Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler has shared his strong opinions on the futures of both Ohio State and J.T. Barrett—and it’s not good for the Buckeyes.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace fired backup quarterback Brian Hoyer after three seasons and signed veteran Jay Cutler to back him up. Many fans, coaches and players, including longtime friend and former teammate Brandon Marshall, do not know what to think of the move.
The Chicago Bears face an interesting situation when the 2021 NFL season begins. They have veteran quarterback Andy Dalton and rookie quarterback Justin Fields, and both hope to start for the Bears this year. Dalton has proven to be more than a serviceable quarterback, but Fields has a chance to become a franchise player, so the quarterback competition between them should be quite intriguing. What does the former Bears star, who saw Jay Cutler as a potential Chicago franchise QB, have to say about the situation? He’s got a pretty strong opinion.
Are the Chicago Bears going to use Andy Dalton or Justin Fields?
. The Bears signed Dalton earlier in the season and named him the starter almost immediately. tweeted to his picture with QB1 on it. However, they also selected his potential replacement in Justin Fields at number 11 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Shortly after the draft, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said on ‘s The Rich Eisen Show that he could use his time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 as a model for the Dalton Fields situation. The Chiefs had Alex Smith on the team that year, backed by Patrick Mahomes before he finally became a key player for KC in 2018. Nagy also later said the Bears need to have a successful entry-level plan for Fields, according to NFL.com. Based on these comments, it looks like Dalton will be the Bears’ starter in Week 1, and that’s not a bad plan. Dalton has a 74-66-2 record as a starter, with 33,764 total yards and 218 touchdowns against 126 interceptions. Fields, meanwhile, has a chance to be a star after racing for 5,373 yards, scoring 63 touchdowns and throwing nine interceptions in 22 games at Ohio State. Given Fields’ lack of experience, it’s hard to say which QB is the best option for Chicago in 2021, but former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seems to have an opinion.
Jay Cutler thinks Justin Fields should sit for the Bears
(From left to right) Jay Cutler and Justin Fields. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Ralph Freso/Getty Images Cutler recently appeared on Waddle and Silvyand gave his thoughts on the Bears situation with Dalton and Fields. I wouldn’t let that guy play in the base, Cutler said of Fields, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. That’s where I’d start. I’d have him looked at. I think it’s just hard to throw someone out, especially in Chicago. And I think Andy is more than serviceable. I think they can win games with Andy and kind of hold up the ship until Fields is ready. Cutler understands Fields experienced pressure in college, but he doesn’t think it compares to the pressure he’ll face in the NFL. He was from Ohio State, Cutler said, according to the Chicago Tribune. He has played in big games before. So I don’t think he’ll mind. But I will say that this is not Ohio State. This is not college football. In the NFL, the playing field is leveled very quickly. You will be humble. Bad things will happen. You’ll just have to live with it. Cutler isn’t saying, however, that Fields doesn’t have the talent to become a star. He’s obviously talented, Cutler said, according to the Chicago Tribune. He can move. He knows how to throw. He won a lot at Ohio State. He seems a little upset, which isn’t a bad thing. But as we’ve said so many times, when you play quarterback (in the NFL), there are a lot of moving parts. The former Pro Bowler added that the Bears need to improve their offensive line and give Fields the weapons he needs to succeed. But whether he’s right or not, Cutler certainly knows the pressures of being a quarterback in the NFL, let alone in Chicago.
Jay Cutler’s experience proves he can be right in Chicago’sQB competition.
. If anyone knows how hard it is to succeed as an NFL quarterback, it’s Cutler. Like Fields, he also got the 11. Overall NFL Draft pick, but in 2006 and by the Denver Broncos. He spent three seasons with the Broncos and was a Pro Bowl honoree in 2008, but Denver traded him to the Bearcats in 2009. Although he had some success in Chicago and helped the Bears reach the NFC Championship in the 2010 season, Cutler struggled throughout his eight years with the team. He was 51-51 during those seasons and totaled 23,443 yards, 154 touchdowns and 109 interceptions. Cutler also led the NFL in interceptions in two different seasons. Fields has the potential to be much better than Cutler was, but if anyone knows how hard it is to be an NFL quarterback, it’s definitely Cutler. So maybe we should listen to his opinion on whether Fields should start or sit in 2021. statistics courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference. COMPARED TO: Patrick Mahomes could have a big impact on whether Justin Fields plays in his first year