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Observations from the City of Chicago

| December 22nd, 2014

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(1) The city, the people walking up and down the sidewalks, universally hate Jay Cutler and it is ENTIRELY about his body language, demeanor. All of those debates and articles I have scoffed at for years are having a dramatic impact, especially on those who are more casually fans. I write columns disparaging folks like Rosenbloom and Haugh. Those columns are met with, “Why bother? Those are idiots!” Guess what? Those are the columns permeating the city.

(2) Yes there were thousands of Lions fans in attendance but I couldn’t be more impressed with the Bears fans at Soldier Field Sunday. You could feel the desperation. They wanted to stand. They wanted to shout. And when the game presented them opportunities to do so they leapt to their feet and blew out their voices. On a day where the Bears handed out the most ridiculous pin in football history (see above) Bears fans showed why they deserve to be appreciated.

(3) When you ask the Cutler haters, “Well who will play quarterback next year?” you get a lot of “I don’t care. Somebody else.” How does everyone not see this as completely irrational?

(4) I had one recurring thought throughout the Lions games as I watched Jay Cutler roam the sideline. Jeff Dickerson perfectly and properly summed that up:

1. Marc Trestman needs to be fired, immediately: Trestman needs to be stripped of his control over the 46-man active game-day roster for the decision to keep Jay Cutler active on Sunday. Under no circumstances can the Bears expose Cutler to unnecessary injury in the final two weeks, even if the eventual offseason plan calls for the organization to keep Cutler in 2015. Cutler’s season is finished. It’s over. He has completely checked out. He’s done with Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. Accept it, and move on. Let’s say the Bears ultimately decide Cutler gives them the best shot to win next year. The last thing the organization wants is for Cutler to be pressed into relief duty versus Detroit or Minnesota, likely unprepared, and suffer an injury that affects his availability for the (presumably) new head coach’s offseason program or, even worse, triggers the injury-protection clause in Cutler’s contract. Most potential head-coaching candidates (save Mike Shanahan) will be leery of working with Cutler, even if he’s healthy. A beat-up Cutler only makes the sales job that much harder for the Bears organization in coming months. Now, let’s say the Bears plan to shop Cutler around to other teams. The very idea of Cutler serving as the No. 2 in two meaningless games, in that scenario, is pure madness. Let me repeat: pure madness. I understand Trestman wants to win another game. His credibility and reputation are under attack. But the future of the franchise is far more important. Whether Bears fans want to admit it or not, Cutler is an extremely important piece of the puzzle moving forward, trade or no trade. Subjecting him to further risk is foolish. Let Joe DeCamillis coach the season finale in Minnesota. Trestman is worried about his own interests, not the organization’s. When that happens, it’s time for change, even if one is already scheduled to occur Dec. 29.

It is now negligent on the part of the front office to let Marc Trestman continue as head coach for another day.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    Bring me the head of Dominic Raiola.

    • BearDown100393

      I’d settle for Kathy Bates and a sledgehammer to Raiola’s ankles.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I wouldn’t be averse to that.

        REALLY annoyed that Bears even spoke to him after the game and Jared Allen’s patting him on the head was disturbing. I’m sure the guy said “It wasn’t intentional” but I’m slao sure the guy is lying his ass off.

        The helmet spear on a sliding QB has “Lions” written all over it, too.

        • huntinbare

          Back in the day he would be getting a mouthfull for a cheap shot…players would have to be separated…you pat a genleman on the head…not someone who tries to inflict damage….I can only hope this brings extra passion to next years 2games.

        • huntinbare

          Read an article on this that quoted him saying he was stumbling out of the pile and did not see Fergies leg. Detroit fans in the comment section said he was looking down …one guy said he wants him off the team…Suh got 2 he should get 3 for not getting the message; plus the union should remain silent..

    • huntinbare

      He beeds to be suspended for multiple games. It will send a strong message keeping him out of a olayoff game… Next week only is like resting him for the playoffs.

      • BerwynBomber

        Though next week is a key game for the Kittens …

        • huntinbare

          Good more disciplinary pain for him..a twofer

  • GPLDAN

    When you ask the Cutler haters, “Well who will play quarterback next year?” you get a lot of “I don’t care…”

    They doooooooon’t care?

    Irony is such sweet sorrow.

    • BearDown100393

      Cutler defenders care about Jay Cutler at the expense of the team. And that is why they will never get it with regard to the criticism.

      • NewBearInTown

        I’m a Cutler defender and I get it.
        I would not have minded the Bears taking Garoppolo in the first round this year, even though it might have lost us Fuller. That pick doesn’t happen after Cutler’s new contract, but it really would have been good for the team.
        If Trestman really is a quarterback guru (and he might be, he just can’t work with Jay), he could have done a lot of good with a rookie like that. As it stands, he’s not good for the team so its too late.
        But next year, we could take someone like Garrett Grayson (CO state). The guy has all the tools (like Cutler), but needs time to improve accuracy. Well, guess what, we’ve got another guy with a big arm that can keep the team competitive while we groom a rookie. After 2015, we can cut/trade/keep Cutler and maybe the rookie can play. If Grayson starts game 1 of 2015, we probably waste whatever potential he had.
        Cutler might not be the Bears future, but I don’t think that means he has to disappear instantly.

        • BearDown100393

          Nicely done. So do you propose both Cutler and Trestman returning in 2015? Or do the Bears fire Trestman now and hire a head coach willing to work with Cutler in 2015? And if Cutler fails in 2015, is the new regime used as his alibi? IMO this is a never ending circle jerk between management, coaching staff and the quarterback.

        • huntinbare

          Grayson struggled last night behind poor offensive line play. He was scrambling for his life most of the game so the tape on him for the bowl game would not be a good sample of his abilities

  • BearDown100393

    Just one question. Was Cutler in that blazing cellophane bag?

  • BerwynBomber

    The Beast in unreal. What a run. SEA looks very good these last few weeks. They and DAL are playing the best in the NFC at the moment.

  • huntinbare

    Even before you stated that Marc was focusing on his own interest , Jeff, I was thinking that he was making a mistake with his choices. With no benefit to bringing Jay in; other than his own; wouldn’t using Fales in these games put the orginazation in a better position by having game tape to evaluate the merits of one of their draft picks going into next years 2015 draft. Using Fales as well as Pickles shows your concern about the organization going forward. If I were an owner or GM this would tell me that Marc T would be that guy who puts the interests of the orginization before his own and could be trusted. He looks bad by presenting the image of selfishness and may be shooting himself in the foot on the quarterdeck as the ship is sinking just to get a position in the lifeboat instead of manning up and going down with the ship by putting a players future ahead of his own.

