Today, Phil Emery held a press conference at the newly renovated--and very sharp looking if I may add--Halas Hall as the team prepares itself for a week 1 showdown with a powerhouse in the Cincinnati Bengals. He addressed a wide range of topics, from congratulating all the new faces who made the final roster, to a brief passage and update on each of his veterans. Among the notes: Henry Melton and Earl Bennett have both been cleared to play, and Brandon Marshall is back in Chicago. He also repeated his desire to see Jay Cutler lead the Bears in winning a championship.
Now, he's always been known for being an advocate of Jay Cutler, and the majority of moves made this off-season would make one suggest he's investing in the embattled QB long-term. Yet, there was one statement he made that stood out above all, and that statement was:
Emery says he wants a quarterback-centric team— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) September 2, 2013
Yes, you have all read that correctly; Phil Emery's goal is to transform the long-time defensively centered franchise into one led by a QB. This has never happened in the lengthy history of the franchise, as given the longest list of members named Hall-of-Famers, only 1 of those is a QB: Sid Luckman. Of course, countless attempts have been made to find that QB to lead the team, and as of now, none of them have truly panned out. They've tried absolutely everything, from drafting, to signing them off the streets, to even trading for their "guy". With all these attempts, the following names come to mind: Cade McNown, Rex Grossman, Rick Mirer, Chad Hutchinson, etc. I literally had to stop that list short, because I felt like I was going to lose my lunch if I had continued.
Now, here we are with one Jay Cutler. Entering his 4th season with the Bears, he's set to undergo a season following a complete change in philosophy, from coaching to roster creation and management. After a lengthy list of roster changes that includes an overhauled OL and TE corps actively being overseen by new Head Coach Marc Trestman, Phil Emery has placed Jay Cutler in an actual position to succeed with his new-look supporting cast. This is the first time in recent memory that I can remember such a serious effort being made to feature long-term solutions on all positions of the offense. He's got all the tools, and now it's time for him to execute.
In all my (young) years in being a Bears fan, I've never seen such a massive amount of real talent on offense. We have at least 1 player who's been named to the Pro-bowl at QB, RB, WR, and the OL. So far, the TE position is the only group on offense not to featured a Pro-bowler, but that can change if Martellus Bennett takes his game to a new level. By far, the most important position in all of this, is the QB. Can Jay Cutler finally become that QB who leads create this QB-centered team Phil Emery desires to build? Or, will they have to try again in the next draft? We shall have our answer soon, as Brandon Marshall says below:
Brandon Marshall: "Now, it's go time."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) September 2, 2013