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Bears' 60-second rant: Bears have made it hard for Cutler to succeed

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By Dan Parr

The Jay Cutler bandwagon that was brimming with exuberant Bears fans a little more than 18 months ago has much room on it these days.

People are jumping off in bunches after his four-interception performance in a loss to the Redskins on Sunday. Some continue to question whether trading Kyle Orton, two first-round picks and swapping a third-rounder for a fifth-round choice in the Cutler deal a year-and-a-half ago was a good move.

It's especially hard for some to fathom the trade as the Broncos' Orton is ranked second in the league in passing yards with an 11-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Cutler is tied for 14th in passing yards and has thrown just as many interceptions as he has TDs (seven).

Chicago has gone 10-12 in the games Cutler has started since the trade.

Those numbers tell a disappointing story.

I was in favor of the Cutler deal when the Bears made it, and I still think it was the right move to make.

The sad thing for Cutler is that Bears have done so little to help him on the field. He has been put in a spot that is hard to succeed in with an offensive line that has left him looking jittery in the pocket.

Cutler seems smart enough to absorb three offenses in three seasons, as he has done in the last years with a trio of offensive coordinators, so I don't buy that as an excuse.

His current coordinator, however, isn't doing him any favors with his refusal to fully commit to the running game in situations when it would make sense to do so. Mike Martz has put Cutler in tough situations and it's wearing on the quarterback.

It's easy to see why some are regretting the decision to trade for Cutler today. But that deal wasn't a mistake — what the Bears have done for a player that went to the Pro Bowl the season before he arrived in Chicago should be hard for Bears fans to forgive.

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