Bears News: Expectations For Jay Cutler in 2014, MVP Thoughts?

In this Bears news and rumors update, several NFL analysts have looked at the weaponry surrounding Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler and have whispered three simple letter in his directions, M-V-P.

According to ESPN's Mike Dickerson, expectations around Cutler should be tempered for the time being:

Reasonable expectations for Cutler are 16 starts and a playoff berth. Enough with the MVP talk. Make the postseason, a feat Cutler has accomplished only one time in eight years. Rich Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP, blossomed late in his career in Oakland with help from Trestman. That proves nothing is impossible. But more recent MVP quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Tom Brady) all have something in common: They play on perennial playoff teams.

One thing not fully covered by this assessment, however, is the perfect storm of wide receivers (including the potential two-superstar tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), along with the luxury of a healthy Matt Forte in the backfield.

Combine that with the rest of the Bears' impressive offensive depth and head coach Marc Trestman's steady hand, and a Gannon-like catapult to the top of the league's consciousness is not out of the question for Cutler.


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