QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears
|6-4, 225||Born: 4-29-1983||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
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2015 Week 17 vs DET (17 / 23 / 245 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The idea of saving your best for last doesn't really apply to Jay Cutler. The Bears' quarterback managed to go 15 games without throwing multiple interceptions in the same game -- a feat he blew out of the water in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Lions. Now, the loss definitely does not fall on Cutler's shoulders. The quarterback did about as much as he could given the lack of offensive talent on the field. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Averaging 10.7 yards per pass by throwing to unknowns like Josh Bellamy, Cameron Meredith, Marc Mariani (better known for his PR duties) and Deonte Thompson. Surprisingly, the offensive game plan seemed to be more open against the Lions than in recent weeks, when Cutler found himself throwing most of his passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. This was not the case Sunday, as Adam Gase certainly showed more depth during a time when his team had very little to show. Not much else to discuss here. Take away the three interceptions from Cutler and the box score looks pretty nice. It looks like a version of Cutler the Bears might want to bring back next season.
2015 Week 16 vs TB (20 / 27 / 156 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
The Chicago Bears' offense resembled former versions of itself in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you didn't know it, you might have thought Marc Trestman still was calling the plays. The Bears played it tight to the line of scrimmage against the Buccaneers. Jay Cutler completed 20-of-27 passes for 156 yards (5.78 yards per pass) and a touchdown. Without Alshon Jeffery on the field, Cutler played like he was told to manage the team down the field. You can count on one hand the number of Cutler passes that traveled longer than 10 yards in the air -- the same thing could have been said after many Trestman-coached games. Given the circumstances of being without his top wide receiver for the sixth time this season, Cutler played very well. "It's difficult, especially against a defense like this,'' Cutler said of playing without Jeffery. "They're going to be in a lot of Cover-2. So we knew going into this game it was going to kind of be dink and dunk.'' Cutler has a history of veering outside the game plan against teams that can be exploited. This is being brought up because we're seeing a new version of Cutler -- a version that potentially could be a viable quarterbacking option in 2016. "I've practiced against this defense enough, and you just have to have that (mindset) going into it,'' Cutler said after Sunday's win. "And the play-caller has to do a good job of putting you in those positions that Adam did of not getting greedy and just saying, 'Hey, we're going to be methodical. If it gets boring, it gets boring. That's how we have to do it.' '' It definitely was boring. Thirty-nine run plays, screen passes, bubble screens and short routes run by Zach Miller and Eddie Royal only can get someone so excited. Changing gears for a second: the rapport Cutler is developing with Miller should be noted as we move closer to next season. With Martellus Bennett likely on his way out of town, management could look at the Cutler-Miller relationship and something to build on next season.
2015 Week 15 vs MIN (26 / 37 / 231 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Just when you think Jay Cutler has turned the corner on his turnover problem, he's guilty of a bad interception and an inopportune fumble. Looking at the game as a whole, Cutler didn't play terribly. The offensive line play in front of him was horrid, allowing five sacks and another big hit on Cutler. That didn't help -- at all. Making matters worse, Cutler didn't do the best job of feeling the pressure. One of Cutler's best attributes is his ability to use his legs when he feels pressure. Sadly, he wasn't too successful feeling the pressure against the Vikings. Cutler ended up completing 26 of 37 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and the aforementioned interception. Despite the decent numbers, Cutler never was able to get momentum on his side. The Bears received the ball to open the game. On the game's very first play, Matt Forte broke free for a 35-yard run, only to be called back due to a Hroniss Grasu holding penalty. Two plays later, facing a second-and-long, Cutler was sacked for an eight-yard loss. Then, to open the second half, after the Bears recovered a Robbie Gould onside kick, Cutler was on the wrong end of a sack-fumble, which ended a drive that started with great field position. The 38-17 blowout loss should not fall on Cutler's shoulders, though. Not only did the offensive line leave him hang out to dry, Cutler received little help from the running backs and wide receivers. Example: Alshon Jeffery, a guy who historically dominates the Vikings, recorded only one catch for 10 yards.
