The Chicago Bears just traded for Jay Cutler. Packers fans, Bears fans. Do you understand what this means?
This is huge. This is beyond huge.
The best rivalry in professional football has a new chapter.
The Rodgers-Cutler chapter. The Cutler-Rodgers chapter.
Two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL are now playing against each other. They will be forever compared to each other. Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, whether they like it or not, will be forever compared to one another.
I cannot accurately describe how giddy I am.
Do you understand what this means?
Rodgers is 25. Cutler is 25. These two will be the face of their respective franchises for possibly the next 10 years. Maybe more, who knows.
They will be competing head to head in the great story of the Packers and Bears rivalry. Twice a year.
This has the potential to be the next Brady-Manning. Here's the thing, though. Colts and Patriots weren't a rivalry before those two. Cutler and Rodgers are now the centerpieces of a battle of 177 previous games.This has the chance to evolve into its own bar of which we measure quarterback rivalries.
Okay, you can probably tell I'm a tad excited. You may think that I may be stretching things a bit.
That's because you don't understand what this means.
Every time Brett Favre played the Bears, the broadcasting company felt obligated to show the lengthy list of starting Bears quarterbacks that had started during that same span.
No more. There are two equal quarterbacks now. Now, Bears and Packers fans get to adorn their quarterback and rip the opposing one to shreds. We get to analyze every part of the game for both and argue which statistics are more meaningful than others.
As a Packer fan, I'll tell you right now Cutler is overrated. I don't care he hasn't taken a snap with a C on his helmet. He is the product of a great offensive line and great wide receivers. Before Cutler went to the Bears, I thought he was one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league.
Now I legitimately hate him. He sucks.
Look, I don't think you understand what this means.
The NFC North is a division waiting to burst. There is so much potential for teams to break out and do well. Now, the Cutler trade just furthers that notion.
This is a chance for this rivalry to go to the next level. For Rodgers to push Cutler, and Cutler to push Rodgers. For the teams to defend their quarterback and the fans to revel in cheering for their guy.
I know most Packer fans support Aaron Rodgers. I saw the ESPN poll where Rodgers received 8% of the national vote in "Who Will Be the Best Young Quarterback?"
Rodgers received more than 50% of Wisconsin's vote. But Cutler is good. It creates a competition, and maybe allows Packer fans move past Favre. Maybe.
I don't think you quite understand what this means.
But you will.
Come the opening Sunday Night game in 2009, when the Bears will take on the Packers, you will understand.