Chicago Bears franchise quarterback Jay Cutler heads into the 2014 season with more experience in Marc Trestman’s offensive system, as well as the knowledge that he has arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver duo in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. That’s also not mentioning a new, talented center and a potential breakout receiver in Marquess Wilson to help round up the new faces on offense. When he was healthy, Cutler looked excellent last year, and he is poised for the best season of his career, thanks to his own development, the presence of someone who might as well be a magician with quarterbacks, and that aforementioned elite wide receiver duo.
Cutler is a gunslinger through-and-through, and he received a strong vote of confidence from a gunslinging legend who had major success with two NFC North teams (one longer than the other).
In an interview with ESPN 1000′s “Carmen and Junko” show, via ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre stated that he believes the Chicago Bears can make it all the way to the Super Bowl with Jay Cutler at the helm. It’s a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with, because the Bears made it to the NFC Championship game with Cutler at the helm, and he’s a better quarterback today than he was at the time.
Favre added, “It goes without saying that Jay has all the tools it takes to be a great quarterback. And I think the pieces are beginning to be in place. For years their defense had just been so dominating, and it’s time for their offense to really prove their worth. I think Jay can be that guy.”
I love the “it goes without saying” part, because only a fool would argue that Cutler doesn’t have elite tools. Favre’s most interesting comment, though, is that a quarterback of Cutler’s age is in the prime of his career due to the mental knowledge the QB has gained. It’s a big reason why I think he’s in for a huge year, because he’s truly developed, matured as a QB, and bought into an excellent head coach’s QB philosophy. Cutler seems to have the mental acumen to go with the tools, and the sky is the limit for the Bears offense. Can they make the playoffs in a tough NFC North this year? That’s up to the defense, because I have absolutely no questions about the effectiveness of the offense.