Well everyone, the season has come down to this. The Packers get Rodgers back and from the latest googling I've done Cobb and Lacy are looking as if they are playing as well. Hopefully last week's debacle is in the past and we are motivated enough to at least look like a semi-coherent group.
Jay Cutler. That name spawns hate and hope by just reading it. To beat a dead horse (such as the one in the picture), he has all the tools in the world and has lacked consistency due to multiple factors. The revolving door of coordinators, receivers, and lineman over his years here in Chicago have taken their toll. The shortsightedness of some of the fans, has lead to a falsely created disdain for Cutler. The McCown situation didn't really help the matter either. God bless him, but he has 60% of the physical tools of Jay. Now that my BleacherReport-like analysis of their physical comparison is done, let's look at the long term situation.
Here's a short list of possible free agents: Josh Freeman, Ponder, Weeden, Gabbert, Favre (had to), Cutler, McCown.
The best names on that list lie on our roster currently. Between them, Cutler is 30 vs McCown at the ripe age of 34. Long term future plans dictate building around a qb that has years ahead of him. McCown does not have that luxury. Now, if he was younger or at the same age as Cutler, then we may have a valid argument to cut ties and invest elsewhere, but this is the hand we are dealt.
Bridgewater, Carr, Manziel, Mettenberger, Boyd
Do any of those names as an early draft pick strike confidence long term? I believe management would feel more comfortable with Jay and drafting someone later like a Mettenberger due to his acl injury. He has great upside, and could be given time to get some preparation time for the big time on Sundays.
I believe the situation is clear. We sign Cutler to a club-friendly deal that does not break the bank. His injury history is definitely going to be noted in the process. If he doesn't like it, then it's adios señor for him. Emery needs to beef up the defense at all levels. It can be legitimately stated that every position on defense is a draft and free agency need. Signing Cutler to a market-value deal (say 9-10 mill with incentive bonuses) would allow the Bears to make crucial moves to plug up the holes in the sieve of the defensive side.
So everyone, Sunday may be Cutler's Last Stand in the navy and orange. I wish we had more offensive stability, such as this year, so that we would not be having this debate currently. The future is bright, and I believe Emery and Trestman will get us to where we need to be.