CHICAGO -- “If the Bears win, does Caleb Hanie start in Dallas?”
That’s what an ex-teammate of Jay Cutler’s texted me after Hanie led the Bears’ first scoring drive of the game at the start of the fourth quarter.
Crazy, right? But what does it say about Cutler that an ex-NFL player, one who doesn’t like Cutler but respects his talent, could think Hanie, perhaps the most anonymous backup quarterback in the league, is a better option for the Super Bowl than Cutler and his million-dollar arm?
Exactly what you think it does.
Of course Cutler starts in that fictional reality, if healthy, but you can’t tell me his performance before leaving the game with a vague knee injury augured any hope for his future, or heck, his present.