- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 15, 2009

A LOSE-WIN SITUATION

The Chicago Bears won the Jay Cutler sweepstakes last summer, fighting off the Washington Redskins and others to finally land the quarterback of their dreams.

So how’s that working out?

Here’s how: With his epic five-interception, zero-touchdown performance in a 10-6 loss to San Francisco on Thursday, Cutler became the first Bears quarterback in 47 years to throw at least four interceptions in two games during a season. And the season is just half-over.

Cutler has piled up yards and played well at times, notably against Pittsburgh (in Week 2, before the Steelers became the Steelers again). He also has 17 interceptions (three more than the Bears had all last season), a 24th-ranked passer rating and the league’s worst red-zone rating. His line and receivers are subpar, but he still forces too many throws. And he rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Good thing the Redskins didn’t get him. If they did, their season might be going down the… OK, bad argument. But it’s hard to imagine the Redskins being any better with Cutler. Given the offensive line situation - that is, worse than the Bears’ - he might have been on crutches by now.

Still, the pursuit of Cutler dented the confidence and security of Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, as it would anyone who was told he wasn’t wanted. Campbell has never misbehaved or misspoken despite many opportunities. He has, in fact, been a model player. It was shabby treatment typical of bad organizations.

Some prefer a hothead like Cutler, who shows his intensity by yelling at teammates and drawing penalties and fines for barking at officials. Campbell isn’t like that. Amid the ruins, he has demonstrated a quiet dignity. He plays hurt and generally has done OK, all things considered. He is far from the best quarterback in the league, but the Redskins could have done worse. They certainly tried.

HE SAID WHAT?

“We just had some zombies out there.”

- New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni after Friday’s 121-107 loss to Golden State put the Knicks at 1-9, the worst start in franchise history

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