Chicago Bears: Did They Give Too Much For Jay Cutler?
Bears fans—I know this is your first Pro Bowl quarterback since Jim McMahon in '85, and the first QB you feel like is a "franchise" QB. I've looked through some things about the Cutler trade, and just want to share them with you.
Looking beyond the first-year impact of Cutler:
The offensive line isn't getting any younger
I know, Chris Williams is young, and has experience with Cutler at Vandy, so that's a plus. With Kreutz and Pace being 13 and 12 year veterans, respectively, how many years does that leave them with? How good is a QB without solid protection?
Denver had awesome receivers, which I don't believe are products of Jay Cutler. Cutler, Marshall, Royal, and Scheffler were all learning at the same time. I'm not sold on Jay being a franchise QB yet.
I think he has all the skills in the world, but he has to get his mind right and grow up.
The Bears have unproven receivers
Yes, Jay Cutler can throw the deep ball and Devin Hester can run fast, but can he catch the ball? If these receivers were dropping balls from Grossman and Orton, can they catch a bullet from this rocket arm?
Earl Bennett will probably have a break-out year being use to playing with Cutler from college. I would really depend on Olsen to be Cutler's main target, though.
Forte is a strong point, being the leading receiver last year, but they need to get him a back to split carries to keep him healthy.
Filling the holes over the next few years.
With the Bears giving up so many draft picks, they will have to address these problems in free agency. If we run into a non-salary cap year, this may help the Bears most.
If not, though, they may have problems. If I recall, Cutler is only due slight over one million dollars this year. If he is the QB they say he is, with James "Bus" Cook as his agent, look for that number to increase dramatically.
By the time they get this offense in solid form, how old will the defense be?
These are just a few down points. I know there are several reasons to be excited about having Cutler, but I just wanted to point these out and see what everyone thought.
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