Jay Cutler

Wake-up Call: Javy hits inside-the-park homer; Cutty's welcome to Miami; Bears lose Kush

Wake-up Call: Javy hits inside-the-park homer; Cutty's welcome to Miami; Bears lose Kush

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Monday: 

Best catcher in baseball? MVP candidate? The sky is the limit for Willson Contreras

Mike Glennon’s advice for Mitch Trubisky: ‘You belong in this league’

How Cubs are positioned for a Giant run – right now and in the future

Eloy Jimenez knows exactly what he wants from his baseball career

Willson Contreras receives proof that he's having the best week ever

Patrick Kane believes Blackhawks might be better than last year ... on paper

Here it is: Bears release depth chart for first preseason game

Watch: Javy Baez motors around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in San Francisco

Kush and tushes, picking up the energy: Six takeaways from Monday Bears camp

Bears reporters react to Jay Cutler signing with Dolphins

Bears reporters react to Jay Cutler signing with Dolphins

Jay Cutler certainly evokes strong feelings. 

During the quarterback's time in Chicago, he had supporters continually noting his remarkable arm strength and critics ripping every last one of his mistakes. 

The impassioned debate often extended into newspapers, where hot Cutty takes after Bears' losses were seemingly found on every page. 

But now that the enigmatic QB has taken the L out of the WIndy City, Bears beat writers have mixed opinions on whether he can actually boost an NFL team. 

Watch the video above as Dan Wiederer, Patrick Finley, Adam Jahns, Mark Potash and Rich Campbell react to Cutty's new South Beach home. 

Why Dion Sims, Zach Miller see the Jay Cutler-Adam Gase reunion being successful in Miami

Why Dion Sims, Zach Miller see the Jay Cutler-Adam Gase reunion being successful in Miami

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Take it from two tight ends who played in Adam Gase’s offensive system: Jay Cutler is an ideal fit in Miami. 

Dion Sims played in Gase’s offense last year with the Dolphins and got a glimpse of how good the system could be. Miami ranked 14th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA last year, and it wasn’t Ryan Tannehill’s most productive season (DVOA ranked him 25th out of 34 quarterbacks with at least 200 passing attempts). But the hope was the Dolphins’ offense would take a step forward with a quarterback playing his second year in Gase’s system. 

“It takes a minute (to learn),” Sims said. “Even being there, the first year with Tannehill, I still don’t think that we were able to max out on the things we could do as an offense, move all those pieces around. It takes a little while.”

So in signing Jay Cutler to a one-year contract — a move made official Monday afternoon — the Dolphins still have quarterback who will be playing his second year in Gase’s system. There's just a one-year hiatus in the middle. 

By DVOA, Cutler was a top-10 quarterback under Gase in 2015. His interception rate (2.3 percent) was the second-lowest of his career, and his quarterback rating (92.3) was a career best. 

“I think Adam gave him full reign and comfort to be himself and to be a leader and really step up,” tight end Zach Miller said. “Be a little more vocal. Connect in a different way with other players and other people than he did in the past. I think that’s why he played so well.”

The Bears went only 6-10 in 2015, though. Cutler is stepping into a team that reached the playoffs last year and should have similar expectations this year. But both Sims (who doesn’t know Cutler) and Miller (who does) foresee success for the Cutler-Gase reunion in Miami. 

“I’m sure Gase knows how to get him going,” Sims said. “They’ll probably get the best out of him. I don’t really know Jay, but for him being around Gase and me knowing Gase, I’m sure that they have a good connection.” 

And said Miller: “They’re gonna get a hell of a quarterback in my opinion. A guy who’s already been in that system and knows that system and played very well under that system. 

“Obviously him and Adam had a great relationship with what they were doing, so hopefully he steps in and he’s ready to go and they get a leader, a natural leader on their football team and can win some games.”