With 'The Jay Cutler Show', 'Hard Knocks' May Be On The Horizon for Bears

LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks with Josh McCowen #12 during a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler is going to have a radio show, huh?

It's been interesting over the course of the past offseason and season to see this newer Jay Cutler emerging. After the absolutely ridiculous Cutler's Knee-gate brouhaha in the 2010 NFCCG, I genuinely thought we might see a Jay Cutler who lives in a complete cave.

But then something happened...Jay got more friendly, if not still very sarcastic, at the podium. He seemed more willing to do interviews.

Now he'll have a weekly "show" on the radio. While that's nothing new for sports fans, it's pretty exciting for Bears fans who are used to a pretty tight-lipped team community. But could it also be a building block for something much, much bigger?

Now, keep in mind, this is purely conjecture at this point. Were I privy to any sort of true communications on the subject, do you think I'd really be here right now?

That being said, it feels like a potential door could be opening up at Halas Hall, and that door could open for HBO's Hard Knocks.

The long-running program has always provided an interesting insight into what goes on with teams during those dog days of summer, watching rookies try to claw their way on to a roster, while providing a glimpse at the veteran players fans of other teams have grown to love. But never Bears fans.

With a venture like 'The Jay Cutler Show', it could show a new openness by the Chicago football team's to outside forms of exposure, and the corresponding revenues.

Picture it, one of the largest and most loyal fanbase in the country, with nearly a hundred years of team history, and a roster that is a healthy mix of new and old talent. It's a great mix, and could provide some great insight into how a team that has been family-owned, and historically very private, operates.

What's the best way to make something like that happen? The fans. Fans need to show management that they want to see that extra footage. They want that extra connection to the team, and they'd like to get to know these players better. No offense to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but I have to imagine the Bears would draw a few more viewers than JAX pulled down in 2004, or the Chiefs in 2007.

Jay being out there is the first step, I think, and I hope it leads to unprecedented levels of access to the Bears organization.

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