By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Jan 17th 2:29pm EST
The Chicago Bears have announced that John Fox will be the next coach of the Bears. They have agreed to a four-year deal with an introductory press conference scheduled for Monday. Fox has complied a 119-89 regular season record in 13 seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Fox fits all the qualities new GM Ryan Pace was looking for. He is an experienced, defensive-minded, run first, players coach. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Bringing in an experienced coach like Fox, almost certainly points to the Bears bringing back Jay Cutler as their starting QB. Fox's penchant for running the ball, should aid Cutler by lessening his opportunities for turning over the ball. A more conservative offense will hurt Cutler's fantasy value, but should help the Bears' overall hopes of returning to the playoffs.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Jan 8th 5:21pm EST
The Chicago Bears have hired Ryan Pace for their vacant general manager position. Pace comes over from New Orleans where he was director of player personnel for the past two seasons. Pace will be the youngest GM in the NFL at age 37. (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Pace is to be officially introduced at an 11 am press conference Friday at Halas Hall. His first job will be to hire a head coach, but his second decision will be what to do with Jay Cutler. The thinking is that Cutler will stay, due to his large contract, but Pace may want a clean slate and start with a new coach and quarterback. we will find out more after the press conference.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Jan 2nd 7:51pm EST
The Chicago Bears fired head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery on December 29. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was let go as well. (Source: ChicagoBears.com
Fantasy Impact: Trestman was considered a quarterback guru by some and his effect on Josh McCown in 2013 displayed some of the promise many hoped Trestman would have on Jay Cutler. As we all know, Cutler suffered a turnover plagued 2014 season and was even benched by Trestman for Week 16. It was wondered if the benching was a sign that the Bears were ready to move on from Cutler, despite the large contract they signed him to in the offseason. The answer is unknown now that Trestman and Emery have been fired. The new GM and coach will need to decide Cutler's fate quickly, as the QB is guaranteed more money if still on the roster March 13.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 10:31am EST
Jay Cutler threw for 172 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. He added 3 rushes for 39 yards, including a 22 yard scramble. He didn't throw an interception or touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Jay surprised us all by not throwing a pick in the season finale. He appeared to be going through the motions, and his lack of touchdowns would support that. This could be his last game with the Bears, if they are able to unload his contract on another team. It could boost his value going forward, if the new team had a better O-line. If Jay remains with the Bears, he will drop on the 2015 draft boards.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 5:00pm EST
Due to Jimmy Clausen's concussion, Jay Cutler will get the starting nod against the Vikings on Sunday. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Cutler has been given a chance to prove himself to the other 31 teams for next season. With his benching last week, the Bears are looking to move on in the offseason. His presence should boost Bennett's output as Clausen glossed over him. Start him in a pinch. The Vikings allowed 37 points by the Dolphins last week.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 6:44pm EST
Bears QB Jay Cutler will not start on Sunday against the Lions. Jimmy Clausen will get the nod. The move is performance related and not due to any injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: With the Bears in shambles, Cutler is most likely done for the season as the team wants to see what they have in Clausen and rookie David Fales. This could also signal that Cutler's time in a Bears uniform has come to an end as well. Cutler is owed $15.5M next season, but the Bears may be willing to take on a big chunk of the salary if they find a taker for Cutler.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Dec 16th 10:46am EST
Jay Cutler threw for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 3 interceptions, while being sacked 7 times. His 20 rushing yards came on his lone carry.
Fantasy Impact: Ugly. The only word to describe this game. Cutler looked lost without Brandon Marshall. Rob Ryan continued to dial up defense that frustrated Cutler and forced bad throws. His 2 TDs in the last quarter, bailed out an otherwise putrid performance. Next week against Detroit doesn't look any better. High QB2 next week. Look at other more consistent options.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 10:20am EST
Jay Cutler threw for 341 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He added 9 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Well, his performance as a whole will keep the boo birds out in Chicago. From a fantasy perspective, he did better than expected. If you played him on your fantasy playoff team, he set your team up for victory, (depending on your Sunday starters). Any concerns that his success is dependent on Brandon Marshall should be wiped out, after Marshall left the game in the 2nd quarter. Next week, the Bears host the Saints who are in the middle of a division race. Cutler should be started in most leagues. Don't expect more rushing touchdowns, but a 2-3 touchdown performance, 300+ yards and a pair of interceptions is what you can expect.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 7:26am EST
Jay Cutler threw for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw 2 interceptions, while being sacked 3 times.
