''I was surprised they decided to trade me this soon,'' Cutler told Foxsports.com. ''I didn't want to get traded. This wasn't me. They had been going back and forth saying things, wanting me to be their quarterback, and then they didn't. I really didn't want this. I love Denver. I really like my teammates. I didn't want it to get this far.''
At this point, I think the Broncos got the better deal. The bottom line is they got rid of the temperamental Cutler. Aside from that, grabbing TWO first round picks from the Bears for the guy is grand larceny. It is hard to believe they got that much for him. Considering players like Randy Moss, L.T., Matt Cassel, etc., had trade values set at ONE 2nd, 3rd or 4th round pick, TWO first rounders is alot for a guy who has never been in or won a playoff game. Talk about steep. (We're not exactly talking about Peyton Manning here.)
Personally, I think the Bears would have been better off keeping Orton and keeping the continuity at QB, and then building the parts of their team that they need. Like wide receivers...or even just one decent one...or an offensive line. I guess the Bears REALLY wanted to be able to say that not having a respected QB wasn't their problem anymore. But TWO first rounders? Talk about overpaying.
Even before his latest antics, Jay Cutler was wearing thin on even some Broncos fans. And I can understand why. Seeing Cutler play in the AFC West every year, he reminds me of Jeff George. No, really. Strong arm, soft head...and emotionally temperamental. His passing stats are as high as they are because of the team throwing on nearly every down. Much like Texas Tech's QB's numbers are so gaudy, the same goes for Jay's numbers. But when it counts, he often looks disinterested, indifferent, and often times makes ill-advised throws that result in turnovers because he's so enamored with his own arm strength. Again, Jeff George.
The stat that he is 13-1 when his defense holds the other team to less than 21 points is ridiculous. Last season, 24 teams averaged 21 or more points a game. Of course a team that holds two-thirds of the league under their average points scored per game is going to be successful. Its like saying "If we score more points than the other team, we'll win most of our games."
My guess is that as long as Cutler is happy in Chicago, they'll get good enough play out of him to have it be an upgrade over Orton. But at what cost?
It has been interesting to read the Bears fan's comments around the web after this trade. It doesn't sound like they thought the trade was a good one. I for one think most of them are right.