By Paul Roumeliotis
Jay Clutch-ler, Mr. Fourth Quarter, call him what you want. But it shouldn't come as a surprise that Jay Cutler has been the hottest topic of conversation in Chicago for the third straight week following another Bears victory.
But what is it that has taken Cutler's play to the next level?
Talking on 670 The Score's McNeil and Spiegel Show, Jim Miller credited the Bears coaching staff.
"[Cutler] is definitely playing at a high level right now," he said. "I think it's a direct result of the influence of Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer. I think there's no doubt about that."
Cutler completed 20 of his 30 passes Sunday night against the Steelers and threw for 159 yards, including one key touchdown throw in the fourth quarter to his former college teammate Earl Bennett.
"Those were big-time plays," said Miller. "Good job, great concentration, he threaded the needle. That was a big-time clutch play and that's good to see. Jay got it done."
Cutler's 17-yard touchdown throw to Bennett came with 5:48 left in the fourth quarter to the corner of the left endzone from a perfectly placed pass. The play was originally ruled as an incompletion but was overturned after Trestman threw the red challenge flag.
The Bears had a 24-3 lead at one point but was later reduced to 27-23 before Cutler's touchdown pass.
"They had to sort it out, figure it out, and that's really a nice job by the Bears on the road," said Miller. "I give the Bears a lot of credit. There was no panic. They feel prepared for whatever they're going to face. They've got the confidence to do it and even if they feel like they don't have an answer, they'll create an answer. [Cutler] just said 'Enough is enough, let's get it done' and Jay got it done."