  • John Doe

    When you ask the Cutler haters, “Well who will play quarterback next year?” you get a lot of “I don’t care. Somebody else.” How does everyone not see this as completely irrational?

    Name Head Coaches who will be thrilled to work with with Jay Cutler as their QB.

    I can’t think of anyone other than Mike Shanahan.

    And if Bears hire Mike Shanahan, they will be making another Cutler-centered decision…something the Bears org has been doing since the trade to bring Cutler to Chicago in which they gave up so much to get a deeply flawed QB.

    When will this madness to accommodate Cuter stop? How many more wasted seasons before we start a proper rebuild?

    What is wrong with a Kyle Orton / Brian Hoyer / Jimmy Clausen type running the offense for 1 year while they develop the QB they pick in rounds 2-3 of 2015 draft and keep developing Fales?

    At least Kyle Orton/ Brian Hoyer / Jimmy Clausen will be cheaper in 2015 than Cutler by at least $10 million if not more. And we know for a fact Cutler is not that much better than them to waste additional $10-12 million on him.

    And you say this is being irrational? Give me a break.

    • BerwynBomber

      The best I heard from Cutty Nation today was that Clausen didn’t look any better. I thought Clausen DID look better — his decisions were quicker and he only threw one bad ball/made one bad decision the whole game (the last semi-desperate heave on 4th and 10).

      But for the sake of argument let’s say it was a wash in terms of a performance comparison. Doesn’t the fact that one guy has started nine straight years and is making $22M a year and other hasn’t started a game in four years and is making $675K send up a red flags if one is not better than the other?

      • John Doe

        Exactly. If Cutler voluntarily cancels his absurd contract which he clearly does not deserve and signs at $5 million per year, then I have no problem.

        Cutler is sucking resources from the Bears team due to his ridiculous salary.
        This is what a fanboi doesn’t get.

        • BerwynBomber

          I’m with you, but to be honest I’m starting to think the Cutty intangibles are such a drag on the team that it might be best to be done with him even if we could pay him fair market value.

          • John Doe

            Agree. I was making a hypothetical argument.

            Cutler has no respect in the locker room. He has zero leadership. He just likes the fat check that comes with being a #1 QB but has never cared to do the other things that come with that position. He is not a natural in the leadership and intangibles.

            If there was guy like him on my team – a bum who makes too much money and does not perform to justify what he makes – I would have very little respect for him. I would not be surprised if many in the Bears locker room think the same way about Jay Cutler.

          • Scott W.

            Not sure anyone outside the locker room can claim Jay isn’t respected in it.

          • BlameAngelo

            The way people were fist-bumping Clausen on the sidelines makes it fairly obvious how people are feeling.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You state he has no respect in the locker room as if you had a clue what that locker room is like.

          • SC Dave

            Just as so many have claimed that Trestman is not respected in the locker room. What’s good for the goose…

      • johnnywad

        Through fifteen games Clausen turned in the #13 performance against the Lions. #14 was Aaron Rodgers on am extremely rare day. #15 was Eli Manning in maybe his worst season as a Giant.

        The point is not Cutler vs. Clausen. That would only indicate whether the problem is Trestman’s system or not and perhaps whether or not Cutler should stay which none of us have any control over. Can you simply evaluate Clausen’s play yesterday? Forget Jay Cutler was born for a second and tell me how Jimmy Clausen played yesterday.

        • SC Dave

          Jimmy Clausen played well enough for us to care about the last drive in the game.

          • johnnywad

            You don’t attribute that more to the defense, Detroit’s special teams and Matt Stafford doing his best Jay Cutler impersonation? I would guess that if Cutler had played the exact same game yesterday you’d be torching him right now.

          • BlameAngelo

            He’s not capable of playing the same game. That’s the point. That’s why he’s been killing us for 6 years.

        • BlameAngelo

          Against a top defense and a ferocious DL, with a pathetic OL in front of him, he played very well. Beautiful TD pass to Forte that Cutler wouldn’t dream of.

    • Scott W.

      This. The Cutler-centric decision process.
      Good call.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Retweeted by DaBearsBlog -“Marshawn Lynch might be a great football player, but he’s also a disrespectful, unprofessional dick.”

    You JUST noticed that, Brad?

    • BerwynBomber

      Why? Because he doesn’t talk to the media?

  • madscout12

    I’m a Cutler defender, and I get why people hate him. This team sucks, and it wasn’t supposed to, and it is easy to blame the QB with the big arm and bigger paycheck. However, at this point in time, Cutler gives us the best chance to win next year.

    That said, I’m fine with the following scenarios where he isn’t our QB next year…

    1. We sign Harbaugh and he say that he doesn’t want to coach Jay Cutler. Cutler is traded to a team for a modest draft swap…say a 3 for a 3, or a 3 for more picks.

    2. We trade Cutler to TN for a 1st swap, draft Mariota, and find a college coach that can play a style of offense that suits him. I’m thinking he could do what Russel Wilson does. With this scenario, we draft or sign a WR with speed. We draft O-Line and defensive secondary.

    3. We blow the whole fucking thing up. Forte is gone. BM is gone. MB is gone. JA is gone. Garza, Jennings, Tilman, Ratlif…gone gone gone. As many guys gone as we can get picks for. Do a hard core analysis of the roster, and get UDFAs that are hungry to fill those spots, play downs, and see if we can find diamonds in the rough. We suck ass for a year, and draft a QB in the seemingly better QB draft of 2016.

    • BlameAngelo

      Why do we draft Mariota in that scenario? Why not Leonard Williams? The draft must have a philosophy? Are we trying to have a top defense, or a top offense? Can’t have both, so where do we stand? Clausen looked after the ball tonight like we knew he would, against a ferocious front and a weakened OL that was weak before players were sat down. Fales in behind him, if we’re in e-building mode then nobody expects a playoff run next year. Build the DL. First thing’s first.

      • madscout12

        Nobody wins without an answer at QB.

        Nobody.

        • BlameAngelo

          The Cardinals ?

          • Doc Hamstring

            Yeah, you saw the Cardinals win last night, right?

