BBAO: 'Make or break' for Jay Cutler

April, 17, 2013
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler began on-field work Tuesday with his fourth offensive coordinator in five years. The timing of this transition, however, is a bit more dramatic than the rest.

As Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com points out, Cutler is entering the final year of his contract and seems "perfectly comfortable with the perception that 2013 is a make-or-break season for him." Cutler: "That's not up to me to decide. I'm not worried about those things. Every year, you put pressure on yourself. Every team in the NFL is preparing to win the Super Bowl. We're doing the same thing."

Actually, Cutler will play a role in how the issue will be decided, and the extent to which the Bears push to re-sign him. Cutler said as much earlier in the interview, noting: "You've got to win games to earn those contracts."

The Bears are in a pretty decent position from an organizational perspective. They have a quarterback that they hope and believe will be their long-term starter, but they haven't made a financial commitment that will impact their judgment. The most significant deciding factor, as it should be, is Cutler's own performance:

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