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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was once almost a Redskin

When Mike Shanahan lost his job in Denver after the 2008 season, it set off a chain of events that impacted the Redskins organization. Obviously, it gave Washington a new head coach a year later, but almost gave them a new quarterback immediately.

There was a time when Jay Cutler, the Bears quarterback who's taking on Washington this weekend in Chicago, seemed destined for D.C.

"That was all we heard for a week or so. Washington was trying to make it happen, and at one point, we were really close," Cutler said. "I thought that was exactly where I was going, and at the last minute it kind of fell through and the Bears picked it up."

Of course, although they were close and compensation had been nailed down, the Redskins couldn't get the deal done and the Bears swooped in and snagged Cutler. The Redskins went into 2009 with Jason Campbell and Jim Zorn running the show.

But if Washington could've made it happen, Cutler might have found himself again playing for Shanahan, whom the Redskins hired in January. Of course, they also could've tried to hire Shanahan prior to the 2009 season.

" It is a funny league," Cutler said.

By Rick Maese  | October 21, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
 
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Nothin funny about that...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

At this point - with this squad, I'd rather have McLovin'.

If we'd have picked up Cutler, he would be hamburger by now, probably.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

cutler is the one...he's gonna get reconcussed via AH...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Post by Jason LaConfora via Twitter 10 min. ago -

Breaking news from Washington. Albert Haynesworth is hungry and ready to get back on the football field according to team officials and has been cleared to start, but not 'hungry' as in ready to play. See, he misread the Bear's roster, and thinks that QB Jay Cutler is a Veal Cutlet. Reports are coming out having Haynesworth reportedly saying, "I haven't eaten a decent meal since my brother passed. I can't wait to tear up some Chicago Cutlet!" Sounds Baaaa-ad for Cutler! More to come later after my chess club meeting.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

chrislarry

I am nervous about Forte this week, that kid is legit.

I worry too as there's been one consistent truth about Haslett's defense:

You can run on it.

And I think that to protect Cutler (and his job), Mike Martz might decide to go old skool, and feature Forte on about 2025 carries.

Too, the bears have two very able speed guys in Knox and Hester.

I still see us winning this one 28-17, though.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

And p1, don't we have more scalps than that? I'd count anything that takes a guy out for the game.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse


Probably...I was thinking of the "prominent" ones.

I think Andre Johnson also got his ankle twisted up versus the Skins and miss some game-time.

...but then he only needed one leg to outjump Reed Doughty in the endzone.

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Monk, that's the longest 140 characters I've ever read.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

RI Poll Question -

Which prominent Bears player is going to get "injury-listed" in Sunday's game?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Matt Forte
3) Greg Olsen
4) Devin Hester

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:18 AM

Let's hope for Cutler if only for comedic value. His natural facial expression is that annoyed, "I smell a fart" look. Mix in some frustration and discomfort from being knocked around in the pocket and he becomes downright funny.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I meant 20-25 carries, not 2025 carries in one game.

(Although it might be fun to watch a guy get 2,025 carries in one game, though.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Monk, that's the longest 140 characters I've ever read.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, I think!?!?!?

You counted the characters? Really? Kinda bored huh?

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Yeah - hopefully they can force Cutler out a couple times (now that Stompy is in) and then have 30 paint 'im.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

chrislarry

I am nervous about Forte this week, that kid is legit.

I worry too as there's been one consistent truth about Haslett's defense:

You can run on it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Variation on the "what happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmoveable object" question -

What happens when an atrocious run team meets a defense that can't stop a runny nose?

IMO, the Forte threat is going to come from screens/dumpoffs. He;s run the ball horribly, but broken several big plays on short passes. We'll be vulnerable if Haslett dials up the wrong blitz and Forte gets into the open field...similar to what we saw Arian Foster do with that 50-yarder.

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I meant 20-25 carries, not 2025 carries in one game.

(Although it might be fun to watch a guy get 2,025 carries in one game, though.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that would literally be a CAREER GAME for that back. Some RB's don't reach 2,025 carries for their career. I think the game would have to be exteded to like 50 quarters long. "Break out the oxygen!"

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Thank God that double chinned dough boy didn't come here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 21, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Today's player in both college and professional spends more time learning to 'strip' the ball out of a guys' hands to get a turnover, and thus, the basics of a good hard tackle aren't really preached.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 20, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse


Good point, Moe. How many times have we seen guys go for a strip instead of a tackle and let the guy brush right by him? I guess fundamental football is simply a thing of the past.

Terrapin hit the nail on the head, today's football culture is more focused on making a highlight reel than playing the game. Plus, if you keep making Sportscenter by blowing up guys you get more recognition and ultimately more coin.

You can't fully blame the players though, the NFL has let it get out of control to the extent that they now need to overreact. Now, if they would just overreact with the ridiculous salaries, particularly the rooks who get millions before even setting foot on an NFL field. I doubt we'll see much action on that front as long as there is a union.


Posted by: HTTR | October 21, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

You can bank on Banks in the kick return game:

Kick returns

18 (rank) 7 (number) 159 (yards) 22.7 (average)

Punt returns

155 (yards) 19.4 (average) 53 (longest)

When you study the conference wide data, you come to the conclusion that Brandon Banks is one of the better return guys that no one talks about.

To become a true asset, though, the offense must find a way to incorporate his speed on screens, deep passes, and reverse plays.

Somehow, some way, he will take a run to the house.

And you can BANKS on that!!!

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Its very easy to dis on Cutler and say hes garbage and all, he makes a lot of mistakes and is a gunslinger. But the fact is that if the guy has a good game which he can and we dont pressure him enough he can put up 3-4 TDs through the air.
Im not ready to declare this the cake walk most people are predicting.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse


The Skins ran a redzone play against the Colts that had Banks lined up in the backfield, McNabb did a fake pitch to him and then came the other way with a short pass to Cooley for a first down.