            Until Stanton comes back, the Cardinals aren’t winning another game this year. Even when he comes back, it’s dicey.

          • BlameAngelo

            The Cardinals are 11-4 aren’t they? They were beaten by the team that will successfully defend their superbowl victory. It’s about defenses, not QBs, when will people understand this? It doesn’t matter who replaces Jay, it’s about building a ferocious defense.

        • BlameAngelo

          And it’s Lombardis that count, don’t need the HOFer at QB for that … you do need the defense. Like I said – we need to decide what we want. O or D …

    • willbest

      I get Forte (29, expensive, no long term value), MB (distraction without Cutler), Cutler (polarizing), Tilman (old), Jennings (poor play), but why in holy hell are you getting rid of Ratliff, Bennett, or Jeffery?

      As for Harbaugh, whatever draft pick you are giving up for him, you best be getting back when you trade Jay. The team desperately needs leadership at the HC position, but giving up a draft pick for it seems excessive.

      • SC Dave

        Forte is the best player on the team. You keep guys like that.

        • BlameAngelo

          Not if you don’t need them when making your run. We are not making a SB run for a very long time. Forte cost us a second round pick. If you can get that pick back towards the back-end of his career, then you do it. No-brainer.

  • Haugh and Rosenbloom get the well-deserved bad rap, but some of the columnists at the Sun-Times put out some pretty awful takes too. Rick Morrissey especially, but Patrick Finley and Mark Potash have their fair share of moronic columns as well.

    • GPLDAN

      Compared to Bernie Lincicome and Jay Mariotti, these guys are all brilliant.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Wow. It’s David Haugh’s fault everyone in Chicago hates Jay Cutler? What incredible power he has. The pen IS mightier after all…

    Jeff, how the hell are Rosenbloom and Haugh going to influence the casual fans? The mere act of reading newspaper columns about the bears during a 5-10 season precludes one from being a “casual” fan. Casual fans watch sportscenter, they don’t read the Sun-Times.

    Just throw in the towel on the Cutler thing already. Enough is enough. Is Jay Cutler terrible? No. Is he worse than Jimmy Clauson or Josh McCown? No. Is he an overpaid coach killer who’s delivered very little return on investment? Yes.

    You’re never gonna get to write your “fuck the haters; I told you so” column when Jay makes good and delivers a championship. I know you’ve been waiting for that magical postseason ride where you wax poetic about the pariah turned messiah…. but it’s not happening. The problem is that you so desperately want it to be one way, but it’s the other way. http://youtu.be/409Pjtq7jzY

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I run into casual fans all the time, and have arguments with them quite often. Usually the casual fans spout what is being written in the Sun-Times, maybe GB fans don’t read the local papers because they can’t read.

    • willbest

      I don’t understand your theory with that one. You are saying by virtue of buying a paper and reading the sports section you are no longer casual, but watching about 10 hours worth of sports news a week makes you casual.

      You are also forgetting the telephone effect. Just because the sun times is only read by 300-400,000 males each week doesn’t mean they aren’t relaying that opinion to others.

    • wreckinball

      Sad but true. It’s not happening with Jay ever.

      This QB deal will live in infamy. The inverse of the Phil Esposito and Lou Brock deals.

    • BearDown100393

      In 9 seasons of professional football, Cutler could not be bothered to learn the fundamentals of his trade. He has not improved one iota and it is time to pull the chute. He can chuck a football and that is about all. There is so much more required from the position. Cutler’s specialty is garbage time statistics.

  • willbest

    “Well who will play quarterback next year?” you get a lot of “I don’t care. Somebody else.” How does everyone not see this as completely irrational?

    Yes if you have Brady or Peyton or Rodgers you make the playoffs virtually every year. But Cutler isn’t even Brees, Rivers, Big Ben, or Eli who make it half the time. Heck even Romo will get you there 1/3rd of the time. Cutler is now 1 for 6 as a Bear and 1 for 9 overall.

    You can get 1 playoff appearance every 6 years from Rex Grossman, Mark Sanchez, Drew Staton, and a whole host of “somebody else”

  • Trac

    1. The only thing worse than mining for fools gold is being told it’s fools gold and refusing to believe it.
    2. Jim Harbaugh is not coming to Chicago, get over it.
    3. Emery is conspicuously missing from your to do list. This makes no sense. Get rid of him.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Agree with #2 emphatically. If Harbaugh can talk his family into moving away from the bay area, he’d be a fool not to take the Michigan job. Better job security than the NFL, and premium pay. Plus, if he wants to return to the NFL, he’s young and a decade or so at Michigan will give him plenty of time to make NFL GMs salivate.

      • Trac

        The way I see it, Jay gave up a week ago. Say what you will about Trestmans coaching ability, but he hasn’t given up.

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC. I want a guy who kicks the shit out of his opponent week in and week out. You know, like winners do.

    • GPLDAN

      Viva is down with Dave Toub. Film at 11.

      • BearDown100393

        This is the 1st I’ve read about Dave Toub for Head Coach….

        • GPLDAN

          I hadn’t considered it until now…

        • Viva

          Noted…my message is now starting to resonate.

        • Big Mike

          Been tossed around for a few weeks here on the blog.

          • BearDown100393

            LOL, I know…

          • BlameAngelo

            Now let’s toss our salad … ON … it. No.

      • Viva

        Film @ 11 my ass. This is Breaking Now!

    • He doesn’t seem to have the goods to be a Head Coach. He gets interviewed all the time and never comes away with the job, there’s got to be something there. I’d take him back as special teams coach though!

      • SC Dave

        The something there is lack of qualifications. I’m not saying Toub can’t do the job, but resume screens knock people out of job consideration thousands of times a day.

    • BlameAngelo

      What are Toub’s qualifications to be a superbowl-winning HC exactly, specifically?

      For example, Mike Ditka’s resume. HOF player. Studied under two masters, Halas and Landry. Been there, done that, and then learns the other side of the ball from two legends.

      Dave Toub? Managed to put blockers in front of the GOAT on ST.

      And?

  • Stuck in the Twilight Zone

    Being from New Orleans I simply could not believe that the New Orleans Breeses didn’t make the playoffs this year. I mean, for god’s sake, we have Drew Brees, an elite quarterback and that’s all you’re supposed to need in the NFL. Someone that can “put a team on his back”. I just don’t understand.

