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Is Cutler best QB in Bears history?

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Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Do you think that Jay Cutler is the best quarterback the Bears have ever had?

Dave C.
Pontiac, Michigan

Jay Cutler is certainly the best Bears quarterback I've ever seen live and I've been following the team since the early 1970s. But the Bears had a quarterback in Sid Luckman in the 1940s who not only led them to four NFL championships but helped revolutionize pro football with the "T" formation and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. With those credentials, it's not a knock against Cutler to say that Luckman remains the greatest Bears quarterback of all time.

I know the Bears have the most players of any NFL team in the Hall of Fame. But does that count players who were only with the team for a short period of time, like Orlando Pace?

Vince L.
Elmhurst, Illinois

No, it doesn't count Hall of Famers such as Orlando Pace, Alan Page and Bobby Layne who were only with the Bears for a brief period of time. The league-high 27 Hall of Famers the Bears claim all spent significant portions of their careers with the Monsters of the Midway. The group includes 26 players and former general manager Jim Finks.

When was the last time a non-kicker led the Bears in scoring?

Don K.
Carmel, Indiana

It wasn't as long ago as you might think; Matt Forte led the Bears in scoring with 64 points on 10 touchdowns and two two-point conversions in 2014. Kicker Robbie Gould missed four games with an injury and was limited to a career-low 55 points. Prior to 2014, the last non-kicker to lead the Bears in scoring was receiver Marcus Robinson with 54 points on nine touchdowns in 1999.

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