It is time for all Bears fans to accept what has been suspected all along : Rex Grossman + Jeff George = Jay Cutler.
In the Grossman era we had Good Rex / Bad Rex. With Cutler, we have Good Jay (the awesome win over Minnesota) / Bad Jay (the abysmal head-in-the-ass effort against Tampa Bay).
Jeff George's entire career was summed up as a guy with an attitude and big arm, but who could never lead to a win when he had to. Cutler is his brother.
A football team needs leadership and direction. The coaches provide the direction, but it is up to the players to provide the leadership. And it doesn't happen by popular vote, but by players stepping up to the task. Traditionally, one of the key leaders of a successful team is the QB. And if your QB has multiple personality disorder, then the results will follow in a roller coaster pattern of success and failure that will drive everyone nuts. And that is exactly what the Bears are - Sybil in cleats.
There are now stories of this being Cutler's last season as a Bear, but unfortunately there are no follow up supporting stories as what the plan is to replace him. Brian Hoyer? Um, no. A newly drafted rookie? Would certainly be nice for the Bears to join the modern era and draft, then develop, a young QB.
I say they clean the QB house as soon as the season ends. Thanks for the good and the bad Jay. See ya. Thanks for being a solid backup Brian. Seek your fortunes elsewhere. Mr. Barkley? Practice squad or nothing for you. Maybe try the Arena League for a while?
That would mean the Bears have the entire off season to see what is available and develop a strategy. The need to choose wisely, something historically they have been unable to do, and the sorry "wtf?" list of Bears starting QB's post McMahon is a sorry list of ineptitude, with a random partial sprinkling of competence, that proves my point.
They also have a guy with promise recovering from injury (Connor Shaw), but that injury was gruesome and devastating. And I have not heard if he is even coming back from it. Would be a sad short career for him if he is done for good since he showed promise in his brief playing time. I'm wishing him well.
None of the college QB's are being overly fawned over by the "experts", but I see that as a good sign there are probably at least 3 future HoFers in the upcoming draft class. Deshaun Watson of Clemson is my personal favorite of those who will be available. And this is mainly because I've gotten to see him play a lot. He has consistent, if not spectacular, quality with bursts of greatness. And I'll take that
So going into training camp, I would like to see Connor Shaw, Deshaun Watson, and a veteran other than Cutler or Hoyer who is cut loose by someone. Or maybe Mike Glennon can be pried loose from Tampa Bay for a 3rd round pick.
Wiping the board clean and starting over is the only viable option in my opinion. Anything less will just be a continuation of the current circle jerk.
Weekly picks -
Last week = 6-8
Season = 81-64-2
Bears @ NY Giants
The Giants can be beaten and Eli can be controlled, and if the same Bears team that beat Minnesota shows up, they can give the Giants fits.
The wild card for the Bears is #6.
If Good Jay makes an appearance - Bears 26 Giants 20
If Bad Jay shows up - Giants 33 Bears 16
I'm rooting for Good Jay. He owes us.
The rest of my week 11 picks (home team in CAPS) :
New Orleans over CAROLINA
CINCINNATI over Buffalo
Pittsburgh over CLEVELAND
DALLAS over Baltimore
DETROIT over Jacksonville
Tennessee over INDIANAPOLIS
KANSAS CITY over Tampa Bay
Arizona over MINNESOTA
Miami over LOS ANGELES
New England over SAN FRANCISCO
SEATTLE over Philadelphia
WASHINGTON over Goon Bay
OAKLAND over Houstonbye = Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets, San Diego