The Chicago Bears may have what they wanted as it was reported that quarterback Jay Cutler will miss time with ligament damage in his thumb. For years fans have called for a trade or benching of Cutler only to find that the grass is not greener on the other side. Well, now it’s time to get the lawnmowers out because Brian Hoyer is now the man in charge.
The #Bears are preparing for a lengthy absence for QB Jay Cutler, source said. Now it's a matter of how to fix (surgery or not) his thumb.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2016
For all the flak that Cutler has taken over the years, he still has been the best option behind center. His faults are many and maybe his good doesn’t outweigh the bad, but we will now get to see how bad his bad was for the Bears.
As of now, the Bears will look to journeyman, Brian Hoyer as their new starter. With limited options on the market for backups who can become starters, the Bears are forced to hitch their season to a career 15-11 starter. But all is not lost with Hoyer. The Bears still have two WRs that can produce in Kevin White and Alshon Jeffery and an RB that will need to step in up in Jeremy Langford.
There were many reports over time that most players didn’t like Cutler for his aloofness on the sidelines and in the locker room. But if you were to watch Hoyer play, he has the same skill set and mind frame of Cutler. They both believe they can make any throw into any coverage and will take a risk. But those risks are what makes a QB who they are.
The Bears next four games are very winnable. The have the Cowboys, Lions, Colts and Jaguars coming up. If Hoyer can keep the ship steady and Langford can show why management let Matt Forte go then, the season will still be salvageable. If not the Bears will be fighting the Browns for the chance to select Louisville’s Lamar Jackson with the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cutler out for an extended period. Hearing it's a 6 month injury. I'm not a math major, but that probably means the season. #Bears
— Mark Carman (@thecarm) September 20, 2016
All is not lost in Chicago. Now more than ever the team will need to band together and prove that they had reason to put the blame on Cutler. All eyes are watching, including Cutler to see if he was the problem, or it was the other way around.