Fantasy Impact: This is par for the course for Cutler. A two touchdown, two interception day is what most fantasy owners expect for his floor. He filled his role admirably. It most certainly won't help the Bears win a game, but it has become a pretty bankable performance. The Bears play the Cowboys next Thursday night.
By Austin Van Ryn, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 8:52am EST
Jay Cutler threw for 13 completions for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Cutler lost a fumble in the game as well. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: It was a rough outing that got the Bears a win, but didn't help many fantasy owners. The offense stalled often, but was bailed out by the 4 turnovers created by their defense. Things won't get easier, as the Bears travel to Detroit for a game on Thankgiving.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 8:29am EST
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears got their first home win of the season Sunday by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 21-13. Cutler finished with 330 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Cutler is a borderline top 10 fantasy quarterback still. He has the potential to be great, but turnovers continue to hurt his stats.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 9:27am EST
The Chicago Bears were embarrassed on Sunday Night Football by the Green Bay Packers. Jay Cutler has another bad performance with 272 passing yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and one fumble loss. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: It is becoming clear who the Chicago Bears really are as a team and it is disappointing for a team with so much talent. Cutler has a hard time avoiding turnovers, which continues to keep him out of the top 10 quarterbacks.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Nov 4th 1:43pm EST
Coach Marc Trestman said "Jay Cutler may be throwing more while on the move." They are "going to try to do some different things for him to help him." Cutler is a great athlete, everyone agrees on that. But his accuracy and decision making has been questionable this season. (Source: ESPN Chicago
Fantasy Impact: The Chicago Bears definitely need to try different things as teams are now aware how to stop the Bears. Cutler remains just outside the top 12 quarterbacks due to his turnover tendencies, but if he cuts those down, he is easily a top 7 option.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 9:03am EDT
Jay Cutler had a decent day on Sunday but it would not matter as the Chicago Bears were crushed by the New England Patriots. Cutler finished 20/30 with 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Cutler remains a borderline top 10 quarterback. He has the weapons but is very prone to turnovers. The Bears are on bye week 9, which allows them to get healthy and revamp their team to make a much needed push for the playoffs.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 4:56pm EDT
During an online chat, Bears General Manager Phil Emery defended Jay Culter as a "winning quarterback." (Source: ProFootball Talk
Fantasy Impact: It is always a good sign when the General Manager still has the back of the franchise quarterback regardless of the team's record and words from the media/fans. Cutler ranks just outside the Top 10 quarterbacks in the league for fantasy purposes.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:17am EDT
Jay Cutler led the Chicago Bears to another disappointing home loss on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He was 21 for 34 with 190 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He also fumbled three times, luckily only one was a turnover. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: It is pretty obvious when Cutler struggles, the Bears lose. Turnovers have been a main issue all season long with Cutler. With all these offensive weapons, Cuter and the Bears should be flourishing. The turnovers are what is keeping Cutler just out of a weekly top 10 fantasy option.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 7:59pm EDT
Jay Cutler led the Chicago Bears to a victory on Sunday at Atlanta. He finished with 26 completions on 38 attempts with 381 yards, 1 touchdown, and no turnovers. His Quarterback rating was a solid 109.6. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: When Cutler has no or few turnovers, the Bears tend to win. The strong performance at Atlanta is exactly what the Bears needed to bounce back and get on the right track. Cutler is a must start Week 7 at home against Miami Dolphins.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 3:29am EDT
In the first half versus the Panthers, Jay Cutler led the Bears to 21 points, totaling 3 TDs on his own (2 passing, 1 rushing). The second half was a completely different story. 3 punts, 3 turnovers and 1 field goal was all the Cutler led offense could provide in the second half, as the Bears lost 31-24. Cutler finished 28 for 36 with 289 passing yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Cutler is proving to be a great first half QB as he was well on his way to a huge fantasy game with all 3 of his TDs coming early. In the second half, the 4th quarter especially, Cutler and the Bears imploded with 3 turnovers. Cutler keeps churning out the solid fantasy performances, averaging 259 yards and over 2 TD passing per game. Cutler will continue to be a low end QB1 against Atlanta in Week 6.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 4:07pm EDT
In a huge rivalry game versus Green Bay, Jay Cutler had an up and down game leading to a blowout loss. While Cutler passed for 2 TDs and 256 yards, he also had 2 big second half interceptions that changed momentum. Cutler also added 29 yards rushing.
