For years the Chicago Bears have been playing musical chairs. There has been no consistency at the Quarterback position in general. Let’s face it, 27 different quarterbacks have stood at center since Jim McMahon’s last hike as a Bear back in 1988. 22 Years, 27 Quarterbacks and ZERO Super Bowl Wins. Hey, I didn’t get a chair!
Now, Bear Nation finds itself in quite a different predicament. We have a potential franchise quarterback in Jay Cutler. Jay did show us hints of greatness, albeit, with a rocky start here in Chicago. Leading the league in interceptions (26) is just one type of statistic that many great quarterbacks have. After all, 14 Hall of Fame quarterbacks have led the league in intercepts at least one season. 27 Touchdowns is pretty darn good. Passing for 3666 yards is not too shabby either.
With the potential franchise quarterback here now, what consistency can the Bears organization provide to develop this raw talent? Well, with the firing of Ron Turner the Bears have ensured that Cutler will be working under his 3rd consecutive offensive coordinator in as many years.
What happens if the new offensive and defensive coordinators do not get the job done? Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo could be out of a job and along with a new head coach we could have a 4th consecutive offensive coordinator in as many years. Is that going to happen? I think not. Regardless Smith and Angelo have pulled off a major contract victory to retain their jobs for the next two years. Why?
- They can always blame that failure is the result of the team having to learn a new system.
- They can always blame the fact that they are just a few pieces shy. A few pieces they could not afford to pick up in 2010 because of the trades made for 2009.
- They can always hang their hats on not wanting to have musical chairs at the offensive coordinators position because it will hurt the Bears organizations investment in a franchise quarterback
So, what does this mean for Jay Cutler? YOU GOT SCREWED! Or, you screwed yourself in demanding a trade. For better or for worse, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith better pray to the football gods that Jay Cutler stays healthy or their grand plan could fall apart at the passing seams.