    • BlameAngelo

      Let me spell it out again. QBs win games, DEFENSES win championships. This has been true … forever. Even when Joe Cool was winning his rings.

  • Viva

    Trestman should have been fired immediately after the Pats game, where the Bears lost in flaccid fashion for the second week in a row (I know it’s hard for some of you to remember the Miami game because it was one of the most lifeless performances we’ve ever witnessed).

    • BearDown100393

      Agreed. And to go one step further, Marc Trestman never should have been hired in the first place. If we had a general manager who understood what was truly important to evaluate during interviews, Bruce Arians would be the Head Coach.

      • Big Mike

        Easy to say in hindsight, right? I think Emery deserves a second shot to get it right. Seems like he was learning on the job a bit. It was a gutsy call for him to get rid of Lovie. It didn’t work out. But I think he should get a shot. Don’t need a stream of all the reasons why he should go, I’ve seen them all. Don’t disagree with all of them, but in my view they don’t add up to enough to risk the chance of grooming a great GM, which Emery could become.

        • wreckinball

          I agree he has made some good moves but Trestman and the Cutler contract debacle may over ride

          • Big Mike

            Cutler deal isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. He was the best QB on the market, he was familiar with our system, career numbers last year and so on and so forth. This year turned to shit and now it looks like a bad bet. But what the Bears cleverly did is basically make it a 2 year deal. They cut him by March 13th they eat $15 million, less what he gets paid by another team. If they keep him past that date, another $10 million is guaranteed for 2016.

            So yeah, expensive, bad, but not like long term 7 years no cut, pay out $125 million bad.

          • BearDown100393

            Cutler did not deserve the contract. He should have been franchise tagged. Emery thought financial security would make #6 content. He was wrong. I don’t argue about your contract numbers and logic though. It will be an expensive divorce but not a scorcher.

          • Big Mike

            In hindsight he clearly did not. At the time, it was a bet. I don’t know the numbers, but I can’t think of one successful franchising of a QB. Expensive, but not a scorcher.. Exactly. (think Soriano contract for the cubs)

          • BearDown100393

            Yes it is hindsight. I was not on board with the contract extension. Emery was in a conundrum. Neither decision is a real win for the Bears. So the tag would have been the lesser evil of presenting options.

          • huntinbare

            It would have been interesting to see if the franchise tag would have changed the outcome of his season. Sometimes being hungry can have a profound impact compared to a person who has it made financially.

          • Big Mike

            There is that. I agree it would have been interesting. But Cutler is a DGAF kind of guy.

          • Big Mike

            Also on Trestam, if he wacks him right away, he shows good judgement.

        • BearDown100393

          Emery’s management structure is in shambles. His methodology toward hiring Trestman grossly backfired. He hitched his wagon to Cutler. Rome is burned to the ground. And Emery fiddles. What has he done throughout all this? Nothing.

          • Big Mike

            Good GMs don’t insert themselves during the season. Can’t judge Emery’s reaction to this until the season ends. Next Monday, if Trestman is fired, we know Emery has not been fiddling.

          • BearDown100393

            We shall see. It would be hard to imagine Trestman surviving this.

      • Viva

        I was pulling for Toub when PE hired Trestman, but there is not doubt Arians is getting the most out of his roster.

  • Viva

    Mark Trestman is 0-3 vs Gym Shorts coached/coordinated teams. That about sums it up.

  • wreckinball

    Despite the horrible contractual issues Im now doubting that the Bears can march Cutler out there next year

    I think there may be at least one moron GM who forgot who Jeff George was but they will still make it $$ for the Bears and probably offer no higher than a 3rd or 4th

    • Big Mike

      I don’t see it either. I think Jeff’s point is that the larger fanbase is blaming Cutler for 2014 for all the wrong reasons. The reason being the Chicago media singular need to be assholes.

      • wreckinball

        Not living in Chicago I can tell you it’s not just Chicago writers and fans. Fans here don’t care about the Bears but they watch the games and think he’s a joke.
        You can either play or not. He can throw but can’t play. It was no accident the team was better under McCown last year

        • Big Mike

          They weren’t better under McCown. That’s a myth.

          • wreckinball

            WL record says so

          • Big Mike

            That’s simply sophomoric.

          • wreckinball

            It’s true though what else matters Team actually looked better with Clausen There are no style points

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            No style points but he’s getting credit for losing. OK.

          • Big Mike

            No credit for losing, the topic was McCown being better than Cutler, which simply isn’t true.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I was responding to wreckinball and the inanity of his last comment. It makes no sense.

          • Big Mike

            Team looked better. QB play didn’t. It just was. Cutler might have won this game,but he also might have checked out of those runs, put the defense in bad shape or he might have racked up 4 TDs. We’ll never know.

          • iowabearsfan

            he had way better stats, not sure how you can say that simply is not true. better w-l, better intangibles, better stats

          • Big Mike

            1. Cutler’s first six starts came when the Bears’ offense was in a
            formative stage under Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer. It was expected
            that the offense would grow as the season progressed and that Cutler
            would grow with it. Sure enough, Cutler’s two best starts statistically
            were in Games 5 and 6 against the Saints (128.1 passer rating) and the
            Giants (106.5).

            McCown picked up the Bears’ offense when it was in a higher gear. His
            first start was in Game 8 against the Packers. His other starts came in
            Games 10-12. That’s a big difference in the first year of an offense.

            2. Cutler faced opposing defenses in the first six weeks of the
            season that were fresher and closer to full strength. McCown has had the
            advantage of attrition — while the Bears have not had one other
            offensive starter miss a game this season, McCown has faced the Packers
            without Clay Matthews and Brad Jones; the Ravens without Haloti Ngata,
            Elvis Dumervil and Josh Bynes; the Rams without Cortland Finegan; and
            Vikings without Harrison Smith, Erin Henderson and Josh Robinson.

            3. McCown has done most of his work against weaker defenses —
            including the Redskins (22nd in total defense), Packers (21st), Rams
            (19th) and Vikings (31st). He’s faced only one defense that ranks in the
            top 10 in total defense (the Ravens, ninth).

            Cutler faced three defenses that currently rank in the top 10 — the
            Bengals (eighth), Saints (sixth) and Giants (10th). He also faced the
            Steelers, who are not the defense they’ve been, but still rank 12th in
            the NFL in total yards allowed.

