Here I am just back from Denver and all I can say is the Broncos front office snow job of trying to deal, then say he is our QB and then deal Jay Cutler to the Bears is one melt down for the ages. I expect to be hearing for several years people in Denver asking, “What just happened?” In Chicago they are saying, “Look what the wind just blew in, OMG!” Let me go on record right now the Bears got the best end of this deal.
Okay, I just got back from Denver and in a short survey learned that while the populace thought both sides handled themselves poorly, 60% laid the blame on the Bronco front office. If Denver doesn’t win in a hurry there are going to be some very unhappy campers in Denverland. There is just no way Chris Simms or Kyle Orton can measure up to Cutler on arm ability. Sure Jay was 17-20 as a starter but we in Nashville know how well Cutler can do on teams that don’t have the talent. This Pro Bowl QB given the talent already in Chicago will result in more than his share of playoff appearances. Mark my words, this trade may end up being the biggest news in Chicago since the great fire as early as next year.
Here is some nostalgia for you, who was the last Bear’s quarterback from Vanderbilt? If you said, Bill Wade you would be correct. I once had the privilege of attending a football camp sort of where we got tips from Bill on how to catch the ball. Bill just happened to have graduated from the same Hillsboro HS as me. Okay that’s enough of going back in time lets go Back to the Future.
This has all the same writing on the wall when former Bear coach, Mike Ditka then with the New Orleans Saints bet the ranch and traded everyone on the team for who? That was the infamous Ricky Williams trade up that included the Washington Redskins. Well, there is a lot riding on this trade as well. Ditka ultimately paid the price and fired following a 3-13 season in which he had promised a Super Bowl.
Well coach Lovie Smith’s job is not on the line for this trade but you better believe there will be great expectations in the Windy City this season. There is something else intriguing about all this. Even when everyone in the entire SEC knew that Cutler would throw to his former Vanderbilt teammate Earl Bennett, a combination renewed as a result of the trade, teams couldn’t stop him. Will history repeat itself? This is going to be one great season to watch in Chicago.