September 20, 2012 |
Jay Cutler had a rough game last week against Green Bay - his 28.2 passer rating was the second worst of his Bears career. But the NFL has a short memory, and you're only as good (or bad) as your last game. What will Bears fans be saying Monday? RedEye takes a look at some of Cutler's worst games as a Bear and his follow-up performances. THE BAD WEEK 2009, Week 1: Green Bay 21, Bears 15 Rating: 43.2 The Jay Cutler Hype Machine began in September 2009 with a nationally-televised loss to the Packers.
October 28, 2012 |
Every week, NFL teams' toughness is examined. Even though the Bears looked like one of the best teams in the league and were playing struggling Carolina on Sunday, question marks remain. How would the Bears play after a short week? Were Jay Cutler's sore ribs feeling OK? Could Cam Newton recover from general ineptitude? As it turns out, a Robbie Gould field goal as time expired was enough to boost the NFC North-leading Bears to 6-1. "To get out with a 'W,' we're happy, but anytime you win there's things to improve on, just like a loss, so we've got to keep getting better," said Cutler, who was booed several times by the Soldier Field crowd.
December 29, 2013 |
It could have been Chicago's dream come true: Winning a division title at the expense of its hated rival and earning a home playoff game next week. Yet the city got its worst nightmare: the Packers celebrating yet another huge victory in Chicago, and the Bears going home for the winter. The soul crusher came with 38 seconds remaining. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in his first game back from a broken collarbone, found Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-8.
November 21, 2011 |
Jay Cutler could kick your ass. Let's just get that out of the way. He's an NFL quarterback, paid very well to stay in peak physical shape, and unless you're a war vet or cancer survivor, he's probably dealt with a hell of a lot more pain than you. After watching the beating he's taken on gamedays recently (sacked 75 times since the start of 2010, more than anyone on Earth), you'd think every Bears fan would respect Cutler's ability to play through pain. The man did indeed tear his MCL in the NFC Championship game in January, even if you heard from a friend of a friend who works for the Bears that "he was totally faking it. " Shut up. On Sunday he broke his thumb attempting to tackle a Charger during an interception return--a pick that's far more the Soldier Field Turfmonster's fault than Johnny Knox's or Cutler's.
November 22, 2011 |
Welcome to Blackout Wednesday, sports fans. The day we all return to our hometown roots, drink ourselves into oblivion and wake up Thanksgiving morning with no recollection of what happened the night before. Well, at least that's what I do. While you're trying to piece together the events of the night before as you choke down dry turkey and stuffing, count your blessings if your alcohol-fueled celebration completely erased these terrible Chicago sports events from your memory.
November 24, 2011 |
This is the one weekend of the year I like to pause and give thanks for what we have in our lives, but that's not happening this year. It's not happening because the football gods have dealt me another blow. The second in my lifetime, in fact. Mid-1980s. The Bears were phenomenal. One hitch. You know it. The QB. Couldn't get it straight. McMahon, Tomczak, Fuller, Flutie, Harbaugh, Landry, Payton. (Yes, him! Look it up! 1984.) And now this. Again. Playoff team, everything seems to be clicking, defense and special teams kicking butt and Jay Cutler hurt … the thumb.
November 28, 2011 |
We're poised to learn a lot about the guy pulling the strings for the Bears. I'm not talking about Caleb Hanie and his mediocre quarterbacking skills. (He's a backup for a reason, people. A better-than-average backup capable of winning a few games, but a backup nonetheless.) No, I'm talking about Jerry Angelo. With Jay Cutler out, the home stretch of this season will be the general manager's saving grace or his last hurrah. A 7-4 record in a tepid NFC should be enough of a head start for a team with enough talent to make the playoffs.
December 6, 2011 |
I'm trying hard to find a way to feel good about Sunday's Bears-Tebows game after the recent "football game loss" to Kansas City. I couldn't help but feel a sense of déjà vu, and I realized that we had indeed been here before in the Lovie Smith era. I'm not even sure The K.C. Masterpiece Game (note: nickname is ironic) ranks in the bottom five. Try to un-repress the memories of these stink bombs: The Holy Crap, I Just Watched Our Quarterback Die On TV Game 2010 at N.Y. Giants Remember this game?
January 2, 2012 |
A lot can happen in 12 months. Just ask Chicago sports teams. As the city ushered in a new year over the weekend, the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox found themselves in much different shape than a year ago at this time. Consider the following. Bears Remember the excitement a year ago this week? The Bears had just finished an 11-5 season and headed into the playoffs with fans thinking Super Bowl. Of course, Green Bay ended that dream in the NFC championshilp game.
February 7, 2012 |
Excuse Bears fans for getting a little excited Tuesday. The news that the Bears had hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach was welcomed with mostly open arms. Why? Because Bates worked with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Denver from 2006 to '08. "I'm very excited to be working with Jeremy Bates again," Cutler said on the team's website. "We got the right guy for the job. "He's a grinder. He's a guy that's going to work extremely hard to find weaknesses in defenses and he's going to be able to present it to us in a way that we understand and will be able to make plays where we can take advantage of those weaknesses.