Drafting a quarterback with one of your top picks can be risky. The Chicago Bears are discovering that the hard way. They drafted Mitchell Trubisky several seasons ago and Trubisky hasn’t turned into the franchise quarterback they were hoping he’d be. If there’s anyone who can understand what Trubisky is going through, it’s Jay Cutler.
Cutler was the once-maligned quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Now that he’s retired and Trubisky is struggling, Cutler had some advice for him.
Jay Cutler career overview
The Denver Broncos drafted Jay Cutler with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Cutler played for the Broncos for three seasons before the team traded him to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton.
In his first season in Chicago, Cutler led the league in interceptions with 26. Cutler never quite cross the threshold of becoming a great quarterback — he was always somewhere ranging from mediocre to very good. One example of that is Cutler’s win-loss record: he went 51-51 in a Bears uniform.
Here are Cutler’s career accomplishments:
- Win-loss record of 74-79
- Completed 62% of his passes
- 35,133 passing yards
- 7.1 yards per attempt
- 227 touchdowns
- 160 interceptions
- One-time Pro Bowl selection
After eight seasons in Chicago, Jay Cutler played one more in Miami where he led the Dolphins to a 6-8 record. After that, he retired.
Mitchell Trubisky career overview
The Bears selected Trubisky with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky has shown flashes of potential, but last season especially was disappointing. Here’s what he’s been able to accomplish in three seasons as the starter in Chicago:
- Win-loss record of 23-18
- Completed 63.4% of his passes
- 8,554 passing yards
- 6.7 yards per attempt
- 48 touchdown passes
- One-time Pro Bowl selection
So far, Trubisky has only been able to lead the Bears to the playoffs once. In 2018 they won the NFC North. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. Last year was quite a regression for Trubisky. He threw 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 starts. He had a quarterback rating of 83.
Trubisky has had his fair share of critics in Chicago, but for now, the team looks to be sticking with him. They can’t have him on that long of a leash, however — Trubisky has shown little to instill confidence in the team. It wouldn’t be surprising if they went for a big-name free agent quarterback like Philip Rivers to step in as the starter this year.
Jay Cutler has been where Trubisky is before. What could he possibly say to him to help?
The important advice Jay Cutler gave Mitchell Trubisky
Jay Cutler’s advice to Trubisky is simple: “Don’t read anything.” Cutler’s point is for Trubisky to avoid exposure to the negative media coverage he may experience.
Cutler has a great point. Trubisky will receive poor coverage in the media if he continues to play poorly. But the bottom line is that reading it won’t do him any good.
The only way he’ll improve is by focusing on what he can control and what his coaches tell him. He can also practice harder and watch more game film. Paying attention to naysayers won’t offer him anything in the way of constructive criticism. It will just be noise designed to be negative for the sake of being negative.
Will Trubisky listen to that advice? It’s unclear. But he’d be wise to do so. If he wants to have a chance at a solid career, he’ll heed Cutler’s words and tune out the negative influences while focusing on nothing but getting better on the field.