Cutler On His Way Out of Chicago?

Published on 31-Dec-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Cutler On His Way Out of Chicago?

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wants to remain with the Bears.

The question is, do the Bears want Cutler to remain with them?

Despite missing six games this season, the former Vanderbilt Commodore had a career year. He threw for over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

But even with Cutler's improved play, the Bears still didn't make the playoffs. So is he part of the problem or could he be part of the solution?

Cutler wants to stay, but understands that if Jesus Just Left Chicago -- mind you, he was "bound for New Orleans" -- then he, too, may have to do those Walkin' Blues.

"I don't know when it's going to happen. And eventually it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at [negotiating a contract with the Bears], I'm sure.

"I think if you polled quarterbacks around the league, everyone's going to want to come here. Why wouldn't you want to play here? We've got a lot of guys who can make some plays. It would be fun to stay here. Obviously I want to stay here."

But he added, "You never know how it's going to go."

Dude's an existentialist in waiting.

I can give you reasons why some quarterbacks don't want to come to Chicago, Jay. For one, poor defense. The Bears' D is not your daddy's Monsters of the Midway. This year's unit gives up bunches of yards and scads of big plays. All you have to do is review Sunday's game against Green Bay. Intensity isn't always what it should be, like not hearing a whistle, which means the refs saw a fumble instead of an incomplete pass:

Packers recover Aaron Rodgers fumble for wacky touchdown against Bears-a

Those dudes need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands upon the wheel.

Another issue is the offensive line. Cutler had a better year, despite the play of his bodyguards, but he still was injured. Oh, and did we mention the Bears' running game?

It's great to know that Cutler wants to come back to Chicago -- probably because there won't be many takers for his services -- but I don't see a lot of quarterbacks lining up to play there unless they're named Tim Tebow.

Yes, he just got a new job, but like Nick Saban, his contract doesn't have a buyout clause.