In the word's of Heath Ledger, "Let's turn the clocks back..."
Not more than a day or two ago, media outlets of the Jets, Redskins, Vikings, and a handful of other teams were pushing, and that's putting it lightly, for their respective GMs to do everything in their power to land Jay Cutler.
Childress was called an "idiot" by the Associated Press for not publicly divulging his interest in the 25-year-old Pro Bowl QB, the Detroit Free Press was begging the Lions to give up their first and 20th overall picks for the gun slinger, and the case was the same for teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, and many, many, many more.
All the while, Jerry Angelo sat in his office, patiently waiting to strike. Not making much of a ripple in the media or elsewhere, and thus catching everyone off guard for making what is easily the boldest move of his career in acquiring Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos, and then about a half hour later, singing Orlando Pace, a seven-time pro bowler, to a three-year $15 million deal.
I nearly had a heart attack when I'd heard that the Bears had made the most logical, gustiest move in the franchise's Super Bowl era history. And when I'd found out what they'd given up, two first rounders, a third rounder and...Kyle Orton?? Are you kidding me? Kyle Orton?
I was sitting here thinking that for sure the Broncos would snag Urlacher, Harris, Vasher or some huge defensive player if a deal for Cutler was made, and all we had to give up was the league's bottom ranked deep passer who has yet to discover the wonders of an electric razor?
It's an incredibly logical and amazing move by the Bears and I'm proud to say that for once, Jerry Angelo came out with his gloves up and did everything possible to land what is easily the best move of the offseason by any team.
And now that Cutler's off the market, and not with any of the teams many experts projected, suddenly, he's a mediocre, crybaby of a QB. Well Denver fans and sour experts alike, I can assure you that 10 teams didn't spring at a moment's notice to acquire a mediocre, whiny QB.
And how does Josh McDaniels come out looking like the victim here? Wasn't he the rookie head coach who came into a team with the 29th ranked defense in the league and decided to start rebuilding by trading his franchise, pro bowl QB for a possible one-hit wonder in Matt Cassel?
Not only did he do this, but he did it behind Cutler's back, and then tried to act like he never did, continually lying to Cutler and the media! I don't see anyone personally attacking Josh McDaniels.
Where was this treatment for Chad Johnson who wanted to be traded simply because he was tired of losing while wearing a tiger-striped helmet? Where was this treatment for Brett Favre who abandoned a team and fanbase that had given him everything just so he could continue to play football?
And can somebody tell me where oh were did this "crybaby" attitude of Jay Cutler's come from? Up until a few weeks ago, Cutler had been, in the past, viewed as a strong leader with a strong arm that was the future of a franchise.
But now that Broncos fans have lost their future QB, they've turned bitter and are trying to soften the blow by pretending that they've rid themselves of a troublemaking, self-centered, mediocre QB.
Let me explain this as only logic can define: Jay Cutler is a damn good QB. He is easily one of the league's top five QBs and is most assuredly the NFL's most promising young talent. Does he have an attitude? Yes! Is it negative? No! Jay Cutler wants to win, and he wants to have his coach behind him while doing so!
What's wrong with that? It's all so easy for us to sit here and say, "Man up and go back to work," but let's look at this logically:
Imagine you hold a high position at your job, and you do your job very, very well. You make mistakes at times, but not often, and you were just named employee of the month.
Then, a new supervisor or manager comes in to take over and without even having the good grace to give you a friendly heads up, tries to send you packing for someone they feel can do the job better.
How many of you wouldn't go: "The hell with this, I'll go work where somebody appreciates me"? I'm sure there are a million of you! And you're a liar if you say you wouldn't think about it!
Everyone's telling Jay Cutler to suck it up because it's a business! But what they fail to see is that even individuals in business still have feelings and pride and expect some type of loyalty from their employers!
Why is Jay Cutler the crybaby, when McDaniels was the real baby who was a whiny baby about the fact that he couldn't have the QB he wanted, even if it meant giving up the future of his franchise?!
And for those who say the Bears paid too much for Cutler, I say this to you: Kyle Orton? Are you kidding? And two first round draft picks? Consider how many first-round draft picks actually pan out in the NFL, and take that into consideration even more when you're talking about the Bears: Rex Grossman, Cedric Benson—need I go on?
And how many times do you walk into a draft KNOWING you're getting a franchise QB. A draft pick represents nothing but the mere hope of a college player's transition to the pro game—with Jay Cutler you're talking about a known commodity!
There is no downside to this! I think the Bears should have given up ten first round draft picks if necessary, considering the last time we had anything close to a franchise QB was in 1942 when Sid Luckman was still breathing!
Idiot analysts like EPSN's Trent Dilfer and Mark Schlereth have already tried to downplay Cutler's trade to the Bears, Schlereth going so far as to say that the Bears are a worse team with the draft picks that they lost. What? We pay these guys to bring us sports?
Bear fans, REJOICE—WE HAVE A QB. Do your best to tone out the whines of bitter Bronco fans and the Denver media, and do your best to appreciate what your GM did for you today.
He took a shot, a very controlled and calculated shot and an almost win-win situation for the Bears, but it was a shot none the less—and he did it because a fan base cried out for more.
Jay Cutler will the Bears QB for a long time to come, and personally, I can't wait to see him throwing deep to Devin Hester and lining up in front of Matt Forte this coming season.
And don't forget about that revamped line he'll be playing behind. Orlando Pace anyone? The Bears went from free agency hibernation, to making the biggest splash of the offseason today, and I couldn't be happier.
Welcome Jay Cutler, we've been waiting a long time for a QB like you here in Chicago.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!