In Sunday’s 37-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler played about as efficiently as a quarterback can, finishing with a 151.0 passer rating, just 7.3 points shy of a perfect mark.
Cutler completed nearly 80% of his passes — 19 of 24 — finishing with just five incompletions. He tossed three touchdown passes, two of which went for more than 80 yards. And perhaps the most important statistic of all is the zero interceptions he threw. He has just five total on the season.
We have no reason to doubt that offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been the driving influence behind Cutler’s solid play this season. Gase’s game plans have been conservatively aggressive, where the offense has focused on running the football and taking calculated chances when need be. Cutler’s fourth-quarter comebacks this season, however, have been mostly of his own doing.
I’d like to see Cutler finish this season as he has started it. But in the meantime, there’s no reason to be in a hurry to dump Cutler and his huge salary after this season. He is still young by quarterback standards and the majority of his cap heavy figures have already been paid out. To win in this league, you have to have a quarterback that can make plays, and from what we’ve seen from other quarterbacks in the league — such as Rams quarterback Nick Foles — the Bears still have an advantage at the quarterback position from the majority of other teams in the league.