Pressure Will Be on Defense in Chicago...Not Jay Cutler

Steve PopowskiCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Joe Odom #59, Brian urlacher #54 and Alex brown # 96 of the Chicago Bears combine to tackle Kevin Jones #34 of the Detroit Lions during a game on September 12, 2004 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With the Bears signing Jay Cutler to be their quarterback for the next decade, all everybody is talking about is the amount of pressure that Cutler will be under in playing in Chicago. Pundits such as former quarterback and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer is one of them.

I am sorry Trent, but if you haven't noticed, Chicago football is based on running the ball and playing defense. It has been that way for the last 50 years.

If anybody on the Bears should be feeling the pressure, it should be the defense, because they can no longer say that their offense is not helping them out. More specifically, it will be the Bears secondary that will be under fire, after finishing last season 30th in pass yards allowed.

The Cutler trade is a bonus to Bears fan. We have never had a quarterback to get excited about. Orton is not an elite quarterback. He has had his moments, but if McDaniels thinks that he is the second coming of Tom Brady, he is crazy.

The Bears fans have suffered through years of bad quarterbacks, and it is a bonus that they now have one. If they are going to win, it will not be in Cutler's hands. It never has been.

If the Bears are going to win in 2009-2010, it will be the defense that needs to step up, not the offense.