When is the Best Time to Extend Jay Cutler?
The situation is dire folks. I know extending Jay Cutler’s contract now is not the most popular opinion. But I don’t understand the hesitation. In fact, I disagree with the ‘wait and see’ approach.
Wait and see? What in the heck are we waiting for? To see if Jay Cutler is going to work out as the Bears franchise QB? Seriously?! Have we been watching different Bear games the last four years? Don’t get me wrong – I know the problem throughout Lovie Smith’s tenure was offense. But that problem was not Jay Cutler. And guess who agrees with me… General Manager Phil Emery. Now now, don’t click away yet. Hear me out. If Emery thought that Jay was not a franchise QB would the Bears have passed up Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, or Matt Barkley? Sorry folks. But the Bears are not going to wait and see if Jay Cutler is a franchise QB. Phil Emery is a view the film kinda guy who has often used the words ‘franchise’ and ‘Jay’ in the same sentence. And the film/tape on Jay is good.
Some folks will even throw out the opinion that The Chicago Bears want to see if Jay Cutler and new Head Coach Marc Trestman will mesh or gel. Will Cutler and Trestman mesh? Will they gel? They better gel! This is probably the biggest deciding factor Phil Emery had for hiring Marc Trestman. Woah now! Don’t go away just yet. Hear me out (again). I have read Marc Trestman’s book Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork. Trust me. Trestman is going to love Cutler. And Cutler is going to respect Coach Trestman. From what I gather in Trestman’s book he will be a Lovie-type father figure for the entire Bears organization while adding an Iron Mike Ditka toughness and discipline to practice and games. More on Marc Trestman’s book some other day, I will give you all the book report soon enough.
“C’mon Chet! Do you really think one year is enough time to develop a QB/Coach relationship?”
Yes, why yes I do, thanks for asking. In fact ask Andrew Luck, Griffin III, Dan Marino, Greg Cook, or Bob Waterfield how long they took to learn a system and gel with their coaches.
The longer we wait, the more it will cost our future. So, if the Bears wanted to lock up jay for the next 3 – 5 years, how much would that cost us per year? Hard telling, really. Somewhere between $13 -16 million would be my guess. But if you want to wait until the Bears 2013 record is 7-1 or 10-3, then we give Jay and his agent no reason to talk until the season is over. What if we make it to the playoffs? Or the Super Bowl? If Joe Flacco is making $20 million/year what could Jay ask for? The future of the Bears relies on Jay Cutler more and more every year. Look at it like this – Jay is the only Bears first round draft choice on the team from the last 11 years ( and he counts as two first rounders).
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