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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Cutler Not a Good Fit


Jay Cutler got his wish. He's out of Denver. He'll have a coach other than Josh McDaniels. He'll have a chance for stardom in one of the most tradition-rich football towns in the land.

Based on the personnel he'll have around him in Chicago, however, Cutler would have done better staying put.

The most glaring difference will be his lack of a big-play wide receiver. In Denver he had Brandon Marshall. In Chicago he'll have Brandon Lloyd. Yes, that Brandon Lloyd, who essentially stole money from the Washington Redskins while posting some of the worst statistics of a starting wide receiver in NFL history.

Cutler also won't have a credible No. 2 wide receiver, as he did with Eddie Royal in Denver. The best the Bears can offer is Rashied Davis or Devin Hester, who is a much better kick returner than pass catcher.

Then there's Cutler's losing record as a starting quarterback. Considering all the hype, he hasn't really produced a great body of work during his brief time in the NFL. Sure he can throw a football an obscene distance, but winning football games isn't necessarily about arm strength. It's mostly about leadership, decision-making and fortitude.

Then consider Cutler's thin skin. The guy was incredulous when his name was mentioned in trade talks after new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels arrived. Cutler needs to get over himself and realize virtually no starting quarterback's job is safe indefinitely. If he gets unhinged over being the subject of trade rumors, what's going to happen when it's fourth down and nine in the Super Bowl, and he needs to extend the drive with a completion?

Cutler will face scrutiny in Chicago that he did not in Denver, and it's highly uncertain if he can be productive amid that distraction. Remember the Bears reached the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as their quarterback. What excuse does Cutler have if he can't get Chicago that far?

By Gene Wang  |  April 2, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  | Category:  Chicago Bears , Denver Broncos , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Lack of prep. Without this glaring mistake you column would still be off the mark. That error--Brandon Lloyd is no longer on the Bears. Guess the WP scraping the bottom of the barrel for somebody to write....

Posted by: jeffk8900 | April 3, 2009 10:50 AM

Some points:

1. Brandon Lloyd isn't on the team anymore.

2. The Bears will likely either sign a veteran like Torry Holt, draft a WR in the second round, or both.

3. Who thought anything of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal before Cutler was throwing them the ball?

4. Increased scrutiny? As the heir apparent to Elway in Denver, I don't think Cutler will be under too much more pressure in Chicago. He's the center of attention nationally right now but he'll be only one of many stories by the time the season rolls around.

5. Cutler's won-loss record should have a big asterisk - he's played with one of the worst defenses in the league.

6. If you watched the Bears at all last year, you'll know that Devin Hester is a big-play wide receiver. He won the Saints game with two pass interference penalties that weren't called. And Orton missed him deep quite a few times during the year. I think that's why Orton was traded: lack of production on the deep ball.

Posted by: cdoosc21 | April 3, 2009 12:55 PM

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