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:


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.


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


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.


- 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.


- 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.


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.


- 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.


- 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.


Mar. 9: Cutler released by Bears.

Under Center Podcast: Special guest Dave Wannstedt


Under Center Podcast: Special guest Dave Wannstedt

Dave Wannstedt joins host Laurence Holmes to discuss his friend Jimmy Johnson getting the nod to join the ranks of the all-time great coaches in the Hall of Fame. Later on, Dave discusses the Bear great Jimbo Covert getting into the Hall and what does Dave take away from the recent Bears hires mean.

(2:01) - Watching Jimmy Johnson getting into the Hall of Fame

(6:10) - Seeing Jimmy Johnson getting emotional on TV

(10:29) - Why Jimbo Covert is a Hall of Famer

(14:20) - Bears moving their training camp from Bourbonnais

(15:32) - Bear's new hires

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast


2020 Senior Bowl: Who will Bears scouts be watching?

2020 Senior Bowl: Who will Bears scouts be watching?

The 2020 Senior Bowl is upon us, and with it comes the official start of NFL Draft season.

The Bears are fresh off of one of their most disappointing seasons in recent franchise history. And while an 8-8 record isn't a disaster, it's a massive failure for a team that began the year with Super Bowl aspirations.

GM Ryan Pace has several holes to fill this offseason and the draft will be a major part of his plan. Whether it's at tight end, offensive line, pass rusher or quarterback, the Bears need to hit early and often on their 2020 picks.

Chicago currently has two second-round picks (No.s 43 and 50) and there's a good chance both players will be among the talented group participating in the Senior Bowl.

Here's a look at 15 players who Bears scouts will be focusing on, so you should be too.

2020 Senior Bowl: Who Will Bears Scouts Be Watching?