times in 40 games over the past 3 seasons -- the third highest total in the league over that span.
Posted: 12/14/2012 2:21pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said QB Jay Cutler's (knee) knee injury will not limit his mobility at all. 'None at all,' Smith said. 'He practiced without any trouble at all. He should be fine.'
Huddle Up: This is good news after fantasy owners got an alarming, surprising report of an MCL sprain for Cutler yesterday. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery should be relatively safe now, though Cutler has had a terrible history against the Packers.
Posted: 12/14/2012 12:08pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has a sprained MCL and should play in Week 15.
Huddle Up: What could go wrong for a gimpy quarterback on a cold surface behind a porous offensive line? If you haven't done so already, this would be a good time to start looking for a backup plan at quarterback this week.
Posted: 12/13/2012 10:32pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (neck, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.
Huddle Up: Cutler, who left in the second half of Week 14's loss to the Vikings, at least got in some work Thursday, but Friday will be the telling day for the QB.
Posted: 12/12/2012 7:10pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (neck, knee)would not have practiced Wednesday had the team done so.
Huddle Up: Cutler has said he expects to be ready to start this Sunday's showdown with the Packers, but it might be out of his hands if he can't get in some practice reps this week.
Posted: 12/11/2012 1:15pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (neck) said he should be ready to play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. His neck was tight and he received treatment Monday, Dec. 10, but the team doesn't think his injury is serious. Cutler said that his injury was not related to his head at all.
Huddle Up: Cutler's health has more of an effect on the reality of the Bears' postseason hopes than an impact on the fantasy playoffs as the QB currently ranks 24th among fantasy QBs with an average of 17.29 points per game (Huddle Performance scoring). And while Cutler may be slightly better than backup Jason Campbell for the fantasy values of the Bears' second and third receivers, No. 1 WR Brandon Marshall has shown he can produce no matter who's throwing the ball.
Posted: 12/9/2012 6:15pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler suffered a neck injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Week 14 game. Cutler remained in the game for a few more plays but then was replaced for the remainder of the contest by Jason Campbell.
Huddle Up: Cutler was 22-of-44 for 260 yards, a TD and a pick-6 interception before leaving as his neck stiffened. Campbell, meanwhile, was 6-of-9 for 64 yards and a late TD in the 21-14 loss. Cutler, who sat out Week 11 with a concussion, obviously will be evaluated this week.
Posted: 11/24/2012 4:59pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion) has passed all of his concussion tests and will be able to start Week 12.
Huddle Up: Good news for the rest of the Bears' offensive starters and even better news for Bears fans after seeing QB Jason Campbell and the offense overwhelmed in back-to-back losses to the Texans and Niners.
Posted: 11/24/2012 12:22am et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Friday, Nov. 23, that he hopes QB Jay Cutler (concussion) is cleared by an independent neurologist Saturday, Nov. 24, as required by NFL protocol. If so, Cutler will get the start in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Cutler is a step away from returning, and Bears fans have their fingers crossed after watching backup QB Jason Campbell and the offense struggle mightily in back-to-back losses to the Texans and the 49ers.
Posted: 11/23/2012 5:36pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said things are looking good for QB Jay Cutler (concussion) in terms of playing in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings. 'He has progressed, which we wanted him to do,' Smith said. 'It's looking good.' Cutler has to pass one final test by an independent neurologist Saturday, Nov. 24. Cutler practiced again Friday, Nov. 23, and was able to do more than the previous day. He's listed as questionable for this weekend.
Huddle Up: Great news for Bears fans and fantasy owners all around. Brandon Marshall wound up scoring a touchdown last week, but the rest of the skill players laid an egg. Part of it was the 49ers defense, but Jason Campbell did the offense no favors.
Posted: 11/22/2012 1:38pm et
The Chicago Bears expect QB Jay Cutler (concussion) to start in Week 12; however, he will be limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 22, according to sources.
