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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

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Maybe this is the year for Chicago. And we're not talking about the Cubs.

The Bears have acquired something as uncommon to them as the World Series is to their Northside friends. A quarterback. An actual living, breathing, legitimate quarterback; an injury-free, young, passionate (and hot-headed) field general from - get ready for this - Santa Claus, Indiana. I guess Christmas came very early this year.

Chicago benefits from Denver's dysfunctional combination of ego, immaturity and miscommunication. The Broncos' hiring of a 32-year old coach apparently wasn't a good fit for the QB just seven years his junior. There was a lack of rapport, a clear lack of trust and a youthful stubbornness preventing cooler heads to prevail. So how do you handle it if you're the Broncos? You deal him as quickly as possible to another team, in another conference, in another time zone. For better or worse, Denver no longer has a daily headache, but it also no longer has a Pro-Bowl QB.

But the Bears do, finally. The names Halas, Ditka, Butkus, Sayers, Payton, Singletary and now Urlacher are the ones that represent the ferocity of Chicago Bears football. And they're all coaches, running backs and linebackers. Where are the QB's? The Bears franchise has been practically void of an actual franchise quarterback. Sid Luckman was the Bears only great - Hall of Fame great - QB, but he was born in 1916. Let's face it, it's been awhile.

There are no guarantees Cutler won't pull the same shenanigans in Chicago in the years to come as he did in Denver. There is no saying whether he'll connect or clash with teammates or coaches. But if we focus on Cutler's poise and potential in the pocket -not to mention his powerful arm - then it's worth a shot if you're the Bears. They're thinking playoffs, home-field and playoffs.

It's April, it's the annual time when Chicago sports fans declare: "This is the Year." Mark it down, 2009, the year 'Da Bears found their star quarterback.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  April 2, 2009; 10:09 PM ET  | Category:  Chicago Bears , Denver Broncos , Quarterbacks , Washington Redskins , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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