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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Wed Dec 17): For the second straight week, Cutler had to rely on garbage time to put up numbers. He has been an acceptable to good start since the Bears started disintegrating, but the rival Lions defense might not let up this week, so Cutler becomes even riskier.

General News (Thu Dec 18): was benched just for this week against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Cutler will be active and serve as the backup in Week 16. "We're not playing well enough at the quarterback position on a consistent basis," Trestman said.

General News (Thu Dec 18): Jay Cutler has been benched for this week's game. Jimmy Clausen will get the start.

Week 16: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Everyone who watched the Bears play on Monday Night Football this week saw how unmotivated and generally poorly Jay Cutler is playing right now - he got spammed by the Saints' pass rushers for seven sacks totaling -41 yards, and hit another seven times for good measure. His passes were off-target for a good portion of the evening, leading to 17/31 for 194 yards passing, with three interceptions and two late, cheap TDs after New Orleans was in prevent mode (up 24-0 at the end of the third quarter). Marquess Wilson did snag a TD after being catapulted into the starting lineup due to Brandon Marshall's season-ending ribs injury (five targets for 3/16/1 receiving for Wilson), and Martellus Bennett handled six for 4/36/0 during the game. Alshon Jeffery got a last-minute TD to salvage his fantasy outing (nine for 4/78/1), but the malaise of the playing-out-the-string Cutler infected the entire passing attack which looked lethargic and apathetic for much of the game. Uh oh, Bears' fans. The Lions' pass D allowed 31/48 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -24 yards) back on Thanksgiving Day three weeks ago - since then, Josh McCown has slung 20/39 for 207 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (taking six sacks for -43 yards) and Teddy Bridgewater threw 31/41 for 284 net yards, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks taken for -41 yards) lsat week. As you can see, attacking Detroit is generally done in this phase of the game - the Lions do not shut down opposing passers they way they do opposing rushers, but they do generate a lot of turnovers (Detroit is tied for second in the NFL with 19 interceptions to their credit this year). Chicago looked so bad on Monday Night Football that we're calling this a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 vs TB 17 27 130 1 0 0 0 0 1
13 at DET 31 48 280 2 2 1 -1 0 0
14 vs DAL 32 46 341 2 1 2 9 1 0
15 vs NO 17 31 194 2 3 1 20 0 0
16 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DET (31 / 48 / 280 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Against the Lions, Cutler was the same guy you've come to know and love all season long. High ceiling, low floor. The Chicago Bears' quarterback threw for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, on 48 throws, though! That's too many throws when Matt Forte is lurking in the backfield, who only received five carries on the day, which is one reason why Cutler was unable to move the ball downfield. It might be time to stick Cutler on your bench and forget about him. Cutler, despite throwing for 740 yards and six touchdowns in the past three games, is as much of a liability as he is an asset. In that same stretch of games, Cutler also has five total turnovers (four INTs, one fumble lost). With that in mind, you must now know that starting Cutler puts you in a hole from the start. You have to dig yourself out of negative turnover points just to get where some of the less-exciting quarterbacks might fall on your list of potential starters.

2014 Week 14 vs DAL (32 / 46 / 341 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 1 rush)

It's really hard to tell what kind of performance you're going to get these days from Jay Cutler. If you watched Thursday night's game, you saw a different version of Cutler in the second half than in the first. Playing from behind, the Bears' quarterback was stepping into throws, firing the ball on target where it needed to go (despite his late interception). Cutler performs better when head coach Marc Trestman's play-calling allows for it. Too often the Bears have become one-dimension, in the form of short passes without running the ball, for a quarterback to have any sort of success. Even though Cutler hasn't been able to lead the Bears to victories this season, he's been able to put up a few decent games. He threw for 341 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while completing 70 percent of his passes on 46 attempts. There are worse quarterbacks for have on your team, judging by numbers only. Unfortunately, though, Cutler's job is about to become a lot more difficult, as No. 1 wide receiver Brandon Marshall is out for the season after suffering two broken ribs and a serious lung injury against the Cowboys.

2014 Week 15 vs NO (17 / 31 / 194 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

The 2014 NFL season continues to get worse for Jay Cutler after another very, very disappointing performance. Before the final drive of the third quarter, Cutler had completed just 9-of-19 passing for 87 yards with three interceptions. After that point, when the Bears trailed 24-0, he completed 8-of-12 passes 107 yards with two touchdowns. What that means is Cutler is good in garbage time, when the defense plays to not get beat over the top, leaving the entire middle of the field wide open for the quarterback to move the ball sideline to sideline. Look, the Bears offense is broken, every which way you look at it. There's no balance. The play-calling has been bad. Cutler leads the league in turnovers, as he's now thrown six interceptions in the last three games. Given the circumstances surrounding the Bears organization right now, it's hard to see Cutler playing well in the final two games of the season.

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Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler wants to stay in Chicago (Thu Dec 18, 07:34 PM) - 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.

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Bears | Jay Cutler to start next week? (Thu Dec 18, 04:02 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was benched just for this week against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Cutler will be active and serve as the backup in Week 16. 'We're not playing well enough at the quarterback position on a consistent basis,' Trestman said.

Our View: Benched "for just this week" sounds a lot like "we'd like to move on now please" as there is no purpose we can see for benching Cutler unless the Bears want off the roller coaster. Jimmy Clausen gets the start but he shouldn't be in your lineups as he is barely a QB3.
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Bears | Jay Cutler benched this week (Wed Dec 17, 06:34 PM) - 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.

Our View: Should anyone be surprised? Cutler has phenomenal natural talent, but even Jeff George thinks he needs to play better. Cutler is a lot like George--big arm, big attitude, gets coaches fired, and never plays up to his potential. This move could be a last-ditch desperation move by Marc Trestman so he can keep his job as the head coach. We had high hopes for Trestman when he took over in Chicago, but he's been held back by Cutler's play. Oh yeah, it didn't help the Bears extended Cutler's contract in January of 2014 either. What a mess.
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Bears | Jay Cutler's time ticking? (Sat Dec 13, 05:49 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's time as the starting quarterback could be ticking, in the opinion of NationalFootballPost.com's Jason Butt. The Bears promoted QB David Fales to the 53-man roster Saturday, Dec. 13.

Our View: Bears fans may have this at the top of their wish list right now. However, Cutler just signed a $126 million contract in January of 2014. Coming up in 2015, there's still $19.5 million in dead money left on his deal. There's no way they'll just dump Cutler, but there's a small chance they could trade him away....provided there's a team who wants to take on that deal. It's a mess right now, but we think Cutler stays in Chicago. We're not so sure head coach Marc Trestman gets another shot next year.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall talks Jay Cutler (Tue Dec 9, 03:59 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall recently said he would have buyer's remorse regarding the team paying QB Jay Cutler a seven-year, $126 deal. However, Marshall did add that the blame for the Bears' offensive struggles doesn't solely lie on Cutler's shoulders. 'It doesn't always fall on him. I guess that's why those guys are the highest paid players out there. Because when you win and everything is going good, they get all the glory. And when it's bad, they take more [blame] than what they should take.'

Our View: Marshall is going to stand up for his guy. These two have had a close relationship dating back to when they started their pro careers with the Denver Broncos.
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Schedule

16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings