Putting a face on Bears' optimism

Cutler is now the focus of the franchise, but will he prove he's up to it this season?

Updated: July 29, 2010, 9:07 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The actual face of a football player is almost immaterial.

Watching the action unfold on TV, you get only fleeting shots of the eyes, the movement of the lips of the quarterback barking signals.

The actual, physical face, well, that's for sideline harangues, smile sessions or nose-hair-tight shots of bloody cuts and dazed expressions, all part of the contextual narrative of a three-hour gladiatorial drama. It's part of the show. It's why a guy like Jay Cutler, who ...

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