Tag:Kyle Orton
Posted on: January 30, 2010 7:55 pm

The Newest Bear - April 3, 2009

I’m getting persistent questions/comments about whether the Bears gave up too much in the Cutler trade. Yes, I’m a huge Bears fan, but I’ll do my best to maintain some perspective. So let’s analyze the trade:

*Bears get: Cutler, 2009 5th rounder.
*Broncos get: Orton, 2009 1st rounder, 2009 3rd rounder, 2010 1st rounder.

The 2009 second rounders (5th and 3rd) cancel each other out. I don’t care what round it is. They’re both 2nd-day picks. Who cares.

The Bears got a new QB, so obviously Orton becomes expendable. They would’ve cut him or maybe gotten a 2nd day pick for him. Who cares.

So that leaves Cutler for 2 first round picks. Cutler is 25, threw for 5,000 yards last year, and is a proven franchise QB, and is easily top 10 QB in the league. Also, I’m sick of hearing about how bad his win/loss record is. Folks, the Denver defense wouldn’t be able to stop Unioto High School the past few years. You’re not going to have a great w/l record with a defense like that. Cutler threw for 5,000 yards last year, and they went 8-8. Come on.

Also, does everyone realize how long it’s been since Chicago has had a good QB? McMahon maybe, I mean at least he was a leader, and if Charles Martin hadn’t body slammed him illegally in ’86, the Bears would’ve won another Super Bowl. Before that, it was Sid Luckman in the 40’s. The Bears have been in existence for 89 years. They’ve had four years of seasons with more than 3,000 yards passing. Four years, folks...out of 89 seasons. In addition, did I mention that Cutler is 25? Did I also mention that he makes just over $1 million in each of the next 3 years? B-A-R-G-A-I-N.

Finally, the 2 first round draft picks. If anyone would like to analyze the Bears past several first round draft picks, you tell me how much we actually gave up: Chris Williams, Greg Olsen, Cedric Benson, Tommie Harris, Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Marc Colombo, David Terrell, Brian Urlacher, Curtis Enis, Cade McNown, Walt Harris, Rashaan Salaam, John Thierry. So possibly one “hit” and two “maybes” out of 14 picks in 15 years? Yikes. Easy call.

From the Broncos side of things, it wasn’t going to work with Cutler. They got a decent QB in Orton, a system guy, and they also got 2 first rounders. I think this is one of those rare trades where both teams probably win.

In summary, as a Bears fan, I’m ecstatic about this trade. We now have a franchise QB. We already have a franchise RB. We strengthened our offensive line even before we got Orlando Pace. If he has 1-2 years left, signing him is a win for us. Our defense, despite losing Mike Brown, should be improved versus last year. If Hester can regain his ’07 form on kick returns, Cutler will have a short field to work with. Wide receiver? Torry Holt? Plaxico? Even if we don't do anything, Hester is now a major deep threat with Cutler at the trigger. The NFC North sucks. And the NFC is way down for ’09. The Cardinals made the Super Bowl last year? Hell, anyone could win it this year, why not us?

I’m now as excited for this upcoming NFL season as I am for the OSU season.


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Posted on: January 18, 2010 8:27 pm

Monday Afternoon Thoughts - November 10, 2008

  • If anyone doesn't want to receive emails about my mindless sports drivel, just reply to me and let me know and I'll take you off the list, no problem. I think it's just a fun way to share thoughts and opinions.
  • Bucks looked good most of the game on Saturday . Anyone but me looking forward to Pryor in the coming years?
  • Okay, this is the last time I'll say it, just need to get through Illinois and we'll be fine for a nice bowl game .
  • It's early, but I think Beanie stays for another year.
  • Colin Cowherd this morning predicted Florida - Texas in the Championship game with OSU playing Boise St in the Fiesta and Penn St playing USC in the Rose. Regardless, if we win out, I think we play in the BCS. We travel too well not to get picked and I assume we'll be about 6-7th by the time the dust settles (oh yea, plus win both of our games).
  • Simply a great NFL weekend. Of course, I'm a giant fantasy geek and my thoughts on the NFL often reflect fantasy, but there were some great plays and great games this weekend. I predicted Arizona 31-13 for tonight, ironically same as Peter King , but let's hope it's a good game. I'm happy to see Arizona doing well. I'd like to see a lot of points tonight. Big fantasy night for many.
  • One last thing on fantasy.....last week was the last week I go with my head and not with my gut. If any of you are like me.....if you overthink things with your roster you make the wrong decisions almost all the time. When I go with my gut, I almost always get it right. Crazy.
  • If anyone (including me) needed proof as to why Grossman is on the bench and Orton starts for the Bears, it was evident on Sunday . If Orton plays we win that game. That's the fun thing about the NFL......"if, if, if, if, if"
  • Happy to see Ted Ginn and Michael Jenkins finally coming into their own as NFL receivers. I predict bigger things next season for both.
  • I seriously think that the Lions may go 0-16 this year. The talking heads up here are all over Marinelli, and general public I think just doesn't care anymore. It's not that the players aren't trying, it's just possibly the worst gathering of poor talent ever.
  • Lebron James I think is due for a breakout season. It's hard to call anything above what he's already been doing a 'breakout' anything, but he just seems better this year. I've always had Kobe as the #1 player in the league and James #2, but that may change this year.
  • Some NBA players just seem to get by on raw talent. I just think it's amazing what some athletes can do. For instance, I see, hear, and read about elite high school athletes that leave high school and go to major college programs and struggle. The 'jump' from one level to another is just so great (speed, strength, quickness, size, etc..). Then, elite college players often struggle in the NBA. Again, the 'jump' from one level to another is just too great for most. This is the case for about 99.9% of athletes. Which gets me to my point of how amazing guys like Lebron, Kobe, T-Mac, Garnett, etc....and how much raw talent they have. To make a leap from the high school level to playing with the best players in the world and still dominate........to me this is unreal. Even guys like Carmello and Iverson, 1-2 years in college, then to jump to the NBA, and dominate in both...........sorry, just unbelievable.

Enjoy your week,


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