Chicago Bears Should Just Say "No" to Jay Cutler and Say "Yes" to Kyle Orton

Thomas ClarkCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 22: Kyke Orton #18 of the Chicago Bears calls offensive signals 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)

As rumors of the Chicago Bears trading for Jay Cutler start to arise in the Windy City, I am one of the few fans that disagree with remarks from recent articles by David Haugh and Dan Pompei about acquiring Cutler. Because truthfully, I believe the Bears know who there quarterback of the future is and he already wears navy blue every Sunday.

Now like most NFL analysts, I agree that Jay Cutler is an exceptional talent with a great arm. But after playing with one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal, do you think Cutler will perform as well as he did in Denver, no longer able to pass to one of the premier receivers in the league?

Don't get me wrong, sometimes when I close my eyes I imagine Jay Cutler playing in Soldier Field and heaving a 60 yard bomb to Devin Hester. But does this team really need a modern day quarterback diva as the face of this franchise? I may only be one person, but I certainly believe that Cutler just wouldn't fit the Bears.

As Jerry Angelo has stressed in many press conferences of late, the Bears do need to address the quarterback position. But unlike others, I believe the Bears need to address it with a late draft pick or a veteran backup. I do think that depth at quarterback is a problem for the Bears.

With one injury you go from a five year starter to an untested undrafted rookie quarterback. I agree with Angelo that is a problem, but I don't think that means the Bears should trade for Jay Cutler.

When Kyle Orton was voted team captain at the start of the 2008 season, I thought for sure that after he won the quarterback competition in training camp Lovie Smith wanted to back up his choice by naming him team captain.

But as the season progressed I could feel a sense of respect for Orton from the players and a sense of leadership that I never felt with Rex Grossman. At that moment, I realized that maybe Kyle Orton could become the franchise quarterback of the Bears for years to come.

After watching every Bears game throughout the season, I saw many plays that made my comfort with Orton under center grow. He managed the game and was a huge key to the major improvement to the offense. Unlike Grossman, he didn't mind handing it off to the Bears outstanding rookie running back Matt Forte.

But the play that made me know that Orton would be the next great Bears quarter back wasn't where he threw two touchdowns against the Vikings or when he mounted a great comeback against the Packers to keep the season alive, it was the first play of the Bears game against the Rams.

It was Orton's game back from his ankle injury after only missing one game and on the first play of the game the Bears ran a reverse to Devin Hester, and Hester was about to get tackled from behind for a loss of yards when out of nowhere Orton laid a great block on the Rams defensive end who was chasing Hester.

Hester bolted up field for a 20 yard gain. Even Tom Thayer, the Bears broad caster commented on the play and said that Orton could have re-injured his ankle. But on a play that some people would call stupid or hard headed, I would just call a play of great leadership.

So know as rumors start to float around the Chicago Bears minicamp ,we should all ignore them because we have our own great quarterback and his name is Kyle Orton.


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