Alright Chicago, order up a dish of polish sausage, side of coleslaw, and a frosty Pabst's, and have a seat while I explain to you why Jay Cutler won't make a scrap of difference to the Bears' so-called offense.
No "offense" and no pun intended.
First off, we're talking about the Chicago Bears' offense. With the exception of Walter Payton, the bar has never been set psrticularly high for the unit. The last great quarterback your team had in a long line of game managers was Sid Luckman (who's that?).
Everyone knows defense wins championships, but champions do, at times, have to put enough points on the board to win. Fans can't rely on just interception returns for touchdowns.
What about Jim McMahon? Ah yes, the Punky QB. This Midway rebel made the biggest splash with his semantics off the field.
No, Jay Cutler's role in this offense will be to dump the ball off to his tight ends and hand the ball off about 30 times a game. Chicago fans should not be impressed when Cutler throws a 40-yard bomb once every three games and brags about it.
Perhaps I'm being too hard on the orange and blue. Besides, we've all tapped our feet to the Super Bowl Shuffle, done our best DITKA impressions, and laughed our butts off with SNL's Chris Farley and the Super Fans.
Daaaaaa Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears!
Don't blame me; blame Jay Cutler. He's the mile-high punk who left his team high and dry over an immature reaction to the Bronco's interest in Matt Cassel.
Did he have the right to be concerned? Yes. Did he handle the situation like a professional? No.
If anyone believes Cutler's actions were justified, ask yourself why Donovan McNabb did not run off to Chicago, his home town, after the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb with their first pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
Sorry Bears believers, your team will never capture another title until Lovie Smith and the front office put in an offense that translates in to the high-flying, fast-paced game played today.
Even Green Bay, your divisional neighbor to the north, has learned from Favre that a big time air assault is what is needed to go far. The Pittsburgh Steelers, probably the best example of being fundamentally sound on both offense and defense, are a fine example to aspire to.
Once Jay Cutler has the receivers he needs, the Bears will dominate a fairly weak NFC North. Until that time, the search for a steady offensive rhythm continues.