Team-Killer Jay Cutler as the $100 Million Albatross

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Have truer words ever been uttered than those of the great Charles Woodson?

“Same ol’ Jay. … We do not need any luck, Jay will throw us the ball.” Now after this historic beatdown, this cataclysmic collapse of historic proportions, a game that would have had a score in the 70s or 80s if Mike McCarthy had not called off the wolves, Woodson’s comments seem, if anything, understated, as Cutty’s bad decision making, pouting and all the other negative qualities that define him reached an entirely new level last night.

Indeed, it is now certain, beyond all doubt, that Jay Cutler will be one of the worst acquisitions ever in the history of the NFL. He will prove to have set a proud, historic franchise back at least 10 years. With the boatload of draft picks they gave up to acquire him, the constant game-losing bad decisions that handed our Packers victory after victory, including the lost opportunity — for the Bears, at least — in the 2010 NFC title game. And with the $100 million albatross Cutler has hung around their necks, this acquisition, more than any other single decision, has now proven to be their undoing.

Of course it is not for a lack of physical talent and ability. Cutler has the physical tools to be a first-tier quarterback, in terms of arm strength, velocity, and the raw ability, however unrealized, to throw accurately. It is his intangibles that render Cutler a poison pill and locker-room cancer — his utter and total lack of fitness as a leader and his unwavering propensity for bad, game-losing, season-squandering bad decisions.

Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words. And so this article presents this still-shot, of Cutty! biting his thumbnails while grabbing his crotch.

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One would be hard pressed to find a more stark antithesis to what is required to be a great leader, a great athlete and champion. The greater implication of such body language should require no comment, but this passage as to the psychological meaning of this bad habit is noteworthy:

People usually bite their nails when they feel anxious. Because feelings of anxiety are usually associated with feelings of loss of control people bite their nails when they feel they want to be more in control.

There are lots of gestures in body language that shows that a person is anxious (like fidgeting, sweating, tapping your hands on your lap quickly…etc) but when anxiety is associated with loss of control the person usually bites his nails.

The crotch grabbing of course speaks for itself. However, it must be emphasized it was certainly not in a masculine, chauvinistic manner, but the other kind more fitting a hopelessly neurotic and displaced adolescent.

Above and beyond the setbacks suffered by the Vikings putting all their eggs in the basket of a certain ex-Packer turned traitor, exasperated by the panic and desperation in reaching for Christian Ponder in the aftermath, Cutler has completely gutted the Chicago Bears, probably for a decade or more. Above and beyond the draft picks, the $100 million albatross, his failure led to the dismissal of coach Lovie Smith. And now this locker room poison has rendered Marc Trestman’s tenure in Chicago stillborn. The salary expended on Cutty! is of course exasperated by a league-leading number of free agents (31), which of course demonstrates a pattern of bad draft selections. Such a perfect storm can take years to recover from, sometimes decades, as demonstrated in the examples of the Raiders now or the Bengals in the 90s and aughts, among others.

This toxic, poison-pill effect in Chicago is in addition to Cutler’s less-than-flattering history in Denver. Josh McDaniels and Pat Bowlen at least saw him for the cancer he was. Trestman was not so astute, perhaps in eagerness to get his first opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. Despite his peculiar appearance, which has sadly drawn too much focus, Trestman has demonstrated acumen as an innovator in offensive schemes. Jay Cutler, the team killer and coach killer, will likely make this stint in Chicago his one and only opportunity. But let us not allow compassion for a seemingly decent man in an impossible situation cause us to lose focus on what really matters. In conjunction with the setbacks suffered by the Vikings alluded to earlier, Cutty! has single-handedly ensured that contention for the NFC North will be between just two teams for the foreseeable future: the Detroit Lions and our Green Bay Packers. And that is something we should ALL be able to drink to. Here’s to you, Cutty!

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Just a Packers fan and native Seattleite left stranded in New York City, and apparently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from the near disaster in New Orleans in January of 2010. Bleeds Green and Gold through and through. Listens to indie and hardcore industrial and aggrotech music, and thus would much rather hear Headhunter by Front 242 or Front Line Assembly's "Mindphaser" than "Celebrate" or "I Gotta Feeling" in the fourth quarter, or any time.

19 Comments on "Team-Killer Jay Cutler as the $100 Million Albatross"

  1. Deepsky

    We make fun of Jay. We think he’s pathetic. We all wish that Jay Cutler could play for the Bears forever because of his poor performance.
    What a loser!!

    Yet, in his last 5 years with the Packers, Brett Favre actually had a higher interception to TD ratio than Jay Cutler has against the Packers. The Bears owned Favre just like the Packers own Cutler.

    • Phatgzus

      “In his last 5 years with the Packers”. Way to cherry pick. What about the previous 11? Furthermore, Cutler plays in a much more QB-friendly era than Favre ever did (including his final 3 or 4 years).

    • Cheesemaker

      Favre-led Packers were 4-6 against the Bears in his last 5 years. Not great, for sure, but not really “owned” either. That includes 2 losses in the awful 4-12 2005 season, and, bizarrely, 2 losses in the Packers shockingly good 13-3 2007 season. But I won’t argue with anyone who wants to complain about Favre in the post-Holmgren era – as great as he was, he really became undisciplined and became his own worst enemy.

