Cutler for MVP? The chatter's already started


Cutler for MVP? The chatter's already started

With a huge acknowledging nod to the defense, the Bears are 27-10 in Jay Cutlers last 37 starts, which is predictably creating starts of its own, as in mutterings about Cutler as a possible MVP candidate.

Sports Illustrateds Peter King in todays Monday Morning Quarterback listed among things he liked in week 12:

h. Jay Cutler. If we define "value'' in "Most Valuable Player'' as someone whose loss would totally deflate and screw up his team, then Cutler has to be in the running for the award.

Not to be outdone, Eric Adelson over at Yahoo Sports posited that Cutler deserves serious consideration for the MVP award. (Eric and Peter appear to have just joined the program already in progress and might want to put on the Tennessee red zone and Houston reels just for balance.)

The bases for the awards are simply that the Bears would be have been abysmal without Cutler. Which may be a true testament to how bad Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie were and Jason Campbell was in one game, although Josh McCown was 1-1 in his two starts last season even being sacked seven times in Minnesota.

The problem with that thinking is that the Indianapolis Colts were 2-14 sans Peyton Manning last season. Does anyone really see the Atlanta Falcons at 10-1 with the other McCown (Luke) at quarterback? The Giants even in a Super Bowl discussion behind David Carr?

Not to dismiss the importance of what Cutler has done and is doing with the offense (although the passing offense did rank 30th in the NFL before Campbell ever took a snap). But with the paucity of quality quarterbacks in the NFL, rare is the team that doesnt spiral downward without its No. 1 quarterback. Theyre all borderline MVPs on their teams.

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

As if the possibility of clinching their first National League pennant in 71 years didn't create enough drama and excitement in Wrigleyville, the Cubs have sent Kyle Schwarber to the Arizona Fall League, hoping he can add another chapter to his October legend.

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Schwarber earned this chance after beating every expectation in his recovery from major knee surgery in April. The Cubs haven't ruled anything in or out - and still need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers one more time - but they want to see how he responds on Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox and then decide if he would be a viable designated-hitter option for the World Series.

Jeff George Jr. gets start at QB for Illini vs. Michigan


Jeff George Jr. gets start at QB for Illini vs. Michigan

Jeff George Jr. got the start at quarterback for the Illini in Saturday's game against Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen first reported the news, with neither Wes Lunt nor Chayce Crouch able to play in Saturday's game, forcing George into starting duty.

Lunt was knocked out of Illinois' loss to Purdue two weeks ago and did not play last weekend against Rutgers. Crouch, who took over for Lunt against Purdue and rushed for 137 yards in that game, started in the win over Rutgers, but he apparently suffered a shoulder injury in that game.

George got a very small bit of action in this season's Week 1 win over Murray State, but this will be his first career start.

George is the son of Jeff George, the former Illinois quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft.