I will admit it. It has been a loooooong time since the Chicago Bears had a franchise quarterback that everybody loved.
Today, we got that QB.
Tomorrow, we still have no proven receivers, an old line, and a shaky defense.
Devin Hester is not a No. 1 receiver, not yet anyway. He is fast and quick, but he is still learning and still faces the best corner on the opposing team week-in-and-week-out, and he gets no help from the other receiver positions.
Earl Bennett, who played with Cutler at Vandy, couldn't make it on the field last year because he was having trouble grasping the playbook. Cutler being on the team won't help that.
Rashied Davis had stone hands for the entire second half of the year. It didn't matter who the QB was, he was dropping passes that hit him in his hands. Cutler can hit him in the hands, Rashied will still drop it.
Brandon Rideau hasn't made it on the field as a receiver in a regular season game. End of story.
And that ends our receiving corps. Those four (one of which spent most of the season on the practice squad)—that's it.
We do have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark at tight ends, but you cannot line up Olsen at receiver every down. And if you put in a two-tight-end formation, Matt Forte is going to be facing a lot more eight-men-in-the-box and the running game will suffer.
And lets not forget where Cutler is coming from. He was playing in Denver, where he had Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal as the starting receivers, Brandon Stokley as the No. 3, and Tony Scheffler at tight end. He also had one of the best pass-blocking offensive lines in the NFL.
Now he doesn't.
Although he can feel secure in knowing that the Bears defense played its worst football in nearly a decade last year and gave up more passing yards per game than his former team, so at least he should be in a nice comfort zone.
And look what the Bears gave up for Cutler. Kyle Orton, their first and third round picks in this draft, and their first round pick in the 2010 draft. Lets look at this in two different lights.
One is that the Chiefs received Matt Cassel AND Mike Vrabel for nothing more than a second-round pick. We sent two first-round picks, a third-rounder, and our starting QB for this guy. The Patriots went 11-5 under Cassel. The Broncos went 8-8 with Cutler.
The second thing is that for probably a first round and a third round and maybe a defensive player (such as Nathan Vasher) we could have gotten Anquan Boldin. I know, I am beating a dead horse, but our need for a legit receiver was much higher than our need for a QB.
Jerry Angelo is still a bad General Manager in my mind. I am glad to see that he does have a pulse and can pull off trades, but just cause you make a move doesn't make that move a good one.
And just imagine what happens if the Bears finish 9-7 again this year and the media is all over Cutler because the expectations were so high. Do you think he is going to go about his business and keep a level head? Or is he going to cry about how it's not fair and it isn't his fault and throw a fit?
I know what I am putting my money on.
But let me be clear on this, I hope Jay Cutler becomes a great quarterback with the Bears and leads us to victory. I will cheer him on.
I just think this was a stupid move by a desperate GM. And I don't think this makes the team a contender unless the offensive line stays healthy and becomes more effective, the receivers learn (and learn how to catch), and the defense gets back to making stops.