Fantasy Impact: In the first half, it looked like Cutler was going to have a monster game. Passing for 2 TDs and 170+ yards already, Cutler lead the Bears on a last minute drive before halftime, looking for more. On a controversial call, Martellus Bennett was ruled one yard short of the end zone as time expired. Coming out at halftime, Jay was a completely different QB. Throwing only 80 yards and 2 INTs in the second half before eventually getting pulled for Jimmy Clausen, due to the blowout score. This type of game is what you can expect from Culter all year long. The big passing numbers leading the Bear's high powered offense can provide. While also committing the big turnovers that limit his fantasy success. With all that being said, Cutler is still a QB1 that you want to start every week. Look for another chance for a big game next week in Carolina, who were just torched by Joe Flacco for 300+ yards and 3 scores.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 1:16am EDT
Jay Cutler had another respectable performance Monday night. Cutler was 23 for 38 with 225 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for 14 yards and lost 1 fumble.
Fantasy Impact: Cutler played most of the second quarter without his favorite target, Brandon Marshall, who re-injured his right ankle. Marshall was also clearly not himself the second half, as he finished with only 1 catch. Cutler was also under a lot of pressure, as the Jets were sending a great deal of blitzes at him all night. Cutler was sacked 4 times and hit 8 times. Under those circumstances, the old Jay Cutler would of had multiple turnovers and cost his team the game. It seems Head Coach Marc Trestman has reigned in Cutler's tendency for turnovers, as the QB only has had only 1 fumble and no interceptions in the last 2 games. Expect Cutler to remain a solid QB1 next week as the Bears renew their rivalry with Green bay.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 12:12am EDT
Jay Cutler started off slow against the 49ers Sunday night, but brought the Bears roaring back for the comeback victory in San Francisco. The injuries to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were apparent early as the Bears fell behind 17-0. In what became a signature game, Cutler rallied the Bears to a 28-20 win finishing with a modest 176 yards passing but 4 TD passes. The QB even led the Bears in rushing yards with 27.
Fantasy Impact: Expectations were low for Cutler, facing a tough defense and quite possibly missing his top 2 receiving weapons. While Cutler may not of had the big passing yardage numbers, he did finish with 4 TDs. More importantly, the QB had zero turnovers and finished as the 2nd highest scoring QB, so far, in Week 2. Look for Cutler to be a must start next week in New York as the Bears face the Jets on Monday Night Football.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 3:12pm EDT
Jay Cutler's top 2 targets, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, are listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus San Francisco. No. 3 WR Josh Morgan is doubtful as well, leaving Santonio Holmes as the only healthy WR on the Bears roster. (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Obviously with the possibility of big targets Marshall and Jeffery missing an already tough matchup, Cutler is not an ideal option to start this Sunday. Even if both WRs play, they could be limited, leaving TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte as Jay's only familiar passing options. All of the uncertainty, coupled with the Sunday night start, has Cutler as my QB15 for Week 2. QBs to consider picking up or playing over Cutler include Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton and Jake Locker.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 9:30pm EDT
In a disappointing overtime loss to Buffalo, Jay Cutler threw for 349 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. The QB was also sacked 2 times in a very uneven performance.
Fantasy Impact: Cutler showed why many weren't falling for the breakout season hype. While he did look impressive while throwing for big yardage numbers, Cutler had the typical head scratching turnovers. Admittedly his first interception appeared to be the fault of TE Martellus Bennett running the wrong route and he was without the services of Alshon Jeffery the entire second half. But his second pick was on a questionable throw directly to a defensive lineman. Things don't look up for Cutler in Week 2 either. As Chicago faces a San Francisco defense who embarrassed Tony Romo and the Cowboys this week.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 1:12pm EDT
Jay Cutler and the Bears passing attack will be tested in Week 1 by a tough Bills pass defense that finished in the top 5 in 2013. Cutler is projected to throw for 272 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. (Source: FantasyPros
Fantasy Impact: While Buffalo was 4th overall against the pass in 2013, they were a dreadful 28th versus the run. Cutler's biggest obstacle on Sunday could be a game plan that centers around RB Matt Forte instead of the passing game. Although, with the Bears shaky on defense and with Coach Trestman's love of the passing game, expect Cutler to still have plenty of opportunities to sling it around. Around a top 10 finish would be a safe expectation for Week 1.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 12:11am EDT
In what is usually the final tune up for the starters before the regular season, Cutler came out flat in Seattle. Playing only the first half he failed to lead the Bears to any points in 4 drives. On the final drive Cutler had thrown a TD pass that was wiped out due to a questionable offensive pass interference penalty. Unfortunately the next play Cutler made one of his typical mistakes and tried to force a pass into tight coverage.The veteran QB finished 12 for 20 for 157 yards and an interception.
Fantasy Impact: While it was a bad performance for Cutler, this was the top defense in 2013. His offensive line didn't help him out either as Seattle was in Cutler's face consistently. Cutler got sacked for the first time all preseason as well. Also, most of Cutler's passes were on the mark with Marshall and Jefferey having a few drops that you hope they would not have in the regular season. On the downside his interception was what you worry about with Cutler: bad decision making that leads to turnovers. After a couple of solid preseason games, Cutler showed why he is still a low end QB1 as he flashes big play ability but can be very inconsistent and prone to red zone turnovers. I would keep him ranked around the 12th QB as he won't be playing against the Super Bowl champs every week.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 9:14pm EDT
In a quarter and half versus Jacksonville, Cutler was only on the field for 13 plays. He was very effective in those 13 plays going 7 for 9 with 75 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: In limited play Cutler looked sharp on his throws and his movement in the pocket. His play in the preseason has done nothing to damper expectations and still stands as a great late round quarterback (currently going about round 9), to take a flier on.
By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 11:46am EDT
Offensive Coordinator, Aaron Kromer stated, "Jay has learned to solve his own problems on the field. He seems quicker at making his reads. He knew the playbook last year, but this year everything is moving at a faster pace for him." In the first preseason game, Cutler lead the Bears on a 69-yard scoring drive that finished with a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Zach Miller. Look for the offense to continue this success in their next preseason game on Thursday night. (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Playing in the same system year after year is important in today's NFL; look at Manning, Brady, and Brees. In year two of Trestman's offense, Cutler should be an excellent sleeper in this year's fantasy drafts. Cutler has an ADP of No. 14 among QB's and No. 101 overall. If he stays healthy, Cutler could put up top 5 fantasy numbers in this offense; making his draft value extremely high if grabbed in the later rounds.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 12:02am EDT
In the Bears first preseason game versus the Eagles, Jay Cutler put up an efficient performance. The QB was 9 for 13 for 85 yards and a touchdown. Cutler also did not take a sack or turn the ball over.
Fantasy Impact: For players who have their starting roles locked up, like Cutler, the first preseason game can hurt more than help their fantasy value. Cutler's efficient play against the Eagles did nothing to damper the expectations put on the QB. Cutler is currently about the 13th QB being taken in drafts. With his potential for a breakout season, Cutler is a great choice to use in a quarterback by committee strategy.
By Anthony Fashoda, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 3:45pm EDT
In an interview with NFL Media's Michael Irvin, Brandon Marshall said Jay Cutler will be this year's league MVP. "He is correcting the coaches. This is his offense." (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: Although that is a bold statement from Marshall, Cutler has the weapons to be a great quarterback this season. If healthy all 16 games, Cutler could put up career numbers. A healthy Cutler may end up a top 5 quarterback and with a current round 9/10 average draft position (ADP), Cutler could be a steal.
By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 5:13pm EDT
Jay Cutler realizes expectations are high for the Chicago offense this upcoming season, but knows to be careful about becoming over confident. Cutler told reporters, "I think everyone in the NFL is confident right now... That includes us. But that doesn't guarantee us anything." (Source: Chicagobears.com
Fantasy Impact: With all the starters returning on what was the second-highest scoring offense last year, many are projecting career year numbers from Cutler. The Bears signal caller is currently being drafted as a fringe starter in 12 team leagues, but has the potential of being one of this years breakout fantasy stars if he can stay healthy.
By Blaine Blontz, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Jul 18th 6:51pm EDT
Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestment is extremely impressed with quarterback Jay Cutler's growth this offseason. Trestman told reporters, including Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, that Cutler is "a very proactive person in terms of inserting himself in all areas." (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Chicago was certainly hoping for some 'growth' coming off Cutler's seven-year, $126-million deal. It's to be determined if this is coach speak or if Cutler is truly ready to take a step forward.
By Blaine Blontz, Bears Correspondent, Fri, Jul 18th 6:50pm EDT
Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestment is extremely impressed with quarterback Jay Cutler's growth this offseason. Trestman told reporters, including Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, that Cutler is "a very proactive person in terms of inserting himself in all areas of this building to help." (Source: Chicago Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Chicago was certainly hoping for some 'growth' coming off Cutler's seven-year, $126-million deal. It's to be determined if this is coach speak or if Cutler is truly ready to take a step forward.
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