          • BlameAngelo

            regarding #2 – you have studied the opposing defenses depth charts and can say categorically that they had their best players healthy at the start of the season?

            regarding #3 – those rankings are what? Based on yardage? Points allowed? What? Where did they rank in interceptions? Sacks? 3rd down efficiency? Where did they rank in all of those things when they actually PLAYED the Bears? That’s just cherrypicking to support your argument. I watched McCowns games. Writing off the fact that he only threw one interception is just a childish defense of Cutler. You cannot arbitrarily write off a 13-1 TD:INT ratio with a QBR rating of 104 in DEFENSE of Cutler. What you can do is look at what Cutler’s done in 6 years for us which is show a flagrant disregard for the football. Watching McCown it was obvious to anyone that the offense did not stall as much under McCown due to the five or six TERRIBLE throws that Jay makes in every game. Is McCown Joe Montana? No. But do we need to pay a guy more than anybody in the league to NOT WIN? Especially when it costs us on the defensive side of the ball, which is the relevant side of the ball when you’r winning Lombardis.

            Literally NOBODY wants Cutler to stay, and anyone who still defends him is just the kind of person who never admits that they’re wrong.

          • BlameAngelo

            Incorrect. The comment was that the team was better under Cutler, not comparing them as players. Don’t change the premise. And the argument that he was playing against lesser defenses is a weak one. Defenses change their complexion over the course of a season, they wax and wane.

          • BlameAngelo

            edit … was better under McCown ….

          • Big Mike

            Read the thread it was a response to my post. McCown was not, I’d not and will never be a better QB than Cutler. I don’t even like Cutler.

          • BlameAngelo

            That doesn’t make sense.

          • BlameAngelo

            13 TDs and 1 interception? Fluid drives? Weren’t better? Stoppit.

          • Big Mike

            Nice stats. Doesn’t change reality.

      • BearDown100393

        The Bears brought the media wrath on themselves. As for Cutler, Briggs and Marshall, they too are also part of the media. The OC threw his QB under the bus using the media. At least 4 players did likewise to Kromer after his not so secret team confession. The Bears earned their bad press in spades.

        • Big Mike

          That’s simply not true. They rip on everything short of the 85 Bears, Now it’s just a feeding frenzy. ABC graphic on local tv, something like if you support this team, slit your wrists. Seriously?

          • BearDown100393

            The commentary you mention was indeed a stupid and inappropriate bit. However there is little if anything positive to write or report regarding the team this season.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            even if there was something positive the Chicago press would not write about it.

          • Big Mike

            Agreed. But the Chicago Sports Media is brutal on the Bears. I’d have to say it is because it is what joe six pack drinks up.

  • Stuck in the Twilight Zone

    As a team that already has an elite quarterback I sit back and feel bad for teams like Chicago with no leader. You should go get your own elite quarterback like Kapernick or Orton. They are both superior in skill to Cutler and will be well rested from being shut out of the playoffs by the Oakland Raiders.

    • Viva

      Why do Kyle Orton and Jimmy Clausen always look like they are throwing into the wind?

      • Stuck in the Twilight Zone

        Haha, I actually like both quarterbacks….if they were backups on teams with top 5 defenses.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Jimmy Clausen face looks like he trying to shit but is constipated when he has his helmet on..

  • Viva

    GP –

    Who would you like to see the Bears hire as the next HC?

    • Big Mike

      Who I think would take the job? Is available? or out of all the coaches in the league? Bill Bellichik (sp?) without question. Who is available? Harbaugh. Who I think we have a shot at? There are a couple of coordinators Bowles DC from Arizona, Bevell, the OC from Seattle, But I don’t know about going with a guy who’s not been a head coach in the NFL. Mike Holmgren, but he might want GM like powers and I’m of the opinion that is too big of a job for one guy. So after having thought about all of this, my pick is

      Rex Ryan.

      • BlameAngelo

        See what I mean? What an ego! The question was for GP and you act like it was for you !

    • GPLDAN

      There’s a lovely symmetry to Harbaugh coming back to Chicago. He never got along with Ditka, and now he will usurp him. THe drive he would feel to take the Bears to a Super Bowl to show Ditka up would be immense.

      But taking him would be to gut the team. He prefers a power run scheme and the Bears are build down at the roots for a zone block. Even Long might have to go, although I should think Long himself would prefer a drive block scheme.

      Harbaugh innovates. I put the whole Pistol thing to him, mostly. Carroll as well. Yes, the league has caught up to it and now Kap is shit, but it was a clever move that advanced the game. It got fashionable and now it will fall away again. On to the next innovation.

      But he’s not coming. You would have to give his brother John the GM spot to get that deal done.

      Shanny wants the job, which is reason enough not to give it to him. Whatever happens, nobody will want to report to Phil Emery. Emery needs to go, and nobody wants to report to Ted. So since the family likes Holmgren, I’d like to see him come in and take the reins at the President and GM level and pick his own protoge.

      • SC Dave

        Good point on showing up Ditka. Maybe we should get him…

        • BlameAngelo

          Respect where it’s due. Ditka helped build and coach perhaps the most ferocious team that ever played the game and actually won a superbowl. Don’t give Harbaugh the sloppy BJ before he’s built something and won something. He’s done neither. The ’85 team wouldn’t have respected a guy like Harbaugh. No way he could rein them in.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Woman cleaning my teeth the other day noticed my Bears t-shirt and said, “I don’t like Jay Cutler. He’s such a baby.”

    I didn’t say anything like, “Yeah, a baby who routinely sacrificed his body to make plays.” or “You don’t like him because he’s sulky? Maybe you should not like him because he’s immensely talented and keeps under-achieving.”

    But no, he’s a baby. That’s why people don’t like him. Tom Brady is a little bitch, but people like him… men because he’s good, women because he’s the dreamboat.

    And Trestman’s decisions leave me completely baffled. I understand he’s trying to save his job (which is stupid to think that he has a job to save) or his future prospects, but he’s got to understand that nothing he does at this point is going to affect what happens. His future is written.

    • wreckinball

      Trestmans future is indeed written but so is Jays.

