9:48 AM CDT, June 10, 2013
While the Blackhawks were working their way back to the Stanley Cup Final at the end of last week, there was some Jay Cutler news.
No, not the item that the Bears quarterback married actress-slash-baby-mama Kristin Cavallari.
That just proves Cutler has no friends because friends don’t let friends get married.
What I’m talking about is a blog posted on CSNChicago.com that presented more evidence Cutler can’t work and play well with others, especially if they’re offensive coordinators.
The Bears choked away a 7-1 start, you’ll recall. The season devolved into mass firings. In the middle of that was an embarrassing communication problem that reportedly forced backup quarterback Josh McCown to serve as liaison between Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
Pro Bowl receiver and Cutler pal Brandon Marshall was quoted in the blog that he “was just talking to McCown this morning and one of the things we said is it’s so cool to come to work where it’s not one of those things where it’s dreadful.’’
So, Cutler’s juvenile act of leaping off the bench just as Tice sat down next to him during a game last season was every bit the stupidity and the problem you thought it was.
But wait, wasn’t Jeremy Bates brought in to run interference for Cutler?
Bates’ history with Cutler and Marshall in Denver suggested he would act like a shield, or at least a day-care worker.
So, why was McCown acting like Henry Kissinger?
How difficult had Cutler become?
For those of you scoring at home, Cutler has warred to some degree with the ousted Ron Turner, the ousted Mike Martz and the ousted Tice.
Raise your hand if you think Cutler’s coach-killing doomsday clock just moved one more closer to the end.
There are two common denominators here: One, Turner, Martz and Tice have not been snapped up as OC’s in the NFL, and two, Cutler.
Just because the offensive coordinators haven’t been hired for that role by other teams doesn’t mean Cutler isn’t impossible to work with.
Cutler supporters will argue that the injured and inept offensive line gives the quarterback a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. That is to argue blindly, then. That is willfully ignoring the pattern. Connect the dots, people.
Cutler was all happy-happy-joy-joy when he began with each offensive coordinator, and then couldn’t wait for each of them to go.
Martz and Cutler had a blooming bromance, you’ll recall, then he was cursing Martz during a game -- through a liaison, of course, what a joke.
Cutler was looking forward to the sanity of Tice, a great offensive line coach, and then Cutler couldn’t sit next to him during a game and needed United Nations peace-keeping mediators to relay messages.
It’s not just Cutler’s history of broken relationships. It’s also his inability to fix his mechanics. There was a lot of talk and praise for Cutler’s new dance steps as he began his second season with Martz, but Cutler invariably reverted to his back-foot-fling-it style.
Cutler might not know it or believe it, but his buddy Marshall’s seemingly positive quote about the Marc Trestman era strengthens the belief that Cutler gets one more chance, one last chance, to prove he can be coached and he can win with the Bears.
Cutler is looking for a big payday, although the Bears can franchise-tag him. The Bears are looking for a good reason to commit, I don’t know, $80 million-$100 million. The Bears are looking for Joe Flacco reasons. Both sides are, actually.
If we hear about another liaison delivering messages between two people who absolutely have to communicate, then I think we’ll have an answer about whether that marriage can be saved.
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