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Fantasy Football experts have been giddy over the prospects of the Bears’ offense this season. The reason why said expects are giddy is because of the duo wide receiver threat that the Bears have in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marshall has posted 100+ receptions in each of his first two seasons with the Bears. And while that streak may end in 2014, Marshall likely will go over 1,000 yards and near double digit touchdowns.
Jeffery, on the other hand, is expected to carry his breakout season from 2013 into the 2014 season and emerge as one of the top tier wide receivers in the NFL. Jeffery posted 89 receptions in 2013 for a total of 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns.
With Jeffery and Marshall poised to have great statistical numbers in 2014, where does that leave quarterback Jay Cutler?
Interesting enough, many fantasy experts do not have Cutler in their list of top ten quarterbacks for the 2014 season. Many of the aforementioned experts are banking on the false narrative that Cutler always finds a way to disappoint.
Eff the fantasy experts.
Cutler is poised to take the next step this season and firmly entrench himself as one of the ten best quarterbacks in the NFL. Cutler may never be on the same level as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, or Tom Brady–no one is asking him to be that good–but the Bears’ quarterback certainly will be mentioned by the end of this season in the same group of quarterbacks that are to be found on the doorsteps of being in the top tier.
The facts are simple.
If Jeffery and Marshall are going to have great seasons, then by nature, the quarterback throwing to those two wide receivers will have a great season as well. That quarterback is Cutler.
Looking beyond the Marshall and Jeffery impact, Cutler is mentally ready to take the next step as well.
The Jay Cutler the Bears have now is not the same Cutler that once shoved J’Marcus Webb on national television. No. The Cutler the Bears have now is a quarterback that is a leader on and off the field.
On the field, Cutler is entering his second season under Marc Trestman and has perfected the team’s offensive scheme. Cutler’s knowledge of the offense has led to the quarterback keeping his composure on the field and that much was proven in the Bears game in Seattle against the Seahawks during the pre-season.
Off the field, Cutler has developed into a leader with his actions on the sidelines and during practice.
Stick folk in those moldy Cutler narratives. 2014 will be the season of Cutler.