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NFL Analysis: What's Next for Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears?

Just when the Chicago offense finally gets their crap together on a consistent basis, Jay Cutler goes and breaks his thumb; on his throwing hand.

I’ve seen a couple of conflicting reports about when the fractured actually occurred. One report said it happened on an interception return by San Diego’s Antoine Cason in the fourth quarter. Another (and this one has video evidence, sort of) suggests that the fracture occurred late in the second quarter  when Chargers’ LB Travis LaBoy struck J6’s right hand with his helmet. As you can see, after the play Cutler looks at his hand, shakes it and then his head.

What’s the big deal – if it’s broken and he misses the reported 6-8 weeks, it is what it is, right? Except there is a big difference; let me explain. Cutler played the entire game. So, if he fractured his thumb in the second quarter, yet continued to play for the rest of the game, it’s possible that’s it’s not as bad as what is being reported, and maybe he misses little to no time at all. If that’s a little too positive, I apologize. I’m holding on to any slither of hope there is. I mean, have you actually seen Caleb Hanie play? And don’t give me that BS about the NFC Championship game from last year. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

The truth is without Cutler the Bears offense takes a massive hit. Cutler has been playing the best football of his career the last few weeks. The line is protecting him, the receivers are catching for him, and then there’s PayForte.

Of course the social media sites whipped themselves into a frenzy with the Brett Favre talk, but I think people just have a sick obsession with Favre and no matter how much they tell you they hate him, he always seems to be the first name brought up in a situation like this.

Since the trade deadline passed several weeks ago, options outside of Chicago’s roster are limited. One name that surfaced late Sunday night was Marc Bulger, who retired last year but played for Bear’s offensive coordinator Mike Martz in St. Louis. I think the chances of this happening are about as good as mine are winning Powerball.

There’s always this year’s fifth round draft pick Nathan Enderle to back up Hanie, or start need be…and moving on…

The bright side? The Bears’ remaining schedule goes a little something like this: @ Oakland, vs. Kansas City, @ Denver, vs. Seattle, @ Green Bay, and @ Minnesota. Essentially, look at it like the hot Bears D will go up against Palmer, Palko, Tebow, Jackson, Rodgers, and Ponder. I’m not holding my breath for a win in that Christmas matchup at Lambeau, unless somehow Aaron Rodgers magically appears on the Bears’ roster, but the rest of the schedule is favorable for Brian and the boys.

And you know, we have Forte. I’m sure his offensive participation will jump from the 77% it is now to 97%. If he could take snaps in some sort of Wildbear formation it would be ever better. And that fake punt pass by Adam Podlesh wasn’t too bad, never mind Craig Steltz dropped it.  Yeah, I think we’ve got options. We’ll be fine. Now, has anyone seen my medication?

Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc


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