Hello Bears fans,
My name is Will, a new member of this website, however I've been making regular visits here since 2010 (I don't know what took so long). I am writing this article not trying to sway the decisions of Phil Emery and the rest of the Bears front office when draft day comes around, but rather to express my own opinion of a certain QB situation. Allow to me start off my article by expressing that I am a huge fan of Jay Cutler, and I do believe that he is certainly a franchise quarterback, however with injury issues, and a loaded draft class, picking a quarterback may make sense. The Bears' defense is a mess as of late, and many may suggest drafting a player on that side of the ball, I concur to a certain degree, but lets look at it from a financial aspect.
Julius Peppers will be gone next year, and Devin Hester's contract is expiring, leaving the Bears with a decent amount of cap room. I don't need to go through the long, long list of upcoming free agents the Bears have to make decisions on (including Cutler), so right now the understanding is that the Bears are a mess heading into next year. This is exactly why i believe that should relieve Cutler now and move on when there is already ample transition occurring. Choosing not to re-sign Jay will leave the Bears with out a 100 million dollar contract or an expensive 16 million dollar franchise tag, on a not-so-young QB with an injured past, and will allow them to resign players like Henry Melton. Robbie Gould, Tim Jennings, and Matt Slauson among others. In addition, the Bears will be able to draft a QB (more on who I think that should be later), and continue to build on a few promising young defenders like Jon Bostic and Shea McClellin.
So lets say that the Bears follow through with my plan and decide to move on from Cutler, with an impressive offense surrounding the QB, the Bears could conceivably focus very much on defense in the upcoming draft, however they would need to address the all important quarterback position, and for the record, as much as I live Josh McGown, he is not the Bears franchise QB. Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota (if he chooses to enter the draft), will be long gone, still this leaves the Bears with many options. I can't stress enough that drafting a QB rounds 3-7 and attempting to "develop" them, rarely ever works out, so the Bears will have to go all in on a QB, and i believe that Texas A&M superstar Johnny Manziel would be the best for the Bears. He has an immense skill set, a strong arm, and freakish athleticism. He is quite comparable to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who as we all know torched the Bears last year. For now ignore his off the field non sense, and focus on what you see on the field, a QB with a great skill set, who with a some coaching could become a Pro Bowler.
But, Jay Cutler can still come back, and lead the Bears to the playoffs and possibly beyond for all I know. Just remember there's a lot of football left to be played. I thank you for reading this article on a very controversial topic. Whether you agree with me or not, please leave a comment, I'd love to see other people opinions. Beardown