A Bears Fan With Mixed Emotions

Well, I had an inkling this might happen, but I was really trying hard not to think about the possibility until it became reality today.  The reality of which I speak is the trade of Jay Cutler to my team, the Chicago Bears, in exchange for Kyle Orton and two first-round draft choices, as well as a third-round draft choice.

The Bears had emerged as a potential suitor for Cutler in the last few days, but I’ll be frank when I say, I wasn’t enthused about the prospect.  My thoughts on Cutler are well known at this point, and the fact he’ll be pulling a Bears jersey over his head this fall isn’t changing any of my previous thoughts on him and the childish attitude he took to force his way out of Denver.  And I’m not that big of a fan of Kyle Orton, either — he’s a game manager with limited upside — so it’s not that I’m devastated to see him go in favor of the former Broncos quarterback.  I certainly recognize the immense natural ability that Cutler brings to the table;  he’s already by far the most talented player to take the position under center for the Bears in my lifetime, and he might be the most talented signal-caller the Bears have ever had.

No, what worries me still is Cutler’s attitude and makeup, and the trade doesn’t change a thing concerning that.  I’m sure he’s going to go into camp this year with the whole “prove the Broncos wrong” mentality, and that’s a good thing I would imagine.  But I wonder how he’s going to react when he finds out that the Bears offense isn’t going to revolve around him (Matt Forte is the go-to guy now and in the future — that’s how the Bears win games in December, with the running game and their defense).  I wonder how he’s going to react when he realizes there’s no Brandon Marshall in Chicago for him to throw to.  And I wonder how he’s going to react if he can’t live up to the incredibly high expectations that fans in the Windy City are going to have in him.

My exact words just a couple of days ago were, “Cutler simply isn’t going to be a winner in the NFL, no matter how gaudy his numbers look or how strong his arm is.”  I’m not backing down on that until I see something to the contrary.  As a Bears fan, I’m going to try to stay optimistic, but unless he grows up a lot between now and his first start for the Bears, I won’t do what Cutler might suggest I try to get my way — I won’t hold my breath.

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One Response to “A Bears Fan With Mixed Emotions”

  1. […] out of Denver and the impact I thought he’d make on the Bears — can be found here and here.  And now that the NFL season is slightly more than halfway over?  Those concerns haven’t […]

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