Jay Cutler comes to Chicago! Okay, now that the obvious has been stated let's take a look at this and see what it means for the Chicago Bears. Everyone knows we gave up the farm and says we got ripped off...well I don't know about being ripped off.
Cutler has been a distraction of late, but I don't see that continuing in Chicago. Let's state a big one, he grew up not a Colts fan being from Indiana, but a Bears fan. You make it to the NFL and get to be a shining star on your favorite team growing up, that's living a boy hood dream. He reunites with some familiar faces in Earl Bennett, Chris Williams, and Hunter Hillenmeyer.
People question the Bears' talent at wide receiver. Ok, I understand the question there as we don't have a legit No. 1. I take a look at this and can state a few things. I'll start with a quote from the No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.
Larry Fitzgerald has stated it's not the wide receiver that makes the quarterback, but it is the quarterback that makes the wide receiver. That being said, Hester took strides towards being a good wide receiver, and now has Cutler to throw him the ball so he won't have to turn around and run back for Orton's weak arm.
Let's take a look at the wide receiver that truly benefits from this acquisition.....Earl Bennett. Earl Bennett was the second best WR statistically out of the SEC, which is known for being a strong conference in college football as well as being willing to air it out. Earl Bennett needed a QB for his pro day prior to being drafted by the Bears last year. Jay Cutler answered the call.
Can anyone tell me when an NFL starter and feels they are among the best in the league to go help out a former teammate? The connection is already there.
Look at what he did with Tony Scheffler, now let's give him Greg Olsen who is definitely a quicker tight end that is making strides towards being a top tight end in the league.
People are going around comparing Jay Cutler to John Elway. That's a comparison that I don't feel should be made as Elway had a career and Cutler has had three seasons. Everyone talks about how he has to make the playoffs first. Unless he knows how to play linebacker or some defensive position I don't know about, then the Broncos not making the playoffs can't be put on his shoulders.
Yes, he has a career winning percentage below .500, but he's 13-1 while his defense has held the other team to 21 points and below. When the defense has played he is 13-1 (The only loss being against the Green Bay Packers in which the Pack won in OT after winning the toss and first play from scrimmage was a Brett Favre bomb for an 82 yard TD.)
I believe Cutler has the potential to be in the same discussion as many NFL greats, but only he can decide if he reaches his full potential. As a Bears fan I really hope he decides that he toughens up his skin and steps up and shows the world he can be the best in the NFL (After Brady and Manning retire.)
I think this truly did help both sides, but I like how it helps the Bears, as I will worry about us winning our division before I worry about how far we can get into the playoffs. We have a QB now that can get into a shootout, so that helps our chances. This is the first time in a long time (possibly in history), that we have the best QB in our division. Welcome home Cutler, we're glad to have you.