Jay Cutler has spent the last eight years with the Chicago Bears after beginning his career with the Denver Broncos. The polarizing and always-criticized quarterback has had a tough time pleasing fans and racking up victories. In eight seasons, he’s posted a 50-49 record but hasn’t been on the right side of .500 since 2012. Now with his thumb injury, Cutler’s future has taken another hit in Chicago. Still, it’s far better than some of the hurdles he’s overcome during his time with the Bears. Here are his seven worst moments during his tenure in Chicago.
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Four interceptions in Bears debut
On Sept. 13, 2009, in his very first game as the Bears’ starting quarterback, Cutler went full Cutler and threw four interceptions in a Week 1 loss to the Packers. He completed just 47 percent of his passes with a passer rating of 43.2, yet the Bears only lost by six points. Those picks certainly did him and the Bears in, though.
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Sacked nine times in one half against the Giants
Throughout his career, Cutler has taken a beating at the expense of his typically-bad offensive line. On Oct. 3, 2010, though, it was astronomically bad. The Giants sacked him nine times in the first half before he left the game with a concussion. Caleb Hanie and Todd Collins both saw action in Cutler’s place, though only Hanie was sacked. Cutler would miss the next game, because he was probably sore for a week or two after that beating.
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Five interceptions in 10-6 loss to 49ers
On Nov. 12, 2009, Cutler threw a career-high five interceptions against the 49ers as the Bears still managed to lose a close one, 10-6. Strangely enough, that game also featured the most pass attempts (52) in Cutler’s career. He finished with 307 yards and no touchdowns, and it’s a game he probably wishes he could forget.
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Calls out Caleb Hanie for not knowing Bills backup QB
On Nov. 7, 2010, Cutler was mic’d up. He probably wishes he wasn’t. The microphone picked up Cutler calling out his backup Caleb Hanie for not knowing the Bills’ backup.
"Why don't you know who Levi Brown is? You're a backup quarterback as well. You should know fellow backup quarterbacks. It's like a fraternity."
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7.9 passer rating in 31-7 loss to Ravens
The worst game of Cutler’s career came on Dec. 20, 2009. Against the Ravens, Cutler threw three interceptions with no touchdowns, leading to a career-worst passer rating of 7.9. He only completed 10 of 27 passes for 94 yards in the 31-7 loss. It was the worst passer rating of the season by a quarterback with at least 20 attempts.
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Criticized for leaving playoff game with apparent knee injury
Cutler has never been particularly popular among fans, but he was particularly disliked on Jan. 23, 2011. That night, Cutler left the Bears’ NFC Championship game against the Packers with an apparent knee injury, though fans doubted the truth behind it. The Bears, of course, lost that game 21-14, as Cutler finished with 80 passing yards and an interception.
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Benched for Jimmy Clausen
In December of 2014, the Bears had seen enough of Cutler’s turnovers. He was benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen after throwing six interceptions in the previous three games. Fans, of course, had a field day with the news, celebrating Cutler’s downfall for one week. He returned to the starting lineup for the next game, throwing for 172 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in a 13-9 loss.