With each game the implied progress became more obvious, a subtle but significant detail that suggested how much more control Cutler possesses. The play clock seldom ticked into single digits. There was structure and certainty. Less haste by the quarterback meant more pace for the Bears offense.
Watson’s potential reward is worth the risk when it involves the greatest golfer of his generation, who, at 100 percent, still possesses the potential to play like it on a world stage with the stakes high — especially with the stakes high.
In the old days, before a new $126 million contract eased the pressure and a second son added perspective, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler responded to questions about his maturation as well as he did receivers who ran the wrong routes.
The Broncos selected Thomas and Decker with draft picks they received as a result of trading Cutler to the Bears on April 2, 2009, in a blockbuster deal that benefited both sides — but looks rather lopsided days away from Super Bowl XLVIII.