It’s been said that the Bear’s are a cheap team that doesn’t take risks. That Jerry Angelo was phoning in an attempt to actually improve the team. Personally I thought he would play it safe and pick up a few players to make enough of an improvement to at best reach the playoffs.
What unveiled today was nothing short of a total surprise. The addition of Jay Cutler is the biggest move I can remember the team ever making. This is the kind of monumental move that can define a GM’s legacy.
With the signing of Cutler, the trading away of two 1st rounder’s (’09 and ’10), and the third round pick this season, I feel that the Bears have mortgaged the future by putting all their hopes in Cutler.
With an aging defense, no proven WR, and no 1st round picks until 2011 they are going to have to get it done with what they have. Unlike with Orton who if he failed this season they could have been replaced next year in FA or the draft, the Cutler experiment must be an immediate reward.
Orlando Pace isn’t going to be around for too long, and the defense will need multiple players to be replaced as early as the 2010 season. So Cutler needs to come in and learn the system now. If he takes a year or two to get a hold of Turner’s offense he might miss the window of opportunity.