Jay Cutler Looks to Retire and Join Fox
Jay Cutler, veteran quarterback, has followed the lead of Tony Romo and looks set to pursue career opportunities off-field.
Cutler, formerly quarterback for the Chicago Bears, is likely to announce that he is retiring after 11 seasons, and will possibly accept a FOX broadcasting job –adding a suitable conclusion to one of the most unusual career arcs the modern NFL has seen.
Retirement May Not be the Right Word
Cutler released a statement on Friday, via ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, that said that he didn’t know whether or not “retirement” was the right word for what he was doing. He went on to say that he did not feel than anyone can really do that when it comes to the NFL, and that players are either forced to leave, or lose the desire to keep doing what is necessary in order to keep on going. He also stated that he was between those two situations currently.
Cutler expressed his gratitude to those who had helped him over the years, and mentioned the wonderful support his parents and coaches had given him since his tackle football days at 10-years old.
Cutler to Fill in for John Lynch
FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager has said that the network employed Cutler to join Charles Davis and Kevin Burkhardt in the booth in order to fill the empty spot John Lynch left after he became the GM of the San Francisco 49ers. His 1st assignment looks to be the preseason game coming up between the Tennessee Titans and the Bears, which is heating up sports betting in NZ and the rest of the world already.
Cutler Not Typical for Broadcasting
Earlier on in the offseason, Tony Romo rejected possible free agency interest in order to accept a CBS job, but he has had a far more amicable relationship with media during his Dallas Cowboys days. Cutler, on the other hand, became famous for being distant, with memes with statements like Jay Cutler Don’t Care being very popular.
This aloof personality is not typical of those in the world of broadcasting to be sure, but Cutler’s 11-season career in the NFL saw many other contradictions too.
Cutler Improved But the Bears Did Not
Cutler did not live up to the hype that saw the Bears ship 2 first-round picks, and more, to Denver in 2009. This quarterback famous for his strong arm went 34 – 22 in his 1st 4 seasons in Chicago, but never managed to post a QB rating higher than 87. This painted him as passable player despite the continued protestations from his team that he was a superstar.
Cutler’s play got better over the years, but his team’s did not. He displayed improved accuracy and often managed big plays downfield, despite a continuous change in offensive coordinators. The Bears’ lack of consistency, however, soon saw the franchise drop to the bottom of the standings of the NFC North. Chicago eventually bottomed out in 2016, winning only 3 games last fall whilst swapping Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley and Cutler in at the quarterback position.