At some point Jay Cutler will finally live up to all the hype, right?
The 31-year-old Cutler is entering his sixth season with the Bears and has yet to live up to the high billing that's surrounded him since he was selected out of Vanderbilt in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Bears general manager Phil Emery believed in Cutler enough to give him a seven-year deal this past offseason.
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The front office has made it clear: Cutler is their guy and they have confidence in No. 6 taking the next step.
Cutler has never been in a better position to succeed than he is right now. The Bears offense features arguably the NFL's best wide receiver tandem in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, a Pro Bowl running back in Matt Forte and a Top 10 tight end in Martellus Bennett. And what could be the biggest key is that Cutler finally has a formidable offensive line to throw behind.
All those reasons are enough to make former teammate Brian Urlacher a believer.
"He's got the contract," Urlacher said on the "Kap and Haugh Show" on Wednesday. "Maybe a little more than people think he should have got, but whatever it was he got it. Somebody in the organization thinks he's the guy that can make them win games.
"All the talent on that offense. Not too many better receivers in the NFL, the offensive line is stacked. You know Garza [Roberto], Kyle Long, Bushrod [Jermon], they've got some monsters up front. This could be the year that Cutler does break through."
Check out more of Urlacher's comments in the video above.