The Bears are on the front page of sports sections in June? I love that. Some of today’s stories:
Tony Dungy is joining the list of analysts that say the Bears took a huge gamble by acquiring Jay Cutler. I say hooey. And it wasn’t a huge gamble to NOT have a franchise quarterback for 58 years?
You may have heard that a fan e-mailed a Chicago Tribune columnist to complain that Cutler wouldn’t sign autographs at Wrigley Field. The report is fanning the flames of the storyline that Cutler is a jerk, and this is going to taint his stay in Chicago. My take? If I saw Jay Cutler, any Bear, celebrity, politician, anyone, I’d say hi and keep walking. If a guy doesn’t want to get mobbed by slack-jawed yokels on his way out of Wrigley, so be it. Granted, if there are stories about him being a jerk to kids, that’s a different matter. But that’s not the story. I just hope he plays quarterback well. That’s his job, not signing autographs or being a great guy. If Cade McNown would have been the second Jim McMahon as some touted he would be, people would have ignored the fact that he was an ass.
Dear Lord, Matt Forte got dinged in non-contact practice. It seems to be minor, keep your fingers crossed.
Brad Biggs says Bears players would love it if Plaxico Burris became a Bear. If it happens, I say at least the only (or most recent) felony he committed was against his own thigh and not anyone else. Some may recall that in the 2000 draft, Mark Hatley attempted to trade up and acquire Burris instead of Brian Urlacher. Philadelphia turned down Hatley’s offer of a third-round pick, and the Eagles drafted Corey Simon, the Steelers took Burris, and the Bears took Urlacher. I was always exceedingly grateful that didn’t work out.