Get some shots on Jay Cutler early, and he won’t be the same guy later.
That’s the message from Eagles Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, who will face Cutler on Monday night
“Every time you can get pressure on Jay Cutler he’s an entirely different quarterback,” Jenkins said Wednesday in an interview with CSN's John Clark for NBC10.
“That’s [true] with most quarterbacks, but … you see his demeanor and body language will change if you start to get hits on him. Especially coming off of a game where he already got beat up and bruised up.”
The Eagles face the Bears at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Cutler, now in his 11th year, has won just 16 of 42 starts since the start of the 2013 season and is under .500 for his career at 67-68.
He opened the season with a mediocre performance in the Bears’ loss to the Texans, going 16 for 29 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Since 2009, Cutler has the 12th-most touchdowns in the NFL but the third-most interceptions.
Cutler did get off to a decent start against the Texans, 10 for 13 for 156 yards with a touchdown, no interceptions and a 141.8 passer rating in the first half, when the Bears went out to a 14-0 lead.
But in the second half, he was 6 for 16 for 60 yards with no TDs and an INT — a passer rating of 22.9 — and the Bears were outscored 13-0.
Cutler was sacked just once in his effective first half but four times in the second half, when the Bears had just 36 net passing yards.
Cutler, now 33, has won just one playoff game in his career, back in 2010.
The Eagles sacked Robert Griffin III three times Sunday in their win over the Browns, with all three sacks coming in the second half.
Jenkins has faced Cutler twice. In 2011, Cutler threw for 244 yards but completed just 19 of 45 passes with one TD and no INTs in a 30-13 Saints win over the Bears. In 2013, at Soldier Field, Cutler was 24 for 33 for 358 yards with two TDs and no INTs in a 26-18 Saints win.
To watch Clark's complete interview with Jenkins, watch Eagles Gameday Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on NBC10.