2015 Week 14 vs WAS (19 / 31 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler is playing decent football these days. The polarizing quarterback completed 19-of-31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-20 loss to the Redskins. Cutler isn't the reason the Bears loss, even though his fumble of the football cost the Bears a 10-play drive that seemed destined for at least three points. The Cutler we saw against the Redskins wasn't making stupid throws when faced with pressure; he wasn't throwing balls into double, even triple-coverage. The Cutler we saw used his legs to avoid pressure, extending plays long enough to complete passes when the play looked to be dead. Late in the first half, Cutler moved out of the pocket to find Jeremy Langford for a seven-yard completion. Only a handful of seconds later, Cutler found Deonte Thompson for 36 yards under similar circumstances. The drive ended when Cutler found Alshon Jeffery in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Cutler continued the momentum early in the third quarter, when he led the Bears on a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller. It wasn't all roses for Cutler, who did fall short on a couple of key passes. Cutler threw short to Jeffery on at least two passes that would have resulted in 15-plus yard gains. Those really are the only knocks on Cutler after a very disappointing loss.
2015 Week 13 vs SF (18 / 31 / 202 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler reverted back to the old Jay Cutler for a brief time in Sunday's horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers. After changing the play at the line of scrimmage, Cutler dropped back quickly and fired a screen pass in the direction of Josh Bellamy. Before Bellamy could break on the ball, 49ers safety Jimmy Ward broke first and picked the pass for a pick-six touchdown. Not a good look for Mr. Cutler, who had been doing a great job this season of not making those kinds of errors. Cutler's day did not get much better, either. The Bears' quarterback only completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards and an interception. A lack of offensive weapons cannot be blamed this time for his inadequacy. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte were not listed on the injury report all week, paving the way for a healthy Sunday. Cutler simply wasn't hitting his marks, at all. The best plays of the day for Cutler came when offensive coordinator Adam Gase moved around his quarterback. Cutler completed a few nice passes on play-action rollouts. The Bears didn't do enough of this Sunday. There's far too much inconsistency with the play calling on a week-to-week basis. What seems to be working one week somehow gets lost before kickoff of the next week. Cutler needs consistency.
2015 Week 12 vs GB (19 / 31 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
This was almost two different games for the Chicago Bears passing offense and Jay Cutler. For most of the 25 minutes of the game, the Green Bay Packers brought a relentless pass rush, blitzing through the offensive line at will and pressuring Cutler on nearly every down. However, after a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller seemed to change the momentum. The Packers seemed to shy away from the blitzes, the offensive line for the Bears began blocking better and Chicago offensive coordinator Adam Gase did a tremendous job of calling a lot of short passing plays. What was impressive was the execution, as the receivers did a nice job of blocking on short screens and out patterns and Cutler got the ball out quickly and cleanly. While the Packers were able to get a hand on Cutler more than once--and he took his eye off the snap and nearly fumbled away the ball on a key third down, which would have given the Packers excellent field position--the game changed for the Chicago quarterback rather quickly and he was efficient the rest of the day. Unfortunately that didn't translate to a ton more yards or any more touchdowns as Cutler suffered through a ton of drops by his receivers. Overall though, he played a solid game in mucky conditions and did enough to get his team the win.
2015 Week 11 vs DEN (18 / 32 / 265 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler turned in a very forgettable outing Sunday against the Broncos. Without his top weapons on offense -- Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal -- Cutler struggled to move the ball vertically downfield with any sort of consistency. On the day, Cutler completed only 18-of-32 passes (56 percent) for 265 yards and one interception. He benefitted from three very big pass interference calls on Denver, to the tune of 73 total yards (29, 26, 18). The onus for Sunday's loss should all go to Cutler. The passing game struggled to get off the ground because Bears' receivers struggled to get open with any consistency, when the offense needed it most. If you want to look for positives in Cutler's performance, look no further than his ability to move around in the pocket to give his pass-catchers more time to create an opening. While Cutler missed a few would-be-first down throws, Denver's defense deserves credit for making the quarterback get rid of the ball before the receiver got out of his route. Despite the loss, Cutler looks like a different quarterback than in previous years. With the Bears' top offensive players on the sideline, this game could have turned out much worse.
