To say that Jay Cutler has had a rather disappointing couple of years would be an understatement. However, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox doesn’t seem to think it is all bad at this point for his quarterback.
Fox took over the Bears ahead of the 2015 season and many expected him to help them out drastically, especially after going 48-14 in four years with the Denver Broncos. He certainly seemed to help out Cutler, who had a career-best 92.3 quarterback and reduced his total turnovers (from 24 in 2014 to 16 last year) and interceptions (from 18 to 11.)
The longtime NFL coach said that he expects the veteran quarterback to have another successful year and could possibly surprise everyone in terms of his performance on the field.
“I thought Jay had an outstanding year,” Fox said. “It wasn’t ideal. Alshon [Jeffery] wasn’t healthy the whole season. Kevin White did not play. I’m not knocking any of the guys that did play, but a lot is always made of the quarterback, and his supporting cast is critical. I don’t care what it is—defense, offense, wideouts, ability to run the ball … there’s a lot that goes into it besides one guy, although that guy gets a lot of the magnified glass. So if you saw what Jay did last year, I’m expecting good things again.”
While top tight end Martellus Bennett and workhorse running back Matt Forte are gone, the Bears still have some good weapons. Running back Jeremy Langford and wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White all look to help them make an impact this year.
In seven seasons with the Bears, Jay Cutler has gone 50-47 while throwing for over 22,000 yards and 150 touchdowns against 104 interceptions. If there was ever a time for him to turn his career around, it would be now.
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