Why the 49ers Should Steer Clear and Far Away from QB Jay Cutler

Recently on Niners Live we discussed: Why the 49ers Should Not Sign Free Agent To-Be WR Alshon Jeffery and now we’re back again to tell you why the 49ers should steer clear and far away from quarterback Jay Cutler.


There’s been some speculation lately regarding the 49ers having potential interest in or pursuing, according to NFL insider Jason Cole of Bleacher Report or predicting via ESPN.com, current quarterback who stands at 6’3” and weighing at 225lbs, and goes by the name Jay Cutler, soon to be 34 this April, of the Chicago Bears may end up on the 49ers’ roster as a starting quarterback in 2017 as a short-term/temporary stop/gap solution. Why? Maybe because of the connection with Kyle Shanahan’s dad Mike Shanahan who traded up to select Cutler out of Vanderbilt in 2006. In their last year together, Cutler threw for over 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2008, his lone Pro Bowl selection. Or is it the connection between new general manager John Lynch who in 2009 had this to say regarding Cutler:

“I like Jay, he’s a friend of mine,” Lynch said. “He had some growing up to do, probably still has to me growing up to do. But in saying that, I think the Broncos erred in letting him go.

“This is a guy, in my mind, that’s a once-in-every-15-year-type talent. He’s got that kind of skill. I think he’ll grow into the other things. I sometimes think during this whole ordeal, they tried to paint him as a bad guy, but he’s not a bad guy at all. He’s got some growing up to do, but hopefully, he learned something from this whole ordeal and offseason.” Via content.usatoday.com.  Or, simply put, it could just be all of the above as aforementioned, and the fact that there aren’t a lot of options on the free agent market for quarterbacks (slim pickings, to say the least) only spurs on the speculation and the dots forming their connections.

Colin Cowherd of the show, “The Herd,” refers to Cutler as the new Jeff George who had a strong arm and was a talented football thrower, but was never a winner or a leader. Ex-49ers’ linebacker Bill Romanowski echoed those same sentiments and went so far as to say Cutler was a loner and an average quarterback at best.

What’s on Cutler’s resume, you ask? How about his career numbers at a glance: 32, 467 passing yards at 7.2 yards gained per pass attempt with a 61.9 completion %, 208 passing touchdowns, 146 interceptions, a QB rating of 85.7 to go with 1,650 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns on the ground, including 139 career starts. Not bad, right? Some might even say impressive, but wait, there’s more. Let’s also add 21 4th quarter comebacks, 25 game-winning drives, and ten coming over the last six years, respectively. Not to be outdone, Cutler led the Bears to the NFC Championship game VS Green Bay Packers in 2010 that ended in defeat 21-14. Via ESPN.com.

Cutler, once upon a time, was a Pro Bowl caliber player and has always been known for his rocket/talented arm which you can’t take away from Cutler. However, you can’t mention his name without telling his full history/story of his up and down career.

Why the 49ers should steer clear and far away from QB Jay Cutler:

How’s Cutler’s decision-making?

Quarterback Jay Cutler is one of the worst decision makers in NFL history. Don’t believe us? We thought you might say that or have doubt. Let’s put it to you like this, shall we? Cutler has 146 career interceptions with 26 being his career highest in one season (2009) and in 2014, he totaled 18 both and led the league, by the way. How about a flashback video that fans can relate to? Featuring defensive back Jimmie Ward?

Did you know Cutler ranks 7th all-time on the “currently active” interception list? How about all-time NFL history? He’s tied for 61st with quarterback Chris Chandler, via www.profootballreference.com.

Is Jay Cutler a winner? Former player, Super Bowl Champion, and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe doesn’t think so. Listen to what Sharpe had to say.

Cutler doesn’t bring a winning culture/tradition to the San Francisco 49ers’ team or organization/franchise’s table. Why not? Cutler, as a starter during his career with all his arm talent in the world, had a win/loss record of 68-71. With the Denver Broncos, Cutler was 17-20 and the Bears 51-51, respectively. Cutler had only had two winning seasons in his entire career in which he went 10-5 twice in the 2010 and 2012 seasons. How many playoff appearances? He’s had one season in which he’s reached the playoffs in his 11-year career, as aforementioned his 2010 season.