      I think some of the Jay faithful are nearing the point of needing an intervention

      • Big Mike

        Not following you around the blog this morning but you and I see to be in sync posting on the same threads 🙂

        There is a line by the way among “Jay’s faithful”. There are those that have like/dislike cutler for superfluous reasons. There are those that want a new QB every time a team punts. I was a Cutler “apologist” for many years. Seeing the talent, knowing we had a shit offense around him, I was on the front lines of defending him. After last season, it was my conclusion, that he had everything he needed to have a break out season. I’ve said it here countless times. 2014 will be the year Cutler either steps up and shows he is one of the games top QBs ( i avoid the word elite), or he will show he’s a slightly better than average journeyman QB (a guy). He’s the latter. My book is closed on him.

        So the question is do we keep an overpaid slightly above average QB in a system he does not fit into? Do we change the system around him, do we throw him out and plug in a system QB? or do we scrap the whole thing?

        • wreckinball

          That is the question. Don’t think they can cut him so it all boils down to who’s interested and what are they offering

          There may be one guy willing to try Jay

          • Big Mike

            Shanahan

          • wreckinball

            Yea maybe

    • BearDown100393

      People want to see a general on the field. His command presence is non-existent. Maybe that is not important to his teammates – that is for them to decide. What bothers me most is his fundamentals, the skill set never seems to improve over time.

      • SC Dave

        Cutler rarely, if ever, seems in charge. It’s been one of my two beefs about him for a long time – lack of leadership. The other is limited ability to see the field and find open guys.

    • Trac

      Never give up. Never, never, never give up!

    • BlameAngelo

      To Brady has a bunch of rings. He’s a winner and will be remembered, Cutler won’t be.

  • wreckinball

    Agee
    Jimmy deserves last start Fales should be 2

    No reason to risk Jay at all

    I think they have to trade him even though the terms will be unfavorable

    Sign a mid range FA and draft a QB and move on

    • Big Mike

      If they can get an early 3rd rd pick without giving anything up it would be a good move.

      • wreckinball

        Jump on a 3rd and picking up 5 mil
        I just don’t think we’ll get offered a 3rd

        • Big Mike

          Some have said that a 2nd might be possible. I don’t buy it either. But that would be nice.

    • BearDown100393

      I really do not understand why Fales was activated as the backup and Cutler deactivated. Clearly the plan was not to play #6. Why risk any scenario of Jay entering the game?

      • wreckinball

        Third QB is normally designated as emergency ie doesn’t count on the roster

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Only in Chicago would losing at home by 6, and having the backup QB throw a pick to end the game, be a feel good moment.
    The meathead echo chamber is in full effect.

    • Big Mike

      That’s untrue. It was the first game in a very long time against a playoff caliber team, where we didn’t crap all over ourselves.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        No, the Lions crapped all over themselves. We merely sharted.
        How is it untrue? We scored the fewest points of the last 7 weeks, and that was with two gifts from the Lions special teams.
        This is the Hanie bullshit all over again. Clausen is a backup for a reason.

        • Big Mike

          By the way the point of my response wasn’t Clausen vs Cutler. I was responding to what you called the “meathead echo chamber”. It was a good game to watch. First in a long time against a quality team. that’s all. No mention of cutler, trestman, clausen, losing by 6 at home wasn’t so bad compared to what we’ve been through. That’s all I meant.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It helps to have the other team not score every drive. We should feel good about that, for sure.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            how was it a good game to watch? O was anemic, D played with heart but still did not play well…

  • Bears-4-Ever

    The only thing wrong with that pin is that it has the year on it. NO ONE will want to remember 2014 if they are a Bears Fan..that’s what makes that Pin a worthless hunk of brass.

    I read Rex Ryan, Harbaugh, etc. for the HC spot, and I agree we need someone with “fire”, but the reality is that the Ownership traditionally hates HC that will stand up to them, they what placid, “yes-men”, not Dikta look-a-likes…it’s really sad because a Ditka look-a-like is EXACTLY the HC the Bears need to turn this shit around. That is why I expect NOTHING to change drastically until someone else Owns our beloved Bears.

    • BillW

      Viva wants Toub. Good choice. I am going to be a broken record and hold out hope for George to blow up the structure, move Teddy, fire the whole bunch below, and bring in someone to run the show. And cite the centennial coming up as his motivation for making the Bears relevant again.

      (Aside: I used the term “broken record” while teaching once and had to explain it. But now that vinyl is making a comeback it may be in vogue again.)

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Hope is about all we as fans have left Bill. (crossing fingers)

      • Bender McLugh

        Viva not the only one – several of us have said the same – but it’s a pipe dream.

        • Bears-4-Ever

          As is Harbaugh unfortunately.

  • BillW

    Curious what you all think about the Kyle Long Bear hug of Marc Trestman when the Bears scored (I think it was the second TD)?

    To me it was one of two things, or in combination:
    Long is a big Trestman supporter and wanted him to win this game
    Long is in agreement that the offense was fine and just needed a QB to run it better

    Reading further – while I will disclaim any knowledge of the locker room (obviously) one has to wonder if Long and perhaps others are sick of the Jay Cutler show too.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      You read tea leaves for a living? Holy extrapolation!

      • BillW

        Look – we’re FANS. We wonder about such things. That’s all it is. When I see a reaction like Kyle had, given all the upheaval, it’s natural (I think) to wonder about it.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          It was two men hugging – who gives a shit?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It makes me wonder if Long really doesn’t like Brandon Marshall or if he’s not going to get Briggs a comic book for Christmas…or maybe Kyle is besties with Trestman’s daughter and just found out she’s going to grad school.
            Gimme a break.

    • huntinbare

      Maybe it just shows Long’s class. He may be expressing empathy for a nice man who put in a lot of effort; but it just did not work out for him. Long was well supported by Marc and he probably knows Marc is going to lose his job; so maybe he is just helping someone who’s spirit has to be at an all time low..I think Long can become a team leader with a powerful locker room presence.

    • BearDown100393

      Kyle Long might be a bit different.

    • iowabearsfan

      i’m pretty sure long and cutler are good buddies. he apparently hangs out at his house a lot and plays with his kid. but he also may like trestman as well. and more than that he is a loyal Bear who wants to see the team succeed more than anything. that’s all I see in that

  • huntinbare

    I want Fales to play in the last game ….this will give me some insight into Emery’s ability to hit or miss in the draft. I would like to know what he was thinking. Right now he is on the fence with me and I need a bit more info on whether he wasted a pick. Pickles showed us what he’s got…time to move on and get more info. for the future.