Huddle Up: With backup Jason Campbell dealing with sore ribs from the beating he took Monday night vs. the 49ers, the Bears -- and Brandon Marshall's fantasy owners -- need Cutler back at the controls ASAP.
Posted: 11/21/2012 1:56pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion) reiterated Wednesday, Nov. 21, that he's not sure if he'll be able to play in Week 12 as he recovers from a concussion, but he hopes to practice Thursday, Nov. 22. 'I don't know, we'll see,' Cutler said. 'Going through the process, still a few things to go through this week and we'll see how it goes. Got to see some more doctors. Got to go out on the field and make sure you can exert yourself, and it's a personal thing making sure you feel OK.'
Huddle Up: Jay Cutler's backups have made him look really good in recent years. The Bears need him to come back sooner than later, but it looks like he might miss another week. Even if he is cleared to practice later this week, he will need to be cleared for contact before he can play. Keep an eye on his injury status on Friday.
Posted: 11/20/2012 5:37pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion) said he was feeling good Tuesday, Nov. 20. Cutler said there are still more things that need to be done for him to be cleared, but did not rule himself out for Week 12. "I feel good, I feel good ... as normal as can be,' Cutler. 'We're going through the process (of being cleared to return). I met with them on Monday morning, the doctor. I've got a few more hoops to jump through, so we'll see how it goes this week."
Huddle Up: Concussions are tricky business when it comes to predicting a return. The Bears clearly need Cutler back, though Jason Campbell was thrown into the fire after Cutler's injury. He remains a fringe QB1 when he does return.
Posted: 11/15/2012 10:12pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: That's 2 missed practices in 2 days for Cutler, increasing the likelihood that Jason Campbell will make his first Chicago start next Monday when the Bears visit the 49ers.
Posted: 11/15/2012 12:11pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was keeping tight wraps Wednesday, Nov. 14, on QB Jay Cutler's progress on his return from a concussion. Cutler was at the team's facility but the Bears chose not to practice. "Jay is getting better," Smith said. "I am not going to go into exactly each step he has taken and things like that, and I think you can understand why. We will be on the practice field (Thursday). We can give you a little bit better idea of where he is then." Cutler has suffered three concussions during his NFL career and at least four dating to his career at Vanderbilt. Smith added Cutler will not practice until he is completely healthy.
Huddle Up: The expectation is that Cutler will miss at least one game with his current concussion; his most recent concussion kept him out of the lineup for a game, and with concussions being a cumulative type of injury it's tough to see him coming back quicker this time. Expect Jason Campbell to get the start for the Bears this week against San Francisco.
Posted: 11/15/2012 1:14am et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said QB Jay Cutler (concussion) is 'getting better,' but he's still being evaluated.
Huddle Up: Positive sign to be sure, but Cutler's status is going to hinge on passing concussion tests this week.
Posted: 11/13/2012 10:25pm et
After reviewing Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's concussion in Week 10, the league determined that the team handled the situation with correct protocol. 'We had a break since the play was being challenged. Our trainers talked to him then. When I say concussion protocol, that's a part of it. It's not like he showed symptoms but we had a break in between. Our trainers talked to him, evaluated him, he was fine from there,' head coach Lovie Smith said. 'Players in the huddle didn't see anything wrong with him, at the time. Not just then, we just continued to talk to him all the way out, even through to halftime.'
Huddle Up: As usual, monitor Cutler's situation throughout the week, but keep in mind that the Bears don't play until Monday night as you'll likely need to have a clear answer on his status a day earlier.
Posted: 11/12/2012 3:41pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said he is not sure if QB Jay Cutler (concussion) will be able to play Week 11.
Huddle Up: Cutler has had multiple concussions in his career so there is some genuine concern here.
Posted: 11/12/2012 11:56am et
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said following Week 10 the team has not yet ruled out QB Jay Cutler for Week 11. "We're hopeful (that Cutler is available next week), but can't go that far," Smith said. "I just know he had symptoms, which started clearing up after the (first) half. But when a guy doesn't finish the game, you just have to go with that right now." QB Jason Campbell would start if Cutler is unable to play.
