Chicago Bears Need More Than Jay Cutler

Alvin BrownContributor IApril 3, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 22: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears awaits the start of play against the Green Bay Packers on December 22, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Packers 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Bears defense is average and aging. Their wide-outs are average and that's being generous. Although I do think Greg Olsen is a beast as a receiving tight end. They have a decent young RB and now a gun-slinging QB in Cutler.

Still, numerous questions linger. Will newly acquired Orlando Pace last an entire season? For that matter, will Tillman, Vasher and Urlacher stay healthy? This is not the suffocating Bears defense of a few years ago. Will they find a top receiver in this draft? 

I predict that other than bring fan expectation and excitement, Cutler does no more for them than Kyle Orton did a year ago. That's not to say that Cutler's passing stats will not eclipse Orton, but the difference in games won will be marginal. Yes, the Bears will be in games, as Cutler's fourth quarter stats show that he is a gamer. But for goodness sake, giving them the division and exalting them to one of the NFC elite teams is a bit premature.

They still have to overcome the Vikings and Peterson, the Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Arizona, Panthers, and that defensive monster under construction in Dallas. Cutler gives the Bears a more attractive offense that will help ticket sales, not bring automatic championships.

I'm a big fan and I hope he throws for 400 yards every Sunday. His arm may be that big, but the team around him is not that good.