And yes he is responsible for the Bears loss on Sunday. But for the present and going forward let's make one thing clear: This franchise is at fault for his lack of development.No matter how many picks the Bears gave up of how much money they gave Jay Cutler understand that Bears management took the easy way out. Sure they saw a great opportunity to go and grab a disgruntle, 25 year old Pro Bowler. But more than that what they saw was an opportunity for them to get for free what good organizations have to pay for...DEVELOPMENT.
When we got Jay Cutler last year he was not a finished product. He was at a very delicate point in his career in terms of development. He went from becoming a legit NFL star to trying to learn how to win. He went from a tailor made suit that was created just for him, to wearing someone else clothes off the rack. As a fan base we expected him to fit that suit and to wear it with no problems.
It takes work and luck to draft the right QB. But it takes even more work to develop him and surround him with the right parts. Look at what Shannahan did after he moved up in the '06 draft to get Cutler. In that same draft he took: Tony Schefler and Brandon Marshall. In '07 he grabbed Ryan Harris and in '08 he grabbed Ryan Clady and Eddie Royal. Notice a trend here? What have we done since grabbing Cutler? We signed Chester Taylor, a blocking TE and got lucky with a 5th round WR. Look at what Balitmore has given Flacco to work with. How about what the Jets gave Sanchez? Or what Atlanta has given Matt Ryan. All three of these guys have several things in common, all three are young QBs who's franchises have invested in them, given them great O-lines and great, EXPERIENCED receivers. Oh and none of the three are as good as Cutler in my opinion. All three are now poised in the coming years, for playoff runs and Superbowl opportunities.
We have an organization that doesn't think it's worth it to give up a 3rd for Randy Moss, a 5th for Santonio Holmes or even taking a flier on TJ Houshmandzadeh, but has no problem giving up a 2nd rounder for Gaines Adams? See this is where the issue lies. If the public wants to spend the next 2 weeks worrying about Jay Cutler's demeanor, go ahead but I'm going to keep my eye focused on the real issue...Management.
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