Good news is hard to come by for Chicago Bears fans and it definitely didn’t come Wednesday afternoon. Jay Cutler addressed the press this afternoon about the status of his injured thumb that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season.
Bear fans were still hopeful Cutler would return for the playoffs if the Bears were able to make it, but Cutler himself didn’t sound too optimistic about that possibility.
“Obviously I would want to play next week if they let me, but I don’t think that’s going to be in the cards. It could be [that] I’m done for the season,” Cutler said.
The Bears’ season isn’t over, not even close, but a loss to Oakland last week has put some doubt into fans’ heads. And now news that even if the Bears do make the playoffs, Cutler possibly wouldn’t be able to play, is a nail in the coffin for fans who hoped the Bears could possibly go deep into the playoffs.
I do like Caleb Hanie and consider him to not be that bad as quarterback when it comes to being a second string, but I highly doubt he has or will show the skill to lead this Chicago team into the playoffs.
The situation just sucks. There’s no other way to explain it. The Bears surprised me, especially the offense, this season. For once in a few years, I was excited and legitimately thought the Bears would be able to give the Packers a run for their money.
On the positive side, the Bears do not have a tough schedule ahead of them. They play Kansas City next week, followed by Denver, Seattle, Green Bay, and then they finish the season with Minnesota.
All of those games, except maybe for the Green Bay game, are winnable for the Bears. It also helps that the two other teams fighting for a wild card spot- Lions and the Giants -aren’t playing that well, both losing in their last week’s game.
A berth in the playoffs is not that far off and is actually quite possible. Still, I don’t have that same excitement I did two weeks ago when the Bears were flying high with a five game win streak and seemed to be on top of the world.
Now, the tides have completely turned and Green Bay and New Orleans look like the two sole teams that have the best chances to take the NFC title.
I couldn’t have said it any better, Cutler.