Huddle Up: The Bears let Cutler play a couple series after suffering the concussion, so why should it be surprising they'll run him back out there a week later? You saw Jason Campbell in the second half; if Cutler is able to clear whatever league-mandated hurdles the concussion diagnosis places in front of him, he'll be under center for Chicago. We should know midweek if Cutler is able to get past the league testing.
Posted: 11/11/2012 10:24pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler suffered a concussion late in the first half of Sunday night's Week 10 game against the Houston Texans. The Bears made the announcment just before the second half, and backup Jason Campbell took over for the remainder of the game.
Huddle Up: Cutler took a blow to the head on a hit that drew an unsportsmanlike flag, but it was little consolation for the Bears or Cutler's fantasy owners, who had to settle for the QB's poor first half (11-of-18, 64 yards, 2 picks) on a rain-soaked night in Chicago. Cutler did his best work on the ground, leading the team in rushing in the first half with 37 yards on 3 rushes.
Posted: 11/6/2012 1:23pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said the team hasn't discussed a contract extension with him yet, but he doesn't want to have those discussions during the season anyway. 'I don't want to do (an extension) during the year,' Cutler said on 'The Jay Cutler Show' on ESPN 1000. 'I did it during the year when I first got here, and it didn't work out that well, and I said I'd never do it again. After the year if they want to talk we can talk. If not, we'll play out the next year and see how it goes.' He's making $7.7 million base salary this year and is scheduled to receive $8.47 million next year in the final year of his current deal.
Huddle Up: The Bears are a robust 7-1 and the Cutler-Brandon Marshall connection has clicked for 7 TDs so far, but the QB still -- surprisingly -- currently ranks outside the top 20 QBs with 147 fantasy points (Huddle Performance scoring). That ties him with Browns rookie Brandon Weeden and puts him behind the Vikings' Christian Ponder and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. Keep that in mind before pulling the trigger on a late-season deal or automatically plugging Cutler in as a bye-week starter.
Posted: 10/24/2012 11:59pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ribs) doesn't even feel it a possibility he will sit in Week 8. 'I'm not concerned at all. I think Sunday, it'll be cleared up and I'll be fine,' Cutler said Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Huddle Up: It'll be a minor shock if Cutler doesn't play, but whether you'll see big fantasy numbers out of the QB is a whole other question. Expectations need to be downgraded for now.
Posted: 10/23/2012 7:14pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ribs) said he will be available for the team's Week 8 game. 'I know I'm not going to have any problems. I'll be good to go by Thursday.'
Huddle Up: Even though Cutler's Monday-night toughness wasn't reflected in his fantasy stats, he's scoring big-time points with his teammates and Bears fans.
Posted: 10/23/2012 12:18am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler finished 16-of-31 for 150 yards and a TD and added 34 rushing yards Monday night in a 13-7 Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: There was a question whether Cutler would return to the game after suffering bruised ribs on a sack late in a second quarter, but he played the entire second half and didn't commit a turnover in guiding the Bears to their fourth-straight win.
Posted: 10/22/2012 10:24pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler missed the Bears' final series of the first half after sustaining bruised ribs on a second-quarter sack. He was evaluated and treated at halftime, and returned for the opening series of the third quarter.
Huddle Up: No one was questioning the QB's toughness Monday night after he was driven hard to the ground on a sack by the Lions' Nudamukong Suh. Cutler already had thrown for a TD in the first half, leading the Bears to a 10-0 halftime lead.
Posted: 10/10/2012 12:55pm et
The Chicago Bears plan to use more of the no-huddle offense moving forward, according to offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Tice believes QB Jay Cutler has the ability to manage it well. '(Quarterbacks) try to operate the game plan,' Tice said. 'We did have some no-huddle the other day where we gave Jay some really, really good chances to do either/or, and I thought he did a great job with the no-huddle. We like him managing the no-huddle.' Do not expect the no-huddle to ever become the foundation of the offense, however.
