As we found out yesterday, Jay Cutler (and a fifth round pick) was traded to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton, 2 first round picks and a third rounder. First off, congratulation Bears for sacking up and making this trade! I can't remember a time when the Bears were involved in a blockbuster trade, let alone a trade for a great offensive player.
My initial reaction is one of extreme happiness. I think Cutler will do will with the Bears. They do need some more offensive weapons, but with Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark and the recently signed Orlando Pace (PLEASE STAY HEALTHY) I'm hoping they have enough to build around. Let's go to some reactions:
- My brother, a huge Lions fan, was the one who texted me first (I was in a class so I didn't know the Bears had made the move.) He admitted that the Bears now have a franchise quarterback and he seemed to think the move will be good for the Bears.
- Other friends were texting me about how awesome it must be to be a Bears fan. Now, it is easy to get caught up in the hype. While it is awesome to be a Bears fan, I'm not sitting here claiming that Cutler is the next coming of Joe Montana- but he is easily the most talented QB the Bears have had since I've been alive.
- The clincher was my friend who is a Broncos fan called me and said that I should be excited because Cutler is a really great QB. This friend is a highly knowledgeable and intense football fan. He's not impressed with new head coach Josh McDaniels and thinks the guy is screwing everything up. In fairness, my friend is a huge Mike Shannahan fan. My overall point here is that even (most) Broncos fans are upset with the situation and would rather have kept Cutler.
I know I'm working with a small sample size, and many radio and TV personalities say Cutler has to "grow up" and "mature" but come on! If your boss came in every day and told you how expendable you are, you're not likely to enjoy your time at a particular job. The only difference is that Jay Cutler had more leverage than most people because his skill set is openly coveted by multiple multi-million dollar organizations.
As a Bears fan, I'm really excited to see what Cutler will do on the field for the Windy City. He is a welcome addition, and to be honest, taking first round picks away from Jerry Angelo is probably a good idea anyway. Go Bears!