Breaking news. Da Bears are hands down early favorites to win the NFC Norris Division and primed to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2005.
Out: Kyle Orton and Chicago's first and third round picks in 2009 and first in 2010.
In: Jay Cutler and a fifth-round pick.
Well done Lovie.
For the first time this century, Urlacher and company have a real quarterback.
For the first time in Jay Cutler's pro career he has a stifling defense wearing the same colored jersey as him.
What does this mean for the rest of the league?
For starters, Minnesota can forget about winning the division again—ever, that is until they land a real quarterback themselves. Sage Rosenfels is an improvement—allegedly, but would he be a starter on any other team if not for a desperate Vikings offense where even a pulse under center would be an upgrade?
Green Bay is not far removed from Favre's last year with the team, but both Favre and that defense played out of their minds that season. Reality hit home last year in Wisconsin.
They're not as bad as they looked last year (when healthy), but they're not as good as they seemed two years ago either.
Detroit—if they win a single game this year it will be an improvement. Enough said.
For the rest of the conference—look out.
I'm not a Bears fan, and last I checked I bled Eagle green. However, I've always said that if Chicago ever had an offense they would be dangerous. I just never thought it would actually happen while they still had this defense.
I'm not ready to anoint Chicago an NFC Championship just yet though. They do have to play the toughest division in the NFC this year, which should provide us a clue as to how they stack up in the conference after winning their division.
What else does this mean? San Diego has already won the AFC West, even if they only go 7-9, which they won't. They'll get six wins in their division alone. My only question is who will Rivers barb with now? I've never known any Kyles who liked to rock the boat.
Then again, maybe playing for McDaniels, someone who obviously has a chip on his shoulder, could change his outlook on life. One can only hope, otherwise it's going to be unbearable (get it...un-bear-able) to watch that rivalry anymore unless we can get Ed Hochuli to ref it again.
In any case, two teams won their respective divisions today. Thankfully for my Eagles, McNabb always plays well in Chicago, so go ahead, win home field advantage. I prefer it that way.