Jun 4, 2008
I started Jay Cutler last year in a Week Sixteen Super Bowl game, and he was bad. It wasn’t just an off game; he was horrific, going only 14-for-32 for only 155 yards with 0 TDs and 2 Ints. Yeah, it was against a good Charger defense, but Cutler was able to complete 64% of his passes against that defense earlier in the year, and he enjoyed success against them in his rookie year. It was one of those game in which you had to think to yourself, “what the heck is wrong with this guy?” Well, I think we now know what was wrong with Cutler: he had Type 1 diabetes. Here are some of the symptoms of the disease, symptoms Cutler may have had late last season:
- Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you may lose weight — sometimes rapidly. Without the energy sugar supplies, your muscle tissues and fat stores may simply shrink.
- Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
- Blurred vision. If your blood sugar level is too high, fluid may be pulled from your tissues — including the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability to focus clearly.
I’m not sure if Cutler experienced weight loss, or blurred vision, but I know he experienced fatigue. It’s hard enough completing an NFL season, a serious grind, but for Cutler to do so and actually show improvement while suffering from the affects of this disease bodes well for his future, now that the disease will be controlled with medication.
My affinity for Cutler has been made clear on this site for a couple of years, and if you’ve see him play, you have to see why I love the guy. He does have to be reined in a little, but it’s dangerous to ask a gunslinger like Cutler stop pulling the trigger. That’s what makes him great, his ability and willingness to throw the rock, no matter what. The deal with Cutler, at this point, is simple: he’s going to be a great one, it’s just a question of when. If you’re looking to catch some lightening in a jar, then take the chance that his greatness comes through in 2008.
I like the additions on offense. It’s not a great receiving corps, but the potential is there for very nice numbers. He does, however, need things to go well for his receiving corps if he’s going to truly bust out this year. First and foremost, TE Tony Scheffler’s foot has to be right, and it’s not now. I interviewed Scheffler last year, and the one thing that stuck with me was him talking about the foot injury, Scheffler said he wouldn’t wish the injury on his own worst enemy (you can hear that interview here: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=68294&cmd=apop
I’m hoping for the best for Scheffler, a really nice guy, because he could be a fantasy stud. I’m also hoping Darrell Jackson is healthy. If so, there are a lot of weapons here for Cutler, and that guy is more than able to take full advantage of them.