Friday May 20th, 2016

If the year-to-year portion of Jay Cutler’s gigantic seven-year deal began this spring instead of next spring, would the Bears have kept him around? After bottoming out during a turbulent 2014 season that led to Chicago overhauling its front office and coaching staff, Cutler quietly stabilized his game under the direction of offensive coordinator Adam Gase, throwing fewer interceptions (11) than he had in any other full season as a pro. But one year of a steady stat line is not enough to counterbalance many years of city-wide ambivalence towards him. If new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains sticks to his word to keep things largely the same as they were under Gase, Cutler will have some rare continuity to pair with the equally rare positive off-season momentum he’s taking into a make-or-break season.

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