    • BillW

      Good point. If they are on the fence with Trestman, this would be a good piece of information for evaluation. The problem is, as a third stringer he has had far less prep than even Pickles so it really would be unfair.

      • huntinbare

        Could we be able to tell if he can navigate pressure by how he reacts. Maybe get a good picture of his mechanics. I want to see how athletic he is akso. If I were Emery I would order Trestman to design plays to help showcase the specific areas I wanted to note and make it happen. Everybody was happy with the team competing this week. That is where the victory lies next week; forget the score.

  • huntinbare

    I like Toub’s familiarity with the franchise; and I know I am getting an inovator who will remain relevant with the changes in the game as it evolves. He doesn’t seem to be a guy who is stuck in his ways. We need a coach who will be able to make quality adjustments as the game progresses. I hate voting; but if I have to cast a ballot I vote Toub.

    • Bender McLugh

      how can the Bears make this happen?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Wishing, praying, a heap of money, and ownership sells.

      • huntinbare

        I am not that smart to know what it would take; I see his name come up and hope he is available to be considered.
        Maybe we could let him know the job would be his; then snatch him up after he quit his current position. That I am sure is not allowed by the league; only in my dreams.

    • BearDown100393

      Why do you hate voting?

      • huntinbare

        You don’ t really want to know do you. It may cause controversy; that sort of stuff always does. I will reply if you are interested; but do not want a battle.

        • BearDown100393

          Nah no need for controversy.

          • huntinbare

            Thanks..I appreciate that. Simply put ; I never have seen anybody run for office that sees life from the same perspective; so for myself it never has been an event that I can passionately support.

          • BlameAngelo

            Word HB! Doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.

  • I am one of those that say Cutler has to go, and it’s not my job to figure out who the next QB will be. It’s clear this team is going nowhere with Cutler so why not move on if you get the chance? I wish Cutler the best and hope he finds success elsewhere but he’s not taking us to the Super Bowl so let’s find the next one.

  • huntinbare

    If we win next week then next year we host the Giants and travel to New Orleans
    If we lose we host The Washington tribe and travel to Tampa

    • for selfish reasons, i’d want to travel to New Orleans.

      but also for selfish reasons I’d want the higher pick.

      life’s hard, guys.

  • GPLDAN

    I agree with Jeff that dressing Cutler is just a bad deal. There is no way you play him. You go to Fales if little Jimmy gets hurt.

    As such, Marc Trestman should not be allowed to Head Coach for another day. He should be fired today. It’s not the family way, but a Bears team this flaccid is also not the Bears way.

    Thayer was on the score today debating if Clausen played well enough to continue, or go back to Jay. He feigned ignorance at why Jay shouldn’t play. That is maddening. A healthy Cutler is needed to get any sort of draft pick out of Tennessee for the long haul back. A new regime is on the way, the clown car is getting valet service in a few weeks and all these misfits are going to see Herbie the Dentist.

    The family now owes it to salvage what they can for the next group to tear this thing apart and rebuild.

  • huntinbare

    This is for the older fans…
    Looking at the pictures of Pickles going after Ansah following that hit on his slide gave me a good laugh.
    Now I love that he took umbrage; and got after him.
    But the photos make him seem so small; it looks like a hollywood movie set; and he reminds me of Mickey Rooney back when he portrayed the Andy Hardy character.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i will bet my right testicle that Cutler is on the team next year.

    • GPLDAN

      I hope you have three balls then.

      Contract or no contract, it has gotten past that point now.

      • wreckinball

        Agree save your balls don’t bet on Cutler being a Bear next year.

    • BearDown100393

      Right and not the left. I find this interesting. Is the left already gone?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i lost the right one to cancer years ago, so always willing to wager with it. got it in a jar in a closet.

        • BearDown100393

          Makes sense!

        • GPLDAN

          “Closet Cancer Ball Jars”

          I now have my new bowling team name. Thank you.

  • GPLDAN

    “Say what you will, the McCaskey family is not cheap. They are just dumb.” -Hub, on his Score show.

    Hub (supposedly) is considered a ‘friend’ to the family. George likes him. And even Hub, who usually aligns himself with defending the family, has given up doing so. Of course, he serves a new master (670 am) now, so he may just be shit stirring for his audience.

    • BearDown100393

      Hub is batting 1.000 with those 2 sentences.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      When “friends” are honest it stings, but if it’s true you have to listen and should make changes.

    • willbest

      The new NFL rules on salary caps and rookie pay scales make it impossible for owners to be cheap with their players anymore.

      Where the McCaskeys show their cheapness is in coaching/staffing concerns, and player amenities.

    • Hub is not like those other morons on the radio. You can tell a bunch of the pitch forked peasants used to getting handys from Mully etc try to goad Hub into just razing down the Bears, Cutler, Trestman, etc, and he usually doesn’t bite. Hub usually says responds by, “Well, I don’t know about that, but…” then gives some sort of informed criticism based on what he does know or sources.

      Then again, sometimes he does go off the reservation, which is why he’s a compelling Iago.

  • GPLDAN

    I just can’t get over the factoid that the Chicago Bears have never hired a guy who was previously a head coach before. THat needs to change.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i don’t think the Steelers have hired a coach with previous experience either

    • willbest

      So you are all for Rex Ryan, Gary Kubiak, Mike Shanahan, and Jim Harbaugh?

  • GPLDAN

    Alshon’s drops I chalk up to him in his “doooooon’t care” mode.

    Wilson’s drops came because he doesn’t have NFL caliber mitts. Big difference.

    • BearDown100393

      IMO Jeffery is playing with injuries.

    • John Doe

      Right about Wilson. He looks like #4 WR at best.

  • John Doe

    Marcellus Wiley @marcelluswiley · Dec 19
    Jim Harbaugh will be the Head Coach of Michigan, according to 2 of my sources. Announcement coming after the season
    #GettingMyAdamSchefterOn

    This guy thinks Harbaugh to Michigan is a done deal.

    I found it curious yesterday that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced yesterday that Joe Philbin will be back as head coach of Dolphins for 2015.

    Stephen Ross was very interested in Harbaugh. May be he got the word that Harbaugh is indeed going to Michigan.

    Why, How would Stephen Ross know one may ask. Well, Stephen Ross is also a UofM alum. Not just another alum but one who has given millions and millions to the university. He also gave a bunch of millions to name University of Michigan’s business school after him (Ross School of Business). So when you have given millions to your school, I bet you have your sources, may be in Michigan President or Athletic Director’s office that pass on important information to you.

