ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden knows a thing or two about quarterbacks. He hosts a show called “Gruden QB Camp,” where the former NFL coach evaluates the incoming rookie quarterbacks and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.
Gruden said, during a “Monday Night Football” conference call on Thursday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won’t have a down season without former Bears receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie receiver Kevin White.
ESPN’s Jon Gruden on #Bears QB Jay Cutler during conference call: “I have a feeling that this is a good year for Jay.”— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 3, 2015
“I don’t think anybody would dispute the talent that Cutler possesses. He’s smart, he can run, and he can throw. He’s got to win some games. He’s got to win over the city. He’s got to win over the team. He’s got to be consistent, No. 1. He’s got to eliminate turnovers. Until he does, the Bears are going to hover around mediocrity. He has the talent to be great, but for whatever reason, Marc Trestman, Lovie Smith, name the coordinator, it hasn’t worked out yet, and I have a feeling that this is a good year for Jay.”
Cutler will try to improve on his 2014 campaign when he lead the NFL with 18 interceptions. With receivers Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson still sidelined due to injuries, it will be difficult for the Bears quarterback to have a successful season and make the playoffs, somewhere Cutler hasn’t been in four seasons.
Wihtout Cutler’s top three receivers, Gruden could be wrong about his prediction on Cutler’s 2015 season.