Well it looks like all of a sudden the Bears are the favorite to with the NFC North next year. I swear every week there is new drama in the world of professional football. It seems to me like opinions are changed on a dime, and not only are they changed, but people are also irrationally passionate about these decisions.
Don't get me wrong. I applaud the Bears for this move. They really did whatever it took to get the deal done, and they deserve some credit. Many people agreed that this was a great idea, but almost no one predicted that it would actually happen. But Chicago really did give up a fair share.
Denver- Jay Cutler
Chicago- 2009 first-round draft pick, 2010 first-round draft pick, 2009 third-round draft pick, Kyle Orton.
First off, I really hope Denver gives Orton a chance to play with the guys out there. Chicago has more than one area that is lacking, and quality receivers are certainly on the top of that list. He could turn out to be a great acquisition for the Broncos if McDaniels lets him throw the ball.
That being said, I think it is way too early to decide which direction this will take for the Bears. Cutler is absolutely an upgrade to the position. This is something the Bears have been trying to get right for... at least the entire time I have been alive.
They needed to to it. They needed to take a chance. As for an immediate result, I am not so sure. Not everyone collects draft picks like the Eagles, so the loss of two is something that will make things for the Bears a little more difficult.
Many have been optimistic that Cutler will be able to further the development of his receiving corps, and possibly even expedite it. Others are screaming for Chicago to pursue Torry Holt from the Rams. I think this is a valid option—if only to act as a bridge until the position gets more stable.
But, we must think logically here. What are they chances they go after another big addition? Would they really be willing to throw even more money into the mix? I am going to say that it would be worth it for a little security, but it still seems doubtful. But I guess after this week, I have to say that anything is possible.
But really, I am going to get back to my original point. There is all this talk about Chicago winning the division next year. I guess I don't think this is too far off base, but I am mostly saying that because I am considering the deficiencies on the other teams.
Minnesota has a fairly solid team amid serious quarterback issues, Green Bay had a defensive collapse last year and is in the process of converting to a 3-4 defense which is likely going to cause bumps in the road, and Detroit.. well... is Detroit.
So do I think the Bears will win the division? I think for now I'll favor them, but I won't be committing to that answer anytime soon. Ask me again in week three.