Comments on: The Jay Cutler Era: 10 Games In Chicago Bears History Blog by Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:25:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Traffic56 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 05:20:12 +0000 Scott- sorry for being so long winded! I will try to exercise more brevity in the future :-)! I only wish that the Bears problems could be discussed in one sentence! Boy would we all be happy then!

By: Roy Taylor Wed, 25 Nov 2009 01:57:06 +0000 Traffic, I like your posts but DIOS MIO you need your own blog! Thanks for coming here. I still have faith in Cutler, unlike the local professionals that already have labeled him a bust and “ruined” (see today’s Chicago Sun-Times). I would love to see Shanahan in a freaking heartbeat, but unfortunately anyone that thinks we’ll have anything less than another full year of Lovieball is living in Fantasyland. If anyone thinks this year is bad–wait until we see how grotesque 2010 is going to be.

By: Traffic56 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 17:40:48 +0000 I think you are spot on in your comments. Once an organization develops a particular persona, good or bad, the only way to fix it is to clean house. The Bears management needs to go or Cutler’s presence in Chicago will be wasted.

I would somewhat disagree with your assessment of Cutler. He is certainly able to make the players around him better, but only if they are ‘REAL’ players. Think about it. I would bet that not a single receiver on the roster would make any other team (as a receiver)except for maybe Cleveland’s disaster. I have said this before- two of the top four receivers are defensive backs and simply have no clue about route execution and have questionable catching skills. Bennett has some ability but at this point in his career he is a non-factor. Johnny Knox has great potential but like all rookies, he does not always recognize when he is hot and has no real understanding of what to do about it. Olsen is, at best, a bottom ten tight end. His blocking skills may be what keeps him in the lineup, but as I watch him in passing situations he really seems to be lost. He has no real instinct about getting open. He just runs around and holds his hand up for Cutler to see. The backup TE did a nice job on the route in the end zone that he caught for a touchdown. Maybe they should give him a longer look.

Having said all of that, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady could not make this sad crew better! So I have to give Cutler a pass on that. Further proof is now showing itself in Denver. The offensive team is still pretty much intact. While they had early success in the win/loss column because of their defense, the Broncos offense sucks at this point. They were one of the best offenses in the league last year. The x-factor is Cutler. Orton has done o.k. in ‘managing’ the game, but he will never make the offense run as prodctively a Cutler did. Those offensive players will not be as good under Oton’s leadership as they were under Cutler’s.

The Bears O-line is a disaster! There is little hope that Cutler (or any other QB) could ever be successful with them protecting him. And to add to the pain, the insistence that the coaching staff has with staying with the scheme they use on offense only adds to the futility. With Cutler constantly in an immediately collapsing pocket, and the terrible receiving corps not able to make route adjustments, there is no hope. I would advocate that they change to a moving pocket. Cutler is at his best on the move and can create passing lanes on his own rather than hoping for the receivers to do it. Contrarians to this method might argue that if the line is not able to just stand up and block someone, that they would likely not be able to create the moving pocket, I would remind them that the line is a failure now, why not at least try something new. Yes, Cutler may get hurt because he will be out on the island by himself many times, but he is likely to be injured using the drop back approach that is in effect now.

Reference my entry from yesterday. The owners need to man-up and fire the GM and coaching staff. Bring Mike Shanahan in and I guarantee you that he will fix what is broke. He is an excellent coach! He has an existing relationship with Cutler and provided the mentoring that Cutler needed to become an all-pro. He would not look blindly at the weak links on the team and say’ we will go on from here’. If people did not perform, they would be replaced.

Have a great T-giving Day!

By: Scott Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:37:20 +0000 One has to wonder if its Angelo’s doing or Lovie’s inability to develop talent, and talent that does show development goes out the door. To me a combo of both. The inability of so many first round picks is glaring and to me that is on Angelo. Thing is we have high expectations for those picks, and lower expectation for the lower round picks that seemingly turn out better. This is where I think coaching comes into it because coaching seems to be able to develop a lower end pick better than a higher end pick. In reality thats just developing everyone the same. A #1 pick wont live up to that expectation, but a 5th round pick exceeds that expectation. I think with a new coaching regime, we would see what can happen with draft development.

Case in point is several players who showed promise in Chris Harris and Mark Bradley. Bradley suffered injuries in 2005 and 2006, but spent all but the last game of the 2007 season in Lovie’s dog house. Chris Harris spent alot of time there as well, but injuries forced him into the lineup. While Chris Harris isnt exactly a pro bowler on Carolina, I think he would have helped out with our safety issues, and we wouldnt be drafting safety after safety every year.

Bradley, I think would be a much better receiver now with Jay Cutler, providing he stays healthy. Once Bradley signed with Kansas City last year, he went on to have a great year the rest of the season. This season he isnt as productive, but again, I think with Cutler, Bradley would be an experienced receiver and be much better with Cutler. We could also let go of Rashied Davis.

Corey Graham to me is that next player. While he’ll never be a pro bowler, to me Graham was our best coverage corner last season (Tillman is best at stripping players of the ball, not necessarily denying them). This year Graham was thought of moving to free safety, but instead Lovie puts his favorite player back in Danieal Manning at that spot due to an injury to Bowman. The whole thing sounded quite fishy to me, and well until the past two weeks due to injuries we hadnt seen Graham this season. Basically he’s been in Lovie’s doghouse.

Fans ruin many quarterbacks here. I do not remember Jim Harbaugh, but I’m sure you do. He went on to Indianapolis, made a Pro Bowl, and ended his career in a nice way. From reading in your own year-by-year analysis, fans in Chicago ruined Harbaugh due to an audible that I guess his receiver didnt hear him call. Rex Grossman very well may be that next Quarterback.