I was just starting to have hope for this season. The Bears had made a few additions and were likely to make more. I thought that even if they reached on a WR, I was looking forward to seeing the offense develop with the new and improved OL and any WR that they added.
Then the Jay Cutler bomb went off and decimated all my plans in a flash. This was especially shocking since how many of us can say that they honestly believed the Bears could beat out the other teams in this deal?
At first I was sad that Orton just had his chance pulled out from under him, then I was angry when I found out the complete details that were made in the deal, because all of the players I envisioned the Bears getting in the draft were now gone.
What all this has left me is a QB that would have to step in and carry the weight of a team that nobody has been able to for so long.
It made me sick to my stomach thinking that all my team’s hopes hung on a player that has never even played for the team before.
All everyone kept saying was “franchise QB” and “Pro Bowl QB”. Michael Vick was a Pro Bowl player from 2003-2006. Not so comforting anymore huh? It’s a fan based popularity contest.
Angelo has been overseeing the complete operation since ’04. While I don’t think he has done a good job, I don’t like the value that everyone is associating with the teams 1st round picks. I find it ridiculous that some people keep saying that the Bears were just going to blow the picks anyways.
If you believe that, then why would you support the team and not be demanding new management? If you don’t draft well, you need to fire the scouts and get new ones, instead of accepting it.
So after sleeping on it, I think this deal will help both teams. The Broncos will get some much needed draft picks to help them, along with a QB to compete in camp. The Bears will get their QB without the risk of having to draft the position. Orton should be happy to play for a team with an, at least, decent offense line and not one, but two good receivers.
Cutler on the other hand gets a much harsher reality. The consolation to this is that he will join the team that he grew up cheering for and will instantly be beloved as a savior by the majority of fans. I have to say that would be a pretty cool thing to happen to someone.
However, if they don’t make significant improvements on both sides of the ball, I want new people coaching next year. No more demotions. Pack your bag and hit the bricks! Get on the phone with Bill Cowher or Mike Shanahan and get this team on track.