Huddle Up: The no-huddle could lead to more fantasy points for Cutler for a couple of reasons. First, there should be more offensive plays run throughout the course of a game because the team will theoretically spend less time between plays. Second, it could help loosen up opposing defenses, who could be more susceptible to big plays from guys like Marshall and Forte.
Posted: 10/6/2012 7:30pm et
The Chicago Bears are 16-1 since QB Jay Cutler joined the team when they lead after the first quarter.
Huddle Up: Cutler is coming off a solid fantasy performance on Monday Night Football (275 yards, 2 TDs vs. Dallas) but overall, he hasn't been cutting it as a fantasy starter or top-level backup, ranking 23rd overall among fantasy QBs (Huddle Performance rankings). Cutler, though, is set up to have a nice stetch with the Jaguars, Lions, Panthers and Titans serving as the Bears' next four foes.
Posted: 10/2/2012 12:07am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was 18-of-24 for 275 yards and two TDs Monday night as the Chicago Bears beat the host Dallas Cowboys, 34-18. One of the TDs - - a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter -- went to WR Brandon Mardshall, who finished with 7 catches for 138 yards and the TD.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys had no answer for either player, particularly Marshall who caught 7 of the 8 passes thrown his way Monday night. The duo, reunited this season after the Bears dealt for Marshall in the offseason, have hooked up 23 times for 352 yards and a pair of scores this season.
Posted: 9/14/2012 12:53pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler had a rough outing during Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers. Cutler threw for just 126 yards while hitting 11 of 27 passes with one touchdown and four interceptions. Cutler was harassed all night by the Green Bay defense and was sacked seven times during the game.
Huddle Up: We should have seen this coming. Despite Jay Cutler's fantastic Week 1, he has been terrible at Lambeau his entire career. It probably didn't help that he taunted the Green Bay secondary before the game. Cutler should bounce back, as he always seems to after an abysmal performance.
Posted: 9/13/2012 11:56pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was 11-of-27 for 126 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions in the team's 23-10 loss to the host Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Huddle Up: Lambeau Field has been a true house of horrors for Cutler, who fell to 0-3 all-time at the venue. In the 3 contests, Cutler has completed less than 50 percent of his passes (49-of-102) and has thrown five times as many picks (10) as TD passes (2). To be completely fair, he hasn't had a whole lot of help from this offensive line as he has been sacked 15 times in the 3 games, including a whopping 7 Thursday night.
Posted: 8/15/2012 8:05pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte will play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18. Neither played in the team's first preseason game.
Huddle Up: To be clear there are no injury issues here -- just worries over the Solider Field conditions last week after heavy rains fell before Chicago's home game against the Broncos. Forte has a shiny new deal, and Cutler has some new toys to play with, including his old Denver running-mate, WR Brandon Marshall. Don't be surprised if Cutler's and Forte's fantasy numbers take a noticeable leap this season.
Posted: 8/14/2012 8:00pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is confident the team's offensive line will be adequate this season despite allowing six sacks in the preseason game against the Denver Broncos last week. 'They're going to be fine,' Cutler said. 'Protection-wise, we're going to do what we have to to protect myself or whoever's in there. If we have to keep eight in there, if we have to keep nine in there, that's what we're going to do. We're not going to put those guys in positions where they're going to fail or I'm going to get hit.' Cutler will play in the team's exhibition Saturday, Aug. 11, after sitting out the preseason opener last week.
Huddle Up: Cutler did a nice job of not throwing his teammates under the bus, but everyone in the Windy City knows the Bears' offensive front needs to be better, preseason or not. A year ago, Chicago ranked 31st in the percentage of QB sacks allowed, and Cutler only lasted 10 games. This season, the Bears have upgraded the offense, adding WR Brandon Marshall and RB Michael Bush, but all will be for naught if the offensive line can't hold its blocks.