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When you make a trade for one player and everyone pegs you as an instant contender and jumps on your bandwagon, you're a little bit overrated.
When that player is possibly the most overrated player in the league, you're the most overrated team going into the 2009 NFL season, the Chicago Bears.
I am not a believer of Jay Cutler in Chicago and here's why:
In Denver, he had a fantastic offensive line and a great receiving corps in Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, and Darrell Jackson, as well as two above-average receiving tight ends in Tony Scheffler and Daniel Graham.
In Chiago, he has a decent offensive line, a great tight end in Greg Olsen and his number one receiver, Devin Hester, is a converted conerback/kick returner.
Do you need an example? Jay Cutler's number 3 receiver from last season (Brandon Stokley) had 49 receptions in 2008, while him No. 1 receiver this season (Devin Hester) had 51 receptions in 2008. Now, I think Brandon Stokley is great and all, but that statistic is shocking and shows why Jay Cutler won't be the same Jay Cutler in Chicago.
Now this isn't just all a Jay Cutler bashfest; there are other weaknesses of the Chicago Bears. Namely the defensive line and secondary.
The Bears D-line was a major liability last season and they didn't do much to improve it in the offseason, short of drafting end Henry Melton in the third round.
Nathan Vasher has struggled in 2008 and the departure of Mike Brown has left a major gap at free safety. This is one of the weaker Bears defensive groups in recent years.
So, there you have it, the Chicago Bears are the Lil' Wayne of the 2009 NFL season. Cheers are in order.
I'm not saying that the team is going to be bad (which is what I'm saying for all of these teams...well, maybe not the Bengals) but this one move is not enough to put them over the top, especially when they didn't improve in other areas that they really needed to.