NFL Playoffs 2011: Cutler Sits in NFC Championship, Will Bears Send Him Packing?

January 24, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The year was 2009, and the Chicago Bears acquired what they thought was an upgrade at the quarterback position when they traded for Pro Bowler, Jay Cutler, in a deal with the Denver Broncos.
Cutler, who was unhappy with new coach Josh McDaniels, requested a trade and was sent to Chicago for Kyle Orton, a first- and third-round pick in 2009, and a first-round pick in 2010.
Previously, the Bears alternated between an ineffective Rex Grossman and a more effective, but less flashy Kyle Orton.
With the Bears' dominant defense, all the Bears needed was a quarterback who could lead the offense. Cutler, it was thought, would bring that dynamic element to an offense that had lacked it for years.
Cutler was inconsistent during his first year in Chicago. He passed for 3,666 yards and a career high 27 touchdowns. However, his 26 interceptions led the NFL that year, and a 76.8 passer rating was the lowest of his career. The Bears finished a disappointing...

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