Chicago Bears 2014 Outlook: Five Most Important Players On Offense

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Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler is perhaps the most important player on the offense. He is the one making the key decisions on the field. He has the keys to the Ferrari and he needs to not wreck it.

In order for coach Marc Trestman’s offense to work, Cutler had to buy in. He had a bevy of coordinators who could not get him to fulfill his promise. Trestman may have done so.

The Bears showed how much they were all in with Cutler by signing him to a new deal. It is his turn now to show that the investment made is a good one.

It is critical for the Chicago Bears that Cutler stays healthy. After not missing any games due to injury in his first four seasons, he has missed 13 games in his last four. Years with a porous line and ineffective offenses may have caught up to Cutler. He must show that they haven’t.

A more mature, more confident Cutler can take the Bears to great heights. He did lead a team to the NFC Championship game with an offense not nearly as good as it is now. He has the opportunity now to have similar if not greater success with a much better offense with better pieces. His time is now.