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Timeline: Looking back on Jay Cutler's eight seasons with the Bears

Timeline: Looking back on Jay Cutler's eight seasons with the Bears

Jay Cutler’s time with the Bears has come to an end. Check out an overview of Cutler's eight seasons in Chicago:

2009        

Apr. 2: Bears trade Kyle Orton, 2009 first-and-third round selections, and 2010 first-rounder to the Denver Broncos for Cutler and a 2009 fifth-round pick.
 
Oct. 20: Five games into his first Bears season, Cutler is given a two-year, $30 million extension. Bears lose seven of next nine games on the way to 7-9 finish in Cutler’s only 16-game Bears season. Cutler leads NFL with 26 INT’s. Bears fire offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

2010

- Bears finish 11-5, including 10-5 in Cutler starts with Mike Martz as offensive coordinator.

2011

Jan. 16: Bears defeat the Seattle Seahawks for Cutler’s only career playoff win.
 
Jan. 23: Cutler injures knee, misses second half in loss to the Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship game.
 
Nov. 20: Cutler breaks right thumb attempting a tackle vs. the San Diego Chargers. Bears 7-3 with Cutler, fall to 8-8 under Caleb Hanie. Martz fired.

2012

- Phil Emery replaces Jerry Angelo as GM.

- Mike Tice installed as offensive coordinator, clashes with Cutler during 10-6 season. Lovie Smith fired along with Tice and staff.

2013

- Marc Trestman replaces Smith, Aaron Kromer hired as offensive coordinator, Bears open 4-2 with Cutler passer-rating of 90-plus in five of six games.

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Oct. 20: Cutler injures groin against the Washington Redskins, misses four games, Josh McCown excels. Cutler eventually returns to start over coaches’ preference for McCown.

2014

Jan. 2: Bears eschew franchise tag, sign Cutler for $126.7 million over seven years, $54 million guaranteed first three years.
 
Oct. 14: Emery calls Cutler “elite” by virtue of having a winning record as NFL starter.
 
Dec. 4: Bears crushed by the Dallas Cowboys. Kromer vents coaches’ frustration with Cutler to NFL reporter, later apologizes to Cutler and team.
 
Dec. 21: Cutler benched, Jimmy Clausen starts, suffers concussion vs. Detroit. Cutler reinstalled as starter.
 
Dec. 29: Emery fired along with Trestman and staff.

2015

- Ryan Pace hired as general manager, John Fox as head coach, Adam Gase as offensive coordinator. Cutler not endorsed as starter.

- Cutler posts career-best 92.3 passer rating.

2016     

- Gase leaves to be the Miami Dilphins head coach, replaced by Dowell Loggains.

Sept. 19: Cutler injures thumb, replaced for five games by Brian Hoyer.

Oct. 31: Cutler returns for three games, injures shoulder Nov. 20 vs. New York Giants. Out for season.

2017 

Mar. 9: Cutler released by Bears.

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is quickly becoming an icon in American sports. The two-time American League MVP is enjoying another dominant season batting .335 with 23 home runs and 48 RBI.

On Tuesday, he took a swing at what Bears fans may consider a shocking NFL prediction.

“I’ve got the Browns having a better record than the Bears,” Trout told a radio reporter, according to the Los Angeles Times. Trout's comments were made in response the reporter "talking up" Chicago.

Both the Browns and Bears have had productive offseasons that involved headline-grabbing acquisitions on offense. Cleveland drafted QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, traded for WR Jarvis Landry, signed RB Carlos Hyde and drafted a backfield mate for him in Georgia's Nick Chubb. They added potential lockdown corner Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick, too. Add all that to a motivated Josh Gordon ready to contribute for a full season, and there's good reason to be excited in Cleveland.

Still, it's hard imagining Trout can be that confident in a team that's won only one game over the last two seasons. And let's not forget what GM Ryan Pace has done this offseason, one that's been praised by analysts from all corners of the NFL universe. From new coach Matt Nagy to free-agent WR Allen Robinson and all the skill players in between, the Bears are ready to make a legitimate run in the NFC North.

Trout doesn't strike out much in the major leagues, but this prediction feels like it could be a back-straining whiff.

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is former Bears star Matt Forte going to be the team’s new running backs coach?

For now, that’s Charles London’s job, who was hired to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff earlier this year.

But on Tuesday night, Forte tweeted that he would like a coaching spot with Chicago sometime in the near future.

Serving as evidence, the now-retired running back responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which announced the Broncos’ hiring of former linebacker Demarcus Ware as a “pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis.” Forte tweeted at the Bears, saying that he is “available” to take on a similar role to Ware’s new Denver gig.

Forte’s tweet was relatively cryptic, and he never specified exactly what type of job he would want with the Bears. After finishing up a storied career this past season and solidifying his name as a Bears legend, Forte has proven that he could easily coach young running backs or even wide receivers at some point.

But isn’t this all just a joke?

Forte silenced the doubters by tweeting “I wasn’t joking” as a response to an article saying that his desire for a new occupation with the Bears was simply a gag. The former workhorse was also intrigued by a fan’s tweet asking “Coach Forte??”

The mere thought of having Forte back in Chicago with the Bears’ coaching staff sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy. In April, Forte came back to Halas Hall to ink his name on a one-day contract, successfully allowing him to retire as a Bear. Now, Forte wants a lengthier stay in the Windy City.

Ware’s role with Denver is not extensive by any means and, according to Schefter, he will work a pretty scattered schedule with Broncos players. What Forte’s role would look like with the Bears is completely unknown if his plan to coach becomes a reality.

Forte has the running back credentials to take on a coaching position. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte racked up a combined 8,602 rushing yards, second to only the great Walter Payton. Forte’s 4,116 receiving yards as a running back, 12,718 yards from scrimmage, 24 games with 100 rushing yards and 25 games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage also ranks second behind Payton.

Maybe this will be a new development in Chicago’s offseason plans, but there is no real talk of bringing one of the team’s all-time leading rushers back to the team as of right now.

Last month, NBC Sports Chicago announced Forte will be joining the network as a Bears game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. And we're not joking about that.