    • DevilDon

      Let me see if I’m reading you correctly:
      The move to Rodgers should have come sooner…
      and…
      Jay Cutler is a better QB than Favre

  2. Kato

    In all honesty, the bears problems go beyond Cutler. They went to an NFC Championship game with him for christs sake. I think years of incompetent drafting and poor personnel decisions have led to the demise of this team. I have never seen a collapse so hard like I have seen from that defense. That was a top defense like three years ago. You can point to Cutlers first pick and say that contributed to putting the bears in a hole, but at some point that defense has to stop someone to give the bears a chance to win. Cutler is not a good enough qb to do a shootout with Rodgers. Not many qbs in the game are. I also believe the team lost a lot of leadership after brolacher left. Cutler is obviously not the outspoken leader that brolacher was. Kind of noticed the same thing for the packers defense after Woodson was cut. Only recently have players like Mike Daniels and Julius Peppers stepped up to be leaders. I think Nick Collins would do wonders for this team as a leader right now. Point is, the bears are a team without a leader, has been hit by injuries, age, and the cupboard is bare because of poor drafting. I do believe if Cutler was in the right situation, he would be serviceable (Arizona? Arians is a hell of a coach and has helped revive Carson Palmers career and they have a strong defense so the onus isnt on Cutler to throw for 350 yards and 4 tds every game like Rodgers is forced to do when they play good teams).

    • Shawn Neuser

      Very good points. I have often compared Cutler to Tony Romo. If you can run the football and play defense, and only ask them to make a couple plays a game, then I think you can win with those guys. You absolutely can not expect those guys to throw the ball 35 plus times a game and carry you to victory. That being said, Romo is a hardcore competitor. Cutler is not. I honestly don’t think Cutler gives a shit. I would never want that for my franchise QB. Talented guy physically. But a Jeff George mentally.

      • Kato

        Just looked at the drive summaries. Packers starting offense against the bears this season: 14 drives, 11 tds, one field goal, one blocked field goal, and one fumble by cobb. Unbelievable. Would have been crazier if the second game wasnt so out of hand. BTW, love the cutler-jeff george analogy. Never thought of that, but it is perfect.

  3. Dick Butkus

    There’s an organizational cancer in there somewhere. This type of collapse speaks of systemic failure, and that usually indicates a disgruntled individual or group of individuals who can thrive and divide because of a lack of leadership and discipline from the top. I, for one, have noticed since the beginning of 2013 that Trestman developed something that Chicago has been lacking for a long time, and that is an offensive line. They have the big receivers, the stud running back, but maybe shouldn’t have let Olesen get away. Can’t explain the defense, but they’re not the first to be made to look silly by Aaron Rodgers. Anyway, after watching Cutty’s body language for quite a few seasons, I’d say he’s a big part of the problem. I also remember him publicly disrespecting Mike Tice, the former offensive coordinator on the sideline one time. The guy just comes across as a spoiled little asshole. The crux of the article is on target. The Bears have a good head coach in Mark Trestman. He is not the problem.

    • E. Wolf

      If you count assistant coaches as well, it is truly breathtaking how many people he has laid waste to in his path. Everything he touches…. falls apart.

    • Deepsky

      It seems to me that in order to get something out of their investment in Cutler, the Bears hired a QB friendly coach leaving behind the heart and soul of the Bears: their defense. The defensive players are probably upset that they no longer have a defensive minded head coach and every time Cutler throws a pick it only reinforces their disillusionment with that management decision. Trestman probably isn’t at fault, but he’ll be the scapegoat. In this case, he MUST be fired.

  4. Bill Swarovski

    Let’s say they shrunk Cutler down to 2 feet tall. Cutler versus the choir of heavenly angels. Who would win?

  5. YOUR AVERAGE FAN

    I believe the proper term is: “Mini-Cutler vs the choir of heavenly angels. Who would win?”


    Bill Swarovski:

    Let’s say they shrunk Cutler down to 2 feet tall. Cutler versus the choir of heavenly angels. Who would win?

  6. Dick Butkus

    I think Deepsky’s got a good point there about the defense being left out. I just can’t help but think Cutler is at the root of this. His body language and facial expressions are just the worst, and his history is littered with people who considered him toxic. The QB should be the leader of the team. I’m just so thankful that we have A-Rod, and not Cutler. What a difference between those two guys.

    • E. Wolf

      According to Al Michaels, Cutty! was involved in the coach selection process. I am not sure that sort of aggrandizement works for truly great quarterbacks (like Brett Favre). It can never works with the likes of this guy.

  7. Dick Butkus

    And sadly, yes, Trestman will take the fall. We make fun of him for his physical appearance, but my take is that he is a really good guy, and I hate to see it.

    • E. Wolf

      I don’t get what is so fucking comical about his appearance. He is a tall lanky (fit) older gentleman who wears horn-rimmed glasses.
      He certainly lost that locker room, so he may not be cut out for it (at all). But taking that team guaranteed it.

  8. Dick Butkus

    His glasses are actually kind of Lombardi-esque. Most of the time he looks pretty normal. The photo posted here when he got announced as the new coach was pretty hilarious, though. Looks like they caught him without his hair washed. The guy strikes me as an offensive genius. But alas…..Cutty.

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