2015 Week 10 vs LA (19 / 24 / 258 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler played his best game of the season Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The Bears' quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns -- only his third interception-free game of the season.Cutler has looked like a different quarterback of late, largely due to the emergence of rookie running back Jeremy Langford and the rise of backup tight end Zach Miller. The offense has changed. With starting tailback Matt Forte out of the lineup, offensive coordinator Adam Gase has shifted to a two-pronged running attack with Langford and Ka'Deem Carey and a two-pronged tight end attack with Martellus Bennett and Miller. Much of Sunday, the Rams threw double teams at Alshon Jeffery, opening up so much space for Cutler to find Langford and Miller in space. Early in the first quarter, Cutler found Miller on an 87-yard catch and run for a touchdown. That play marked the longest play from scrimmage of the season; which almost was broken only a handful of minutes later in the second quarter, when Cutler found Langford for an 83-yard touchdown. Cutler definitely still is a quarterback who can blow up at any time, but he's starting to play like a quarterback who can start on a fantasy team.
2015 Week 9 vs SD (27 / 40 / 345 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Cutler's evening began in horrific fashion, first with a bad fumble and soon after with a poorly thrown interception that resulted in a San Diego touchdown. He was even looked at by the trainers on the sideline after the fumble for a possible injury, but he remained in the game. Still, things weren't going well at all. It also didn't help that two of the drives he engineered ended with missed field goals. But just when it appeared that the Bears might get blown out, he marched the team downfield for a touchdown late in the first half. He did a good job avoiding the little pressure San Diego put on him, and at times his strategy appeared to be to throw it in the general vicinity of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and assume something good would happen. It usually did. On two occasions, the two nearly linked up for touchdowns on passes in the end zone, but both times the defenders were all over Jeffery to help disrupt the pass. Finally late in the first half, Cutler completed one to Jeffery over the middle but he was taken down just shy of the goal line. Fortunately for Cutler, the ensuing play action pass resulted in a touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett. That score made Cutler the Bears all-time leader in touchdown passes. In the second half, Cutler cut out the mistakes and just played solid football. He made all the throws - off his back foot, on the run, under pressure - it didn't matter, because San Diego had no answers for any of it. All Cutler really needed to do was get it to Alshon Jeffery, and it was nearly always completed. Finally with the Bears trailing late, he found tight end Zach Miller with a perfectly-thrown laser pass down the middle. Miller made a phenomenal grab, tipping the ball to himself before securing it for the game-winning score.
2015 Week 8 vs MIN (22 / 33 / 211 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 1 rush)
Jay Cutler delivered another strong performance Sunday despite finding himself on the wrong end of the decision. Cutler gave the Bears a chance to win, completing 22 of 33 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns (1 pass/1 rush). While Cutler's yardage total isn't all that impressive, he did what he could with the plays that were called. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept things very simple early in the game, calling nothing but screen passes around the line of scrimmage. Not one of Cutler's first five passes traveled more than five years in the air. It wasn't until Cutler was able to find Alshon Jeffery a few times did the Bears' offense really start moving downfield. Cutler targeted Jeffery on nearly half of his pass attempts, 15 of 33, to be exact. It's worth mentioning that Cutler played behind a makeshift offensive line, with Matt Slauson lining up at center. Cutler appeared to be more comfortable out of the shotgun with Slauson snapping the ball. Early in the game, the Vikings were able to dial up quite a bit of pressure in the Bears' backfield, forcing Cutler to get rid of the ball before he would have liked. As the game aged, Cutler started using his legs more to move the pocket, which allowed Jeffery to work down the field with ease. Cutler continues to do a great job of taking what the defense gives him, a drastic change from previous seasons when he's been near the league lead in turnovers. If and when he has time in the pocket, he's been making the right decisions more often than not this season.
2015 Week 6 vs DET (26 / 41 / 353 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
victory over the Lions, Cutler completed 26-of-41 passes for 353 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler made great use of a pocket that struggled to hold up against an aggressive Lions' defensive line. Without Jermon Bushrod at left tackle and a rookie starting at center, Cutler has been forced to use his legs to extend plays much more than he has in past years. Extending plays against the Lions resulted in long receptions to Marquess Wilson and Alshon Jeffery, who played in his first game since Week 1. Cutler connected with Jeffery on eight of 11 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery's return allowed Wilson and Eddie Royal to return to their normal roles, which allowed the offense to run much more efficiently. Cutler has looked like a very competent quarterback under the new management. He looks like the quarterback Bears fans have wanted him to be for years; and let's not forget he still should be out with the hamstring injury he suffered in the Week 2 loss to Arizona.
