In today's edition of Bears Bites, we examine the wide-ranging coverage of QB Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears after their 40-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the Steel City.
- "We've been fooled before, but it looks like there's reason to believe in "New Jay"", proclaims ESPN columnist Jon Greenberg in his new column on the way that the Bears QB has helped guide the team to a 3-0 record to begin the season. [ESPN Chicago]
- Should Cutler have slid on his first down play during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game? Most writers say yes, and a good number of fans think he did the right thing by lowering his shoulder and dishing out a hit. Dan Wiederer weighs in. [Chicago Tribune]
- With his team forcing five turnovers on Sunday against the Steelers, it is totally understandable that head coach Marc Trestman would be thrilled with the play of his defense. [Bears.com]
- Alas, not all coverage of the Bears was roses and platitudes. Hub Arkush's headline of "Grade A Win with Grade B Play" is a good place to start. [HubArkush.com]
- Rick Morrissey says that the Bears may be 3-0, and may have three great fourth quarter drives to their credit, but he still hasn't seen the "high octane" offense that Trestman and company were supposed to bring to the team this year. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Bears' early season schedule was pointed to by plenty of observers as a reason to be cautious about the team's chances for a playoff berth this season, but as John Mullin points out, it hasn't quite worked out that way. [CSN Chicago]
- Finally, did you know that Cutler was not only a star quarterback in high school, but also an excellent basketball player? Paul Banks of The Sports Bank found this video on YouTube of Cutler doing his thing at Heritage Hills High School: