As of right now, it’s looking like 2014 is a good year to need a quarterback.
Also, as of right now, the Chicago Bears appear to be one of many teams in the market for a quarterback in 2014.
Yes, the honeymoon with Jay Cutler is over, and while it’s apparent that when healthy Cutler is one of the 12 or 13 best QBs in the NFL, it’s also apparent that staying healthy may be his kryptonite.
Cutler’s inability to stay healthy probably cost the Bears a playoff spot in 2012 despite the fact that they won 10 games. His inability to stay healthy cost them (potentially) a win in the playoffs a couple of years ago, almost inarguably Cutler’s most infamous game as a professional player.
Not to mention, Cutler’s absence and inability to stay on the field is potentially costing the Bears another shot at the division in 2013. When healthy, Cutler and the Bears can be an explosive offense that is capable of scoring 40 or more points on a given weekend. The problem is, they seem to be missing him when they need him the most.
In a critical divisional matchup against the Lions this past weekend, Cutler took the field two weeks earlier than he was expected to, and while you have to admire his courage, you can’t deny how well Josh McCown was playing (really?) and the fact that the Bears made a stupid choice to throw Cutler out there when they had no business doing so.
Now, Cutler has sustained another injury unrelated to the injury he suffered against the Washington Redskins that put him out in the first place.
I don’t think the Bears can count on Cutler for much longer, and he is a franchise tag candidate after this season. It’s not likely Cutler will be on another team in 2014, but it’s also becoming more and more of a possibility with every injury Cutler sustains.
The fact that the Bears’ offense has so many explosive players and especially the chemistry Cutler obviously has with star receiver Brandon Marshall bodes well for Cutler’s chances of remaining a Bear for the next year or the foreseeable future, but 2014 will be a year where the Bears make a decision to upgrade their backup QB situation and potentially snag a guy that can have a chance to take over the job in a few years if Cutler continues to prove he can’t stay healthy.
So, Bears fans, get ready for another young kid to come into Chicago next offseason, a guy that might be taken as early as the second or third round.