Cutler Out – Now What?

I’m sure you all heard the disheartening news that Cutler (#6) may be out for the rest of the regular season due to a fractured thumb in his throwing hand.  According to an interview with WBBM this morning, Lovie Smith has confirmed that Cutler does have a fractured thumb based on X-Rays taken on Sunday night after the game.  He would not confirm, however, that Cutler would be out for the rest of the regular season.  He told Josh Liss of WBBM this morning, “I’m not going to play doctor” when asked about the extent of Cutler’s injury and how long he would be out.  I would think it’s safe to say he’s out for the rest of the season, only because he’s going to have to have surgery to repair the fracture and need healing time to get full range of motion in his thumb.

I want to be clear though, Cutler is a real soldier.  He finished the game with a hurt thumb, and after getting kneed in the head by a moron Charger.  He is the epitomy of what the Chicago Bears are, tough, strong football players willing to put their bodies on the line for a “W”.  There are only a few players in the recent past that have played with Cutler’s heart.  Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, Hillenmeyer, Waddle, and these are just off the top of my head.  I’m sure there are some missing from this list, but what you won’t find is a QB on that list.  I don’t recall having a QB that was willing to lead block for the running back, get up after 5 sacks and play 100%, or throw with the power and accuracy of Jay Cutler.  Let’s all hope he heals quick and get’s back in the saddle.

So the next question is, what about Caleb Hanie (#12)?  Well what about him.  he through a couple of touchdowns in the Playoff game against the Packers last season.  And an interception to Raji…  Anyway, other than that, there isn’t much that can be said about him.  From his short performance in the Playoff game, he seems like he could be a solid QB, but its just conjecture at this point.  His stats are light too, only dating back to 2009.  He’s played in a total of 5 regular games completing a total of 8 regular season passes for a whopping 66 yards, and 0 touchdowns.  I’m not trying to knock the guy, just laying out the facts.  I know every QB starts with a clean slate, just look at Brady for the Pats, he came of the bench and was a rock star from the beginning.  Let’s hope Hanie can do the same.  Get the Bears to the Playoffs and he’ll make believers out of us Bears Fans.

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