Jay Cutler is entering a season in where many expect the quarterback to emerge as an elite quarterback, and on Thursday, speaking for the first time during the regular season, Cutler showed how much he has grown since starting his career with the Denver Broncos in 2006.
“When I came into Denver, it was a good situation,” Cutler said. “But you don’t understand that at that point. You don’t understand the offense we had, the coaching staff, the city and everything else that comes with it because you don’t have perspective.” -Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago
When Cutler was acquired by the Bears in 2009, the quarterback faced heavy criticism. Many criticized Cutler for being selfish and lacking the traits of a leader. It is criticism that Cutler has faced throughout his entire career and continues to face despite the fact that Cutler is not the same quarterback that he was with the Broncos.
When speaking with reporters on Thursday, a matured Cutler admitted to having greater perspective.
“Now, looking back on the journey and the ups and downs, you definitely have a greater perspective, and [you’re] able to appreciate not just the situation, but how detailed the coaches are, how great of guys we have in the locker room,” Cutler said. -Cutler, ESPN Chicago
Cutler is entering his second season under head coach Marc Trestman and the quarterback has quietly emerged as a coach on the field for the Bears. Cutler has perfected the Bears’ offense and his knowledge of the system has led the quarterback to becoming a leader for the Bears on and off the field.
The Bears are Cutler’s team, and the quarterback will look to put the rest the remaining false narratives this season.