Jay Cutler | QB | Chicago Bears
Posted: 3/26/2015 11:28pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Huddle Up: Having an open competiion is perfectly understandable given Cutler's continued and maddening inconsistency nine seasons into his career, but Clausen isn't exactly the most threatening of threats with 11 starts, five TDs, 10 interceptions and a 60.2 rating so far in his five-year career.
Posted: 3/26/2015 4:55pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'
Huddle Up: We'll see what Fox and new OC Adam Gase can do with Cutler, who threw a league high-matching 18 interceptions and lost six fumbles but did notch Chicago career-highs with 3,812 passing yards and 28 TDs.
Posted: 3/11/2015 8:55pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
Huddle Up: Couldn't find a taker, or maybe a replacement they felt was an upgrade, so Cutler returns to a Bears offense that gave away Brandon Marshall in the offseason. That alone could lead to more "I just ate a lemon" expressions from Cutler this season.
Posted: 3/10/2015 1:59pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is fully expected to be the starting quarterback in 2015, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking. One source was adamant that there was 'absolutely zero truth' to recent reports that Cutler was being actively shopped for a potential trade.
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, here's betting the Bears and their new regime weren't exactly bowled over by any of the offers they received for Cutler -- and with no suitable Plan B in place anyway -- they'll forge ahead with the up-and-down QB.
Posted: 3/7/2015 10:29am et
If the Chicago Bears decide to try and trade QB Jay Cutler, one NFL source said Friday, March 8, that the Tennessee Titans are the only realistic destination in terms of a trade. If Cutler is on the roster Thursday, March 12, a $10 million guarantee for 2016 kicks in.
Huddle Up: Cutler played his college ball in town for Vanderbilt, and the Titans aren't exactly rock-solid at the quarterback position with Zach Mettenberger atop their depth chart. If the Bears are giving Cutler away at the same rock-bottom price they sold off Brandon Marshall, it's above that makes sense for Tennessee--and immediately helps the fantasy prospects of Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
Posted: 3/5/2015 10:47pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's contract is a concern, with the $10 million he's due for 2016 becoming fully guaranteed in one week.
Huddle Up: It was reported Thursday, March 5 by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that if Cutler is on the Bears' roster at the start of the new league year next Tuesday, that $10 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed, meaning the team and the new coaching regime headed by John Fox will be staring at a two-year commitment to the QB. To that end, "teams certainly know that Cutler is available," Rapoport reported Thursday, but if they want to move him they have to find a buyer for his hefty contract which starts with $15.5 million in 2015 guarantees. In short, the Bears have a lot on their plates, but we should definitely have a good idea within a week as to what their QB plans are.
Posted: 1/25/2015 10:32pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'
Huddle Up: Loggains and new OC Adam Gase are the latest -- and possibly last -- chances to make something out of Cutler's Windy City career. The QB looked to be on track after his first year under former coach Marc Trestman in 2013 but regressed this past season.
Posted: 12/30/2014 2:13am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's fate will be determined by the team's next general manager and head coach, according to team president Ted Phillips.
Huddle Up: With the Bears' regime gone, the new staff will have an opportunity to decide if they want to proceed with Cutler or start over with their own quarterback. In Chicago Cutler would still be a viable fantasy option given the talent around him; elsewhere would be a bit more risky of a proposition.
Posted: 12/19/2014 12:27am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler hopes to stay with the team beyond the 2014 season. Cutler signed a seven-year, $126.7 million extension a few months ago and was benched Wednesday, Dec. 17, in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.
Huddle Up: After missing out on the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the Bears appear headed for an off-season of upheaval, and there will likely be a whole new regime calling the shots. Cutler's fate is most certainly up in the air, and he's put himself there with a poor 2014 performance.
Posted: 12/17/2014 7:19pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Amazingly, it probably won't make a big difference. The Bears offense was awful with Cutler under center Monday night and it will likely be awful Sunday against Detroit. The team has given up and Marc Trestman can't be fired soon enough for Bears fans. The Lions are a Top 3 fantasy defense this week.
Posted: 12/9/2014 12:39am et
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he supports QB Jay Cutler, but he also said that he doesn't understand why the team's offense has been so out of sync this season.
Huddle Up: While usually playing catch-up due to the Bears' porous defense, Cutler has certainly been under pressure, but that doesn't completely explain the team's offensive regression or his league-leading 21 turnovers. Despite the support of his longtime teammate, it very well could be an interesting offseason for Cutler and the Bears.
Posted: 12/5/2014 11:23pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season as long as he is healthy, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Huddle Up: The Bears really have no other place to turn and it's not like Cutler is Chicago's only problem. As far as fantasy goes, Cutler will be a low-end QB1 option next week against New Orleans.
Posted: 11/10/2014 5:12pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will not be benched at this point but does need to play better, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Huddle Up: Cutler is a big part of the problem in Chicago but he's far from the only issue. The Bears are a sinking ship right now and it's doubtful just a QB change can save their season. Beyond Cutler's struggles, the offensive line isn't blocking and the defense is a mess. Marc Trestman is living on borrowed time.
Posted: 7/11/2014 5:24pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler believes he's more familiar with second-year head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said he should be able to think less and play faster now that he's become more acquainted with concepts and formations.
Huddle Up: Cutler put up solid fantasy numbers despite being limited by injury last season. With the same offense, the same cast of receivers, and an improving offensive line he's poised for even more--especially if he's thinking less.
Posted: 6/29/2014 2:21pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has made tremendous strides cleaning up his fundamentals this offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. 'I've seen incredible progress,' Cavanaugh said. 'When we got in here last year & evaluated him we had a real good conversation with him about certain things that every quarterback should do. We said, 'Jay it might not be natural, but we want you to try it.' And he did. 'To his credit, he's taken every suggestion we've given and he's embraced it. From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the`Gun pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental weï¿½ve talked to him about, he's embraced, and it's like night & day.'
Huddle Up: It seems as if Cutler is a perennial tease only to usually wind up in QB2 territory, but don't let him fall too far in your draft. If he can play close to a full season -- he missed 5 games a year ago -- with the weaponry he has in the Windy City, he's a legit threat to crack the top 10. Doubt it? Just add his numbers with those of backup Josh McCown last season and see where that lands in the fantasy QB ranks.
Posted: 6/10/2014 7:19pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said QB Jay Cutler has made his durability a priority this offseason, and the quarterback has become bigger and stronger as a result. 'He's bigger, he's stronger than a year ago, and he has really focused on staying physically well for the entire season. That's No. 1 -- we've got to keep him standing, keep him safe. And we see the improvements he's made in working on different issues in his mechanics, and I think he's feeling very comfortable back there in Year 2,' Trestman said.
Huddle Up: Staying healthier is a must for Cutler, who's missed a combined 12 starts over the past 3 seasons. And if he does, he has the supporting cast to make a real fantasy splash.