Future Hall of Fame quarterback and noted Bears killer Brett Favre had some high praise for Jay Cutler and his abilities. On ESPN 1000’s “Carmen and Jurko Show” he was asked if Cutler can lead the Bears to the Super Bowl, and he said “I think he can.”
He added that the Bears have finally made moves to surround Cutler with talent after focusing so much on defense over the years.
“It goes without saying that Jay has all the tools it takes to be a great quarterback,” Favre said. “And I think the pieces are beginning to be in place. For years their defense had just been so dominating, and it’s time for their offense to really prove their worth. I think Jay can be that guy.”
Cutler celebrated his 31st birthday in April, and many think that a quarterback starts to regress after the age of 30, so can he become a great quarterback now?
“Rich Gannon did it. Steve Young did it. Sure,” Favre said. “I think you become a lot wiser as you kind of lose some of your physical abilities. I think at 30 for a quarterback, really, you’re just kind of hitting your prime.”
Favre should know, seeing that age 30 was just a beginning for him. He played until he was about 75, didn’t he?
Perhaps with age Cutler’s biggest improvement could be in the decisions he makes. He has a cannon arm, and because of that arm, he would try to fit throws in very small windows, resulting in frustrating interceptions.
Favre, who has the most interceptions in NFL history, feels that having a cannon for an arm could be a blessing and a curse.
“What I mean by that, I had an arm that I felt was as good if not better than anyone,” he said. “I wasn’t as fast. I wasn’t as tall. I wasn’t as smart. But I knew I could make the throws no one else could make. I would attempt throws I knew I could get away with. Would it come back to haunt me sometimes? Sure it would. But I played 20 years and sometimes it bit me in the butt. Most of the time, I got away with it.
“I think had my arm not been as strong, I wouldn’t have attempted those. You get away with it more times than not, but occasionally it gets you. I think that’s just the way really any player plays throughout the league; knowing your imitations, and sometimes, it gets the better of you.”
We will see how Jay Cutler’s game has progressed when the season begins. He is possibly the most important piece for the Bears to compete for a Super Bowl.