February 7, 2021

Jay Cutler is 46-8 when he gets help from his defense

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 31: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears gestures before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Much has been made of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s 51-49 record as a starter in Chicago, but after watching him lead his team to an upset victory over the Vikings in Week 8, it’s hard to fathom how a player as talented as he is can only be slightly above .500.

Dig deeper and you’ll find out why.

Mike Sando of ESPN tweeted a chart that showed Cutler’s win-loss record in games which his defense played well and games that the defense played poorly.  The results are pretty astonishing.

Since 2006 — Cutler’s rookie season — the veteran is 46-8 when his defense surrendered 20 points or less in a game.  The results aren’t so pretty when opposing teams scored 21 or more, as Cutler’s record plummets to 22-62.

The chart isn’t broken down to Bears-specific games, but the bigger picture view of Cutler’s career shows that if his defense gives him a chance, he’s an elite winner.  An 85-percent winning percentage is nothing short of insane.

The numbers proved correct in Week 8.  Chicago’s defense gave up only 10 points to the Vikings and Cutler delivered the win.  He played mistake-free football, in part, because he didn’t have to quarterback with a must-score mentality.

Love him or hate him, Cutler is going to be the Bears’ quarterback for the foreseeable future.  With no viable alternative on the roster, and with performances like last night’s that prove his value, it would be a complete shock if Cutler was not the starter in Chicago in 2017 and beyond.