Cutler Running the Show in Chicago

According to the Daily Herald, Jay Cutler is somehow involved in the interview process of the Bears’ next offensive coordinator.  I shouldn’t need to say one more word beyond that to prove how inept the Chicago staff is, but let’s look closer.  Some of you might think it a good idea to involve your franchise quarterback in the hiring process of the guy who will design the offense.  If your franchise quarterback went by the name of Brady, Manning, maybe even Brees or Favre, sure, it’s a great idea.  Those guys have (most of them, anyway) won titles and MVP awards.  They’ve played the game for a long time with a great amount of success and witnessed every offensive scheme imaginable.  Three of those guys are first ballot Hall of Fame players.  If your franchise quarterback is Jay Cutler, the story is different.  Cutler is entering his 5th year (4th as a starter) and has amassed a 24-29 record, never had a winning season (in college either), throws an interception for every 1.29 TD’s and has yet to play an entire game without crying on the sidelines or insulting a teammate’s mother (I might have exaggerated on the last part, but admit, you believe it).  Essentially, Cutler doesn’t have a successful track record.  He’s new to Chicago and has done nothing to prove he’ll be a starting quarterback 3 years from now.  By involving Cutler in this process, Angelo and Smith are saying that A) They are afraid of upsetting Cutler, B) They are not in complete control of the team and C) They are not capable of hiring a quality offensive coordinator.

Of course, all of this equates to more great news for myself and any fan of another NFC North team.  Coupled with Angelo’s regular failings in the early rounds of drafts, the disaster the Bears created on the offensive line, Lovie’s inability to get defensive players to meet their potential, the Bears are almost assuring another sub-500 season in 2010.

How bad is life for Chicago fans though?  Neither baseball team looks like a division winner in 2010, the Bulls are playing better but their best player doesn’t want the ball in the clutch and it’s extremely unlikely they’ll come away with anyone in free agency this year, now the Bears are further punishing their season ticket holders with their inability to make a quality decision.  At least the Blackhawks are good.  Too bad the NHL still isn’t relevant.

Yahoo! Ranks Bears Offense as Useless in Fantasy Play

During their pre-season fantasy rankings of teams, Yahoo! picked the Chicago Bears as dead last for fantasy value.  This should come as no surprise, as the Bears have clearly shown that they have no interest in winning games or even scoring points anywhere inside the next 4 years.  The team is clearly trying to trim as much cap space as possible to go into another rebuilding next year and I’m guessing the only reason they gave Tommie Harris an extension was to keep fans coming in on Sundays.  The team is completely inept in every department but kickoff returns and old lazy linemen.

And that was just last season, they made some drastic changes this year.  Namely, losing a combined 110 catches, 1518 yards and 8 TDs between their two best receivers; Bernard Berrian and Mushin Muhammad.  Not only that, but they let Berrian go to a division rival!  They also wisely cut Cedric Benson, their leading rusher.  However, their new starting running back is a guy referred to as “the other Adrian Peterson.”  Their three starting QBs last year put together a 71.8 QB rating, a meager 6.4 yards per attempt, 17 TDs, 21 INTs.

I’m not sure who their starting wide receivers are going to be this year, but it looks like some combination of Mark Bradley, Rashied Davis and Devin Hester.  Not exactly confidence inspiring.  As the article mentioned, Greg Olsen does show some promise at TE, but he’s definitely not going to be a full time player.  He’ll also probably have a crowd of defenders around him at all times as no other offensive player is worth covering.  Beyond that, it looks like the best hope for Bears fans is that Matt Forte is likely to get 5-10 carries a game.  I’m sure as soon as he gets a 12 yard run (which will probably be the longest play from scrimmage for the first few weeks) his jersey will instantly become harder to find than thin crust pizza in Chicago.  The Bears fans will immediately crown him the new “Sweetness.”  Olin Kreutz will be on Chicago radio 10 years from now saying “Yeah, I remember I cut blocked the nose tackle and Matt got easily an extra 5 yards because of it.”  The crowd will chant for him to be a starter with dreams of “the run” going through their minds; only to see him get the job and average 3.2 per carry the rest of the year.

I’m sure this can all somehow be blamed on Urlacher’s bad back though…