Six years have passed since Cutler joined the Bears in 2009. In all that time, there were two things you could always count on during the summer: 1) a really bad Adam Sandler movie and 2) blind optimism that Chicago's underachiever of a quarterback would finally break through.
On Thursday, Brandon Marshall offered an interesting take on what could be called The Cutler Problem in Chicago.
"I feel like I was the only one in the organization that had the huevos to hold him accountable," Marshall told ESPN's First Take.
Huevos! Marshall wasn't done.
"You've got to play for more than the money, you've got to play for more than yourself," he added. "That's the way this works. Some of us get it and some of us don't. And last year, I just felt like we had all the pieces and I just felt like there were a few things that were missing."
One thing's for sure: You won't read any buzzy predictions announcing Cutler as the league's MVP in 2015. Most educated football people will probably predict Cutler ends his season on the bench.
If Cutler is the type of athlete who finds power in the chip on the shoulder, this can all serve as grand motivation for a career resurgence. But it's hard to say if Cutler can be motivated by public opinion, or the criticisms of a prominent former teammate, or really anything at all.
Can Jay Cutler rise again? Will he regain that lost benefit of the doubt? Does any of it matter to him? The man remains a curiosity.
Here's what else we learned at training camps on Thursday: