'Hothead' Cutler comes through in clutch...again

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'Hothead' Cutler comes through in clutch...again

It wasn't looking good for Jay Cutler and the Bears on Sunday. For over three quarters, the Panthers had "hothead" Jay rattled and a comeback didn't seem to be in the cards.

Coming into Soldier Field, the Panthers defense had a gameplan of shaking Cutler up.

"Yeah it getting under Cutler's skin was," rookie cornerback Josh Norman told CSNChicago.com. "He's a hothead. It is what it is though. It's the league and we're going to jab back and fourth at each other."

One member of Carolina's front four took matters into his owns hands Sunday afternoon. Defensive end Greg Hardy wrecked havoc on the Bears offensive line in the first half, sacking Cutler three times.

"Hit him fast and hit him hard," Hardy told CSNChicago.com. "He's one of those guys that can get shook quick and we wanted to get him out of his comfort zone."

The comfort zone seemed to be fading quick, but then the fourth quarter happened. In Cutler's last three drives, he was 14-16 for 141 yards, had one touchdown and an astonishing 124.2 QB Rating.

Brandon Marshall - who single-handedly destroyed Carolina's secondary on the last drive - had no doubt in his mind that Cutler would lead the Bears back.

"He Cutler gets up smiling," Marshall said. "I'm sitting here shaking and he just starts smiling like, 'Well, here we go.' It just put me at ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off of it."

And Cutler, who has a 132.0 QB Rating in fourth quarters this season, hinted at why the team excels late in games.

"This team, we play as we're down to the tooth-and-nail against most of the teams in this league," Cutler said. "To get out with a 'W,' we're happy, but, any time you win, there's always things to improve on, just like a loss, so we have to keep getting better."

Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull sits down with CSN executive producers Ryan McGuffey and Sarah Lauch, the creators of 'Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which premieres March 27 at 9:30 p.m. on CSN.

McGuffey and Lauch share their experience making the 52-minute documentary as they sifted through hours of sound from the likes of Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and more recapping one of the greatest baseball games ever played.

Plus, hear a sneak peak of 'Reign Men’ as Heyward and Epstein describe their perspective of the Rajai Davis game-tying homer and that brief rain delay that led to Heyward’s epic speech.

Check out the latest Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
 
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
 
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.

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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
 
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
 
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.