Jay Cutler was good in Pretend Game 2 for the Bears. One week earlier, he was bad. And here's what both mean:
Even a month into the real season, it will be too early to rate Cutler's play. For that matter, Dec. 1 also will be too early.
Right now, here's what we know for sure about Jay Cutler:
He has a great arm. He is an excellent athlete. He can be a selfish jerk at times. He can be a decent teammate at times. He went to Vanderbilt, which seems to be the Bears' favorite developmental team. He wears No. 6. He is rich and is bound to get richer.
Oh, and one more thing: He has proven precious little as an NFL QB.
Last Oct. 5, the Broncos were 4-1 and Cutler had ratings of 93.3 or better in four of the team's five games. He had 10 TDs and only 4 INTs. He undoubtedly was one of the league's top QBs.
From that point on, Denver went 4-7. Cutler had only four games with ratings higher than 78. His 15 TDs were offset by 14 INTs.
Needing to win only one of their final three games to make the playoffs, the Broncos lost all three - by a combined score of 112-54. In the process, Cutler whizzed himself: 2 TDs, 4 INTs, 0 playoffs.
Then, during the offseason, he overreacted to the Broncos’ failed pursuit of Matt Cassel, finally pouting and whining his way from Denver to Chicago.
The expectations and hopes and dreams of Bears fans? Those tell us nothing about the latest Bears Savior.
All we know for certain is that the one time Jay Cutler had a chance to carry his team, he failed. Then he bailed.
Best Bears QB since Sid Luckman? Ask me again in February, OK?