It was another brutal and disappointing season for the Chicago Bears. For the second year in a row the team has choked when given the opportunity to make the playoffs by winning one of its last two games.
Yet, only a day after the loss, the fact the Bears will not be in the playoffs is old news. What everyone wants to know now is whether or not free agent quarterback Jay Cutler will be a Bear next season.
The question of whether or not to re-sign Cutler became more interesting after backup quarterback Josh McCown put up extraordinary numbers while Cutler was injured. All of a sudden, some loud fans were calling for McCown to start in front of Cutler. Some even supported the ridiculous proposal of releasing Cutler and making McCown the starter next season.
The McCown-Cutler debate had always been without merit because it laid blame for the team’s disappointing season on its eighth-ranked offense, not its NFL-worst defense.
What McCown supporters either won’t tell you or don’t know, is that McCown only had a 3-2 record when he was the starting signal-caller. Even with McCown’s great numbers (12 touchdowns, 1 interception, 1,829 yards, and a 109.0 quarterback raing), the Bears still only managed to be one game over .500 with him at quarterback, with key losses to the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings.
Why was that the case? It’s not because McCown didn’t play well enough. He most certainly did, but the Bears’ defense was so awful and gave up an average of 29.9 points per game, it didn’t matter how well McCown played.
The Bears had to score 30-plus points to win almost every game. That’s unrealistic for any NFL offense to do week after week even one with the weapons Chicago has.
Besides, it’s not like Cutler didn’t show up or performed poorly against the Packers last Sunday or even had a terrible season. Sure, his interceptions are still be a bit too high and his quarterback rating is mediocre, but he performed well enough to make the playoffs, and the Bears definitely would’ve made the playoffs if their defense wasn’t the NFL’s worst.
Fans and analysts blame Cutler for the Bears’ woes because he’s an easy target, but it shows they don’t actually watch the games. Re-signing Cutler should be a no-brainer.