Baby got back 08/31/2009Posted by sportretort in cutler, denver broncos, NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: chicago bears, denver broncos, Jay Cutler, NFL, quarterback, trade
The big baby got the last laugh.
For what it is worth, Jay Cutler returned to Denver as the quarterback of the Chicago Bears
for a preseason game last night. The emotions ran high, especially for a preseason game. Cutler was greeted by a chorus of boos unlike anything heard at a sporting event in Denver. Cutler forced his way out of Denver during the off season after the Broncos hired a new head coach. He then insulted Broncos fans during an interview calling them ‘maybe a 6’ while saying the Bears fans were great. (I’m here to tell you, having attended games in both Denver and Chicago, that the Bears fans have nothing on Broncos fans!)
Cutler’s stat line was very good. He
was 15-21 for 141 yards and a td. He got off to a slow start. The Bears first touchdown was a result of a 54 yard punt return that set the Bears up at the 4 yard line. Before that point, the Bears went three and out in 3 of 4 possessions, and settled for a field goal in the other. Cutler did most of his damage during a 5 minute, 98 yard drive at the end of the first half. That drive was kept alive by a 15 yard ruffing the passer penalty, or it would have ended in a field goal attempt.
The quarterback Denver received in the trade, Kyle Orton, looked good for the Broncos, completing 12 of 16 passes for 96 yards before being forced to leave with a cut on the index finger of his throwing hand. Denver fans left wondering how the Broncos let Cutler get away, but Orton has shown good progress, and assuming that he is healthy for the season opener against Cincinnati, they will come to learn that he is a good fit for the new offensive system.
Cutler handled the pressure of the situation well, something he has not always done in the past. But do not not forget that this was only a preseason game. Bears fans love him now, but wait until he throws an interception or two as he has the propensity to do. Then he will find out what Chicago fans are all about. Chicago is a defense and run oriented team, and head coach Lovey Smith is not about to change that. The honeymoon period will end quickly between Chicago and their new quarterback.
Around the league, it was a rough week for NFL quarterbacks. Besides Orton’s injury in Denver, New England’s Tom Brady, lost all of last season with a leg injury suffered in the season opener, was taken out of his game after tweaking a shoulder and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel suffered a sprained MCL.