2015 Week 5 vs KC (26 / 45 / 252 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
It wasn't a perfect outing by any means, but Jay Cutler got the job done and led the Bears to a comeback win, 18-17, over the Chiefs. Playing without five starters on offense, three receivers (Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal) and two offensive lineman (left tackle Jermon Bushrod and center Will Montgomery), Cutler did a remarkable job of utilizing little known talents like Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani and some guy with two first names, Cameron Meredith. Cutler completed 26-of-45 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. His only turnover came in the form of a fumble in his own end zone that led to a Chiefs touchdown early in the first half. Those who want to question Cutler's toughness should watch the film from this game. The Chiefs did a great job of pressuring the pocket, but Cutler, for the most part, was able to battle through the bodies without incident -- aside from the lone turnover. "Great guy. Great leader," wide receiver Marquess Wilson said. "Jay is the type of guy that never gives up. He's battling through some things and he's able to keep this offense balanced. He is that kind of guy that is going to make us fight." You didn't hear those kinds of words about Cutler in recent seasons. Playing hurt for two straight weeks has motivated this Bears team to two wins that should have resulted in losses. In the two wins, Cutler has completed 54-of-88 passes (61.3 percent) for 533 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. With a full complement of weapons, the return of Jeffery, White and Royal, Cutler and the Bears will have the talent to be a formidable opponent down the stretch of the season.
2015 Week 4 vs OAK (28 / 43 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Either Jay Cutler is the fastest healer in the world or he couldn't bare to watch another week with Jimmy Clausen under center. Cutler's return to the field couldn't have come at a more-perfect time for this reeling Bears team. Returning to the field after a one-week absence, Cutler didn't appear at all bothered by the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined. The Bears' quarterback completed 28-of-43 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. For the majority of the game, Cutler was able to use his legs to dance around the pocket, avoiding the Raiders' pass rush just long enough to make a play and move the offense down the field. A 24-yard completion to Martellus Bennett and a 35-yard completion to Marquess Wilson are prime examples of how important Cutler's mobility can be for the Bears' offense. But it wasn't all good. It wouldn't be a Bears game without a Cutler turnover; the Bears' quarterback threw off balance while feeling pressure on a throw to Bennett. The good comes with the bad with Jay Cutler. If Cutler can continue to play within Adam Gase's offense, there's no reason to think this Bears team can't be extremely competitive as the season progresses.
2015 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 9 / 120 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler got off to a great start Sunday before suffering a hamstring injury that cost him the rest of the game. The injury occurred will Cutler attempted to make a tackle after throwing an interception that resulted in a pick-six. Cutler completed his first eight passes before the injury occurred. He appeared to have a solid command of Adam Gase's offense, only two games into the season. With Alshon Jeffery sidelined, Cutler made good use of little-known targets like Josh Bellamy, who caught his first NFL pass, a 48-yard TD, in the loss, Cameron Meredith and Zach Miller.
2015 Week 1 vs GB (18 / 36 / 225 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Jay Cutler looked to be in better control of the Bears' offense Sunday than in previous seasons. While he didn't light up the scoreboard, he did lead the Bears to points on four of their first five possessions before a late interception halted the streak. All in all, Cutler was an average quarterback in the loss to the Packers. He completed 50 percent of his passes and threw one touchdown and one interception. It was on third down where Cutler found much of his success, completing 8 of 10 passes for 123 yards. Here's why things can get better for Cutler as the season progresses: 1. An area in which Cutler excelled is managing the offense. With fewer control of the play calls at the line of scrimmage this season, Cutler appeared to do a better job of reading the entire field when he dropped back to pass. In previous seasons, Cutler has been known to lock onto one target. This was not the case Sunday. 2. The offensive line looked received a facelift before Sunday's game, with the announcement that right guard Kyle Long would move over to right tackle. While Long is hands down the Bears' best offensive lineman, he's going to need more than one week of practice time to get the hang of the position. 3. Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal all missed valuable practice time and game time during the preseason, throwing off whatever continuity the unit had developed during the offseason program. With a new offense run by new coaches, it's going to take some time to get everyone on the same page. Look, Cutler is not going to be a Top-10 fantasy quarterback this season, but he might be able to give you a spot start here or there.
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