    I am inclined to think Jim Harbaugh is going to Michigan. We will know next Monday.

    • BerwynBomber

      Interesting about Ross’s UM connections, but from a pure football sense you could make an argument for Philbin for another year: Fish have been competitive all year and Tannenhill is developing.

      • John Doe

        I am sure if he had a shot at Harbaugh he would have gone after him regardless of how Philbin has done. Sometimes, this is just business and who is available and not necessarily based on results.Just ask Rick Renteria.

    • GPLDAN

      While there is a lovely dovetail story in Harbaugh coming to Chicago to upstage his foe in Ditka, there is an equal story in that he was the last 4 year QB for Bo Schembeckler before he retired (Elvis Grbac being the last QB that Bo coached).

      I’m sure Harbaugh will work to bring back the discipline and pride of the Schembeckler era to Ann Arbor, despite his wife hating those cold winters and grey skies.

      • BerwynBomber

        Schefter reported last week that “his family” was encouraging him to take the UM job. The Bears job can be sold via its brand, fan base and the city, but I never bought the whole the personal connection much. Harbaugh’s best years as a pro were as a Colt. We missed the boat in developing him. Da Coach was fantastic but he was never that good with QBs. The most successful one he ever had — McMahon — succeeded somewhat despite him.

        • GPLDAN

          Very true. Harbaugh hated Ditka. He loved Bo.

          Both yelled at him alot. He took very different lessons from each.

        • John Doe

          And Harbaugh respects Marc Trestman too much (He was on Trestman’s staff at Raiders and Trestman gave him his first coaching job). I doubt Harbaugh would take up Bears job right after Trestman is fired.

          Plus, Jay Cutler. I bet Harbaugh would not put up with a punk like Jay Cutler for even a couple of games. He would be in Cutler’s face constantly like no other coach has the guts to do something like that. My money would be on Cutler demanding a trade if Harbaugh comes to Chicago by some miracle.

          • BerwynBomber

            Interesting. I did not know of Harbaugh’s Trestman connection.

            Yes, hard to believe such an HC in high demand would sign up for another “Salvage Jay Cutler” experiment. If I’m Harbaugh, the Jets would be a ton more appealing. They’ve got loads of cap space and Geno Smith and Mike Vick can be jettisoned with very little thought or pain. My guess is if the Bears keep Cutty the best hope is they get a Cutty believer in Shanny or Kubiak.

      • John Doe

        Yes, it will be great to have Michigan back as a top program. Big Ten needs Michigan to be good.

        Michigan needs to be good again for the sake of their rivalry with OSU.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis
  • BillW

    Poll question posted but I don’t see it when I refresh DBB main page; only when I click on the link in Jeff’s tweet.

    • BillW

      It’s OK now. Maybe it was my browser

  • GPLDAN

    Greased Mode

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000447954/Wk-16-Can-t-Miss-Play-Beast-quake-2-0?module=HP11_cp

    I especially like the “hold my dick, bitches” leap at the end. Maybe that can become a thing.

  • Cubs_Questions

    I have little faith in Emery. Taking Trestman over Arians was just the start of my little faith. Part of the interview process was conducting a mock press conference, which was probably as ridiculous as it sounds. And we passed on the reigning coach of the year because of a ridiculous interview process.

    Then, when Emery says that he had no say in how Kromer was disciplined or Cutler being benched to me says 1 of 2 things: 1) he is a weak leader who should have been taking more control or 2) he did have a say in those decisions and dished the blame after the backlash. Neither of those things are good, and both would signal to me that he should go.

    And in my opinion, he has to go. As for Trestman, it’s clear he can’t coach defensively in the least, and he and Tucker should both go. Trestman very well may make a fantastic OC, but he isn’t an NFL HC. Kromer has to go after his whole debacle and what I can only imagine is now a lack of respect from the players in the locker room, and you may want to just wipe the whole staff.

    Especially starting Cutler in Week 17? Are you kidding? Nothing he does this week is going to convince anybody he can be the guy. And you’re going to risk him getting hurt and making him less tradeable? If they were going to sit him in week 16 to make a point or whatever, they should have stuck with it and started Fales. Whoever is making these decisions, presumably Trestman, Emery, or some combination of them, has to go.

    As for Cutler, I am a fan, admittedly. With that said, he has not been worth the money and has not been very good and I can acknowledge that. But when comparing him to the Geno Smith’s and Mark Sanchez’s and Johnny Manziel’s, he’s somebody I would like to have.

    I always look at it this way: there is a group of 4 or so elite QBs in the NFL. These are the QBs that can singlehandedly make a huge difference for a team. Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Brees, Brady, maybe Roethlisberger. After that, there are some middle tiers like Rivers, Russell Wilson and Romo, and lower tiers like Geno, Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer.

    The middle tier of quarterbacks are serviceable, and can win with a good team around them, but won’t be the dominant type for an entire season like that elite group. I would put Cutler in that group, and I would take him over about half the league.

    And he’s been bad in 2014, but he gets a disproportionate amount of the blame. The defense has been bad, the play calling has been bad, they’re taking a lot of penalties and playing undisciplined football, etc. None of this is to deflect that Cutler has been bad because he has been bad.

    And I’m okay with them getting rid of Cutler, but only in the right deal or sequence of moves that sets them up to get a solid QB. You can’t win in this league without a good QB these days, and Cutler has not been good. But he’s generally better than the alternative in my opinion, because there are very, very few elite QBs in the league.

    Let’s upgrade the defense, make some changes to the coaching, and if the right deal comes around, trade Cutler. Otherwise, keep him and hope being benched has lit a fire under him going into 2015.

  • So Trestman is starting Cutler again? lol
    That’s too funny. Maybe they were expecting Clausen to bomb behind a patchwork Oline vs a fierce Lion’s D, and Alshon in on it (just drop it baby), and when the script didn’t unravel like expected, they thought, “Holy shit. Back to Jay!”
    Or maybe they really are protecting Clausen and Fales for next season, though that seems like a short sighted plan considering we’re also likely trading Cutler in that scenario.
    Odd times, indeed.

  • Jingle bells, Trestman smells, Cutler laid an egg…The Bearmobile has no wheel, and Arians got away…

  • Robert L. Wendt

    How about starting David Fales? The Bears should let him start, and see what they have.

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