They showed it on replay, and the defense really went with the fake pitch.

When guys know there is speed on the field, they will react...or in that case overreact.

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

He's Jeff George Redux..shoulda duxed a little bit against the giants, boy get a concussion that way...

Posted by: frak | October 21, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Its very easy to dis on Cutler

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse


It's easy to dis on Cutler b/c he was outed in Denver as a whiny b!tchy little prima-donna, and every time they do a close up he's got one of the most arrogant-looking sourpuss mugs you've ever seen and it makes you want to coldcock him in the eye...

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The Skins ran a redzone play against the Colts that had Banks lined up in the backfield,

I bet we see more of the same Sunday.

A reverse coming back to the wide side of the field against a 'pinching' Julius Peppers is a nice play.

Running the 'smoke screen' is another way to get Banks loose in open space.

And whereas I don't like the wildcat, I'd run the college 'option read' play where McNabb fakes to Banks and then hits a receiver running a route behind the 'backer/safety to that side.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

We ran that one screen play to Banks in the red Zone against Philly. The play before we had Banks on the field bu there was a penalty. We kept him out there and everyone knew we were gonna screen to him, we did and it was a 5 yd loss.
This kid is to dynamic to give him predictable plays. We really ned to catch some teams off guard W/ a reverse or somthing. Line him up how Philly lines up Djax.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Josh McDaniels decided to pull the trigger on the Bears offer b/c he liked Orton better than Campbell, and alot of people (including many of us up here) criticized him for that?

Guess the guy knows his QBs...

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Somehow, some way, he will take a run to the house.

And you can BANKS on that!!!

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

It'll only take a couple before the league turns into a bunch of p*ssies and they start kicking away from him. You can take that to the BANKS!

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I meant more dissing his play on the field. Off the field and on the Dbag scale the dude is off the charts.

You may ask "why not just make 10 louder" well because, these go to 11. Its one louder. 11 is louder than 10...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was once almost a Redskin"


I can't possibly be the only person to notice how completely nonsensical that title is...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

We went after cutler? Really? I was not aware.

Posted by: AdamCr | October 21, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:31 AM


The more you use him, the less it's predictable.

I'd also like to see a 7 step max protection passing play where Moss and Banks are both running deep routes that split safey coverage.

Trust me, that play will score.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

11 is louder than 10...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

No way, are you sure? Damn public school math.......

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I'd also like to see a 7 step max protection passing play where Moss and Banks are both running deep routes that split safey coverage.

Trust me, that play will score.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:42 AM

What would the routes you have in mind look like?

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 21, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

If Carlos is ever going to snag an interception, this ought to be the week. Cutler is due to return to his true form as interception king of the NFL. His stats last year made Jason look like Joe Montana!

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 21, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

What would the routes you have in mind look like?


Moss post-corner deep, Banks running a seam route that he breaks towards the far sideline.

The FS has a choice of helping the corner on Banks or gets fooled by Moss' double move, and doesn't help out in time.

You're attcking the deep area of the field with great speed, and with max protection McNabb can look of the FS to add to the confusion.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

If Carlos is ever going to snag an interception, this ought to be the week. Cutler is due to return to his true form as interception king of the NFL. His stats last year made Jason look like Joe Montana!

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 21, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Look, his best option for an interception is for him to face a big armed QB like Culter, and when he zings a pass in there he should dive at it head first and try to get it stick in his face mask. That happened in a movie, Necessary Roughness I think, where the dude couldn't catch. Wish I knew his name, that would be Rogers.

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The Skins ran a redzone play against the Colts that had Banks lined up in the backfield,

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 10:31 AM


I was pretty sure that he was back there as a decoy before the play started (and it turned out he was). The reason I thought that was that he was standing straight up, almost in a "look at me, defense" type of way. He's so short, that had he gotten into any kind of ready position, he might have been invisible to the D and thus not a very good decoy.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 21, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

No pity for Chicago's porous offensive line. They made their bed trading all those picks for Cutler.

Posted by: AdamCr | October 21, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The reason I thought that was that he was standing straight up, almost in a "look at me, defense" type of way.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 21, 2010 10:54 AM

Forgot about that...I was lol'ing.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but why don't you just make 10 louder?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

For all we lay on Vinny, and he deserved it all, that's one thing we can be grateful for: he didn't pull the trigger and trade for Cutler! I don't care how much McDaniels liked Orton over Campbell, if Vinny wanted him bad enough, all he had to do was just slide up Danny's shaft about an 1/8th of an inch more and he would have got him, no matter the price!

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Dik. The kids up here never get the classic references.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Hit Stick" beeps

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

who really cares that someone was almost a redskin a couple years back. HOW IS THIS A STORY?? There are so many "what if so and so signed with another team" scenarios. WHO CARES! Do you writers have a quota of articles that you need to reach? Because this is just useless.

Posted by: plive202 | October 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

All well and good about Cutler, but that's not even half as bad as that latest example of the Redskins coming close but failing to sign a quarterback.

We currently have a quarterback who is playing here on an old contract he signed with Philadelphia -- who is all but gone to bigger and better opportunities at the end of the season -- because the bright sparks in the Redskins front office can't seem to get around to closing a deal with him.

Posted by: Vic1 | October 21, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the bears are capable of coming back after being dominated for most of some games means the skins better be ready to put up points like they did last week or they may be in trouble.

Will this be one of those weeks were McNabb plays like JC? We'll see.

Posted by: keedrow | October 21, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Eleven, Exactly, one louder.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | October 21, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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