(WSCR) Any doubts of what Jay Cutler meant to the Bears have been erased over the last three weeks.

Before Cutler went down with what could be a season-ending thumb injury, the Bears were averaging 26.8 points per game. In the three game since his injury, they are averaging just 11.

“That shows you how good Jay Cutler is,” Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I wrote that — I talked about Jay Cutler possibly being the MVP candidate. He was doing things to cover up the sins of the offensive line. Now, with Caleb Hanie and other players, you can’t cover up those sins. They can’t do that. The offensive line gets exposed. Everybody was talking about how the line was playing better — no, no no. The line wasn’t playing better. Cutler was doing things in the pocket that were unique and he was making more plays.

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Lombardi said that even if the Bears sneak into the playoffs, if Cutler isn’t back, they won’t be able to do anything.

“The Bears line is not good enough. It’s not quality enough to be able to go into the playoffs unless the quarterback can do some things,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, Cutler has been able to, but without Cutler, there’s no go.”

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