How’s Jay Cutler’s body language and demeanor?

Ok, here’s where you have to throw stats/analytics out the window and what all the experts will tell you. Period, point, blank—Cutler has got to have the most uninspiring body language/demeanor than any starting quarterback in NFL or in general, and you can make a case for top 20 in NFL history. And we’re being kind here. Think it’s just our opinion, do you? We thought you might say that, so we took the liberty to provide clear evidence to help prove our point. “Eyes wide open.”

For starters, let’s go back in time to 2009. Here’s what former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason says he thinks Cutler’s teammates are noticing, too.

“He’s had a terrible year, his body language stinks, his decision making stinks,” Esiason said today on WSCR in Chicago, per the Chicago Tribune. “He makes a bad play, you can see it in his face, you can see it in his body language.”

“The quarterback’s No. 1 job for any football team is to inspire confidence in his teammates, to make them believers,” Esiason said. “Somehow they have got to get his confidence back.”

How about we move along to 2012, shall we? “The full Jay Cutler Body Language Experience was on display Thursday night in Green Bay. Moping, anger, pointing, disappointment, cockiness, slumped shoulders, lack of passion, disinterest. All there for the nation to see in plain sight.” Via ESPN.com.

What did a former teammate Adewale Ogunleye have to say about Cutler? See for yourself.

“If you are not doing your job, yeah, someone should be allowed to get in your face,” said Ogunleye on WSCR-AM’s the “Mully & Hanley Show” on Friday, via the Chicago Tribune. “But if you live in a glass house, you can’t throw any stones. So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball (four) times to their defenders. And you’ve got to have some sense of accountability. At the end of the day, you start losing the the respect of the offensive line when publicly you’re bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don’t think it is the right thing to do.”

Ogunleye said Cutler would get his “butt beat” if he wasn’t the star quarterback of the Bears.

“The problem with Jay is we’re not sure about his emotions,” Ogunleye said. “The only thing we see is when he is really angry. Even when he does a really good job he doesn’t show a sense of happiness.

“There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling. All we see is when he is pissed off when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves. Tom Brady can be the biggest diva in the world — he has that right, he has won Super Bowls — but he is not that guy. I think that is why he is even more likeable.”

What’s Cutler’s personality?

You had to ask that question, didn’t you? Cutler is one of the most hated players in NFL history, at least according to Sporting News.

Two words: “Don’t care!”

“Cutler is the type of guy who might give you the bird while walking his dog down the street. Wait … that happened. Cutler’s body language and don’t-give-a-you-know-what attitude have been over-analyzed for a decade, but Smokin’ Jay is still out there slinging away for the Bears as part of a seven-year, $126.7 million contract. He’ll be around for a little while.”

Fast forward to the Bears’ first preseason game in 2016, Cutler’s “body language/demeanor.”


How did Cutler’s performance, attitude, and demeanor win over the locker room during his 2016 NFL season campaign before going out on injured reserve with a torn labrum, via www.foxsports.com? Not good at all. In fact, Mike Freeman, an NFL Columnist, says Cutler lost most of the locker room and teammates had given up on him.

Allow me to leave you with this:

Jay Cutler is coming off a torn labrum/thumb injury in which he missed 11 games in 2016 and 25 games over his 11-year career. He’s shown over the course of his career a lack of leadership skills, erratic play, passion/desire for football, poor decision-making, a lackluster demeanor, and body language that doesn’t inspire men to follow him onto the battlefield. Even though the 49ers need a veteran signal caller with the potential to opt out by current 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers can’t afford to go down this road with Cutler, even though it could or would be a desperate one. The domino effect it could have on this 49ers’ roster/locker room, which is fairly young, would be a disaster and a major setback while undermining the latest theme of championship/winning culture.  Cutler doesn’t give you that nor does he bring that to the table.

On a Niners Live side note: Recently on Niners Live, we’ve discussed: Is the Pursuit of Kirk Cousins Helping His Future Contract Negotiations?

 Like always: keep your eyes wide open, 49er fans. Niners Live will be watching with you. #eyeswideopen and often imitated but never duplicated… Go Niners.

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