So Chicago just landed a Pro-Bowl quarterback in Jay Cutler. According to conventional wisdom, they filled a major hole in their roster and should immediately improve from last year's 9-7 campaign.
Brandon is impressed with the move. bizzle4 was surprised by it. My reaction?
Yeah, yeah, Cutler is a decent quarterback. He's got a big arm, has above-average mobility, and certainly knows how to lead a team, not to mention the perfunctory offseason drama-fest. But in the Windy City, he doesn't have Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal to throw to, nor does he have the ridiculous altitude that makes his long ball look even longer. (And yes, that is exactly what she said.)
There's just too many problems with the Bears for me to take them seriously. Orlando Pace is going to protect the blind side? Really? Pace will have problems containing Cullen Jenkins at this point in his career, much less Jared Allen. Devin Hester is an incredible athlete, but I have my doubts as to his ability as a wide reciever. The rest of the recieving corps contains gems like Earl Bennett, Rashied Davis, and Devin Aromashodu. Matt Forte will still have to carry the offense, and he's bound to get dinged up sooner or later.
Throw in Jay Cutler's iffy accuracy and the myriad of problems on the defensive side of the ball, and you've got a roster which promises much and delivers little. Expect a ton of people to pick them to win the division and make a deep playoff run.
You know things are crazy when the Minnesota Vikings have a legitimate reason to cry out "Disrespect!" I honestly think that Detroit would be a better fit for Cutler: blindly chucking it to Calvin Johnson will probably result in more touchdowns than blindly chucking it to Greg Olsen. The Bears just plain gave up way too much to get Rex Grossman v.2.0.
So am I excited for the Bears-Packers opener on Sunday Night Football? Quoth the Kool Aid Guy...