The Impact Of A Healthy Jay Cutler

The Bears offense is primed for another big season behind a healthy Jay Cutler.

**This article was written by Dave Jenis**

Management for the Chicago Bears wasted very little time this past offseason when it came to making a decision on Jay Cutler and a contract extension. Despite the strong play as a backup by Josh McCown, the Bears are committed to the guy they traded for five years ago. When you look at the statistics, it is hard to argue with his productivity. In fact, a healthy Cutler could make the Bears the most efficient offense in fantasy football in 2014.

Last season, Chicago finished 5th in the NFL in passing yards, and 16th in rushing. They return all their key pieces from a season ago, and at the beginning of the season, they will be healthy as well. Cutler has only led the Bears to the playoffs in one of his first five seasons with the club, but he will have his best supporting cast in his career heading into 2014.

People in fantasy football already know about established veterans like wide receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Matt Forte, but others stepped up in 2014 as well. Alshon Jeffery actually had more receiving yards than Marshall in 2013, despite only finding the end zone seven time. Martellus Bennett had his best fantasy football season of his career as well at tight end, catching 65 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns.

Throughout the history of the team, defense has been a calling card. With the current roster setup, it is going to be hard to get that reputation back any time soon. They are decent at stopping the passing game, but they finished last in the NFL with their rush defense in 2013, giving up 161.4 yards per game.

Cutler missed five games last year, and the play of McCown had some people wondering if he would ultimately lose his job in Chicago. Management has faith in him, and fans should do. He has the weapons to have a monster season in 2014.

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About Adam Levy

Adam Levy is a diehard sports fan and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. After graduating with a Master's Degree from Indiana University, he began working at a consulting firm in the loop. In his spare time, he watches sports, re-watches Seinfeld episodes for the 23rd time, plays pickup basketball, competes in sports leagues during the summer, and overvalues all of the players on his fantasy teams. He is extremely passionate about his teams and will likely be found curled up in the fetal position on his bed, crying and cursing after significant losses. If you like his insight, feel free to comment, follow him on Twitter @ChiCityBS, or email him at aplevy1@gmail.com.

Posted on April 7, 2014, in Bears and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s nice to read somebody who gets that Cutler’s the best option for Chicago. It drives me nuts when people complain about him. He wasn’t the problem with the Bears offense the first few years he was here. If not for him, things would have been much worse. With him, the Bears have a legitimate, potent offense that will be a struggle for teams to create a gameplan for. There are so many matchup problems for teams to worry about. This could be a very exciting year. Even if the defense only improves enough to be considered average, that still makes them major contenders.

  2. Somehow an idiot within the Bears’ front office felt Jay Cutler was worth $125.6 million and one wonders why they haven’t won anything in years ? The Bears are plentiful with sheer stupidity in the front office and bereft of talent on the field .

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