Despite missing the playoffs last season, the Bears made a strong statement that they had their franchise quarterback of the future.
After giving Jay Cutler an elite level contract in January ($54 million guaranteed), the controversial signal caller has been, at best, erratic in 2014.
Yet, in spite of his his shoddy decision making (12 INTs) and tendency to hold the ball (23 sacks) this season, there’s a reason why Cutler has commanded first round picks – from multiple teams (Broncos & Bears) – during his nine-year career. With a uniquely strong arm and good mobility, the Vanderbilt product’s sheer athleticism still presents a tough challenge for defenses.
“With a quarterback like that, you have to do whatever you can to keep him rattled and off his spot,” said linebacker Lavonte David. “He’s a very accurate passer, has a strong arm and knows how to get his playmakers the football.”
The Buccaneer’s front seven did a great job of containing a duel-threat quarterback in Washington last week, continuously applying pressure and rattling RG3. In order to pick up their third victory this Sunday in the windy city, they’ll need a similar – if not better – performance aggravating Jay Cutler.
“We just have to do a great job upfront getting pressure in his face,” said David. “Whatever we have to do to make him uncomfortable.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Jay Cutler has a fragile psyche similar to that of Cam Newton. They are great when things are going well but can quickly go into a funk when things aren’t going as planned. But he does have a lot of weapons at his disposal so our defensive line needs to remain inspired to help our “off the street” secondary. Hopefully, we will see the bad Jay Cutler and Bears fans will wish they had McCown under center.
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