"Cut"ing into Chicago: Jay Cutler the Newest Bear

Kris NovakContributor IApril 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 30:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the New York Jets on November 30, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It has just been released that Jay Cutler is now a Chicago Bear. The Bears in exchange gave Denver starting QB Kyle Orton and both 2009-2010 first and third round picks.

This year the Bears held the 18th pick in the first round and the 84th pick in the third round. Denver will most likely use these picks to help out their struggling backfield and only divine intervention can help their defense.

They ranked 30th in points giving up 28ppg, 29th in total yards giving up 375 ypg, 26th in passing giving up 229 ypg and 27th in rushing yards giving up 146 ypg. I can see them taking a DT, LB respectively with their two first round picks.

However, even though Chicago traded away its 2009-10 rights to a first and third round pick, they got the better end of the deal.

Kyle Orton and a couple of draft picks for Cutler. Absolutely. You have seen what Grossman did with his strong arm, just image a stronger arm and a more football savvy QB with Cutler.

Cutler has the arm strength and talent to fill in at any team, whether they would be a run and gun offense or a balanced game. That's exactly the thing though, Cutler has the talent, but do the Bears have the talent? Good question.

Despite Kyle Orton taking over the starting QB spot after one game with Bears last season, neither him nor Grossman were anything near the word "impressive." Orton had a pitiful rating of 79.0 while throwing for under 3,000 yards and only 18 TD with 12 INT. Thats only 198 yards per game.

Yes this may be the cause of Matt Forte stepping onto the scene coming off of a great rookie season with over 1,715yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns, but the Bears can't rely on a second year running back to take them to the playoffs.

They need a pair of play making wide receivers, which they lack. The Bears have revamped their backfield and now is a little deeper with the resigning of Kevin Jones. 

The Bears did not have a reciever break the 700 yard mark for the season and only combined nine TDs between the four main recievers (Lloyd, Booker, Davis, Hester).

This is where careful drafting comes into play. The Bears no longer hold a first round pick but can take a receiver slipping through the cracks.

Suppose Percy Harvin from Florida and Darrious Hayward-Bey go in the first round (Very Possible between Miami and Cincinnati alone) Maclin I think will slip through the cracks. Mike Wallace (4.33 Speed), Johnny Knox (4.34 Speed) are also possible prospect.

Defense should not really be huge concern for the Bears because the secondary who ranked 30th giving up 241 ypg was offset by the stuffed rush defense ranked fifth giving up only 93.5 ypg. The addition of safety Glenn Earl from the Texans and DB Josh Bullocks from the Saints will help spice up their secondary with solid play.

If the Bears fill the spaces and carefully draft "around" Cutlers arm and vertical tendancy, I feel they can stretch even the best of secondaries. They have the super-fast Hester who can either make a short pass go the distance or literally run by defenders for those deep passes Cutler loves to throw.

With the addition of two very fast receivers who can catch, I feel the Bears and Cutler can catch defenses flatfooted with the explosive play of Forte and no longer be the one dimensional Bears we have come to known.