Cutler Trade Good for Almost Everybody. Almost. And Other Points of View.


  • Elliot Harrison at constructs his all-under 25 team. Guess how many Bears are on it?
  • Rob Demovsky, Green Bay blogger at ESPN, thinks the Bears signing of Pernell McPhee was the worst NFC North free agent move to date. Ben Goessling in Minnesota thought it was the Eddie Royal signing. Michael Rothstein in Detroit thought it was Ray McDonald. Clearly the Bears are making a great impression around the division.
  • Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune sets a fan who continues to make excuses for quarterback Jay Cutler straight as he answers your questions:

    “Will the Bears use more rollouts and bootlegs? It’s certainly a possibility. But the idea that the Bears didn’t do that under Marc Trestman, Mike Tice, Mike Martz and Ron Turner is flat out wrong. Everyone runs the boot game.”

    “To expect Cutler to change dramatically as a player with more bootlegs in the offensive scheme would be a miscalculation in my opinion. Look at how many offensive coaches he’s already worked with. Do you think every offensive coach the Bears have hired as been inept and incapable of coaching offensive football? The answer to that is no. Cutler is going to be who he’s been. If he can cut down on the number of turnovers, he has a chance to remain on the field.”

    I continue to be amazed by the number of fans who continue to make excuses for Cutler after six years of up and down play. Cutler was surrounded by about as much offensive talent as any quarterback in the NFL could reasonably expect to have. He had a head coach who believed in him at the beginning of the year and was as easy and as accommodating as any he’ll find to work with. He’ll never be any better than he was last year.

  • Hub Arkush at likes Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker Shane Ray better than I do.
  • Arkush also sings the praises of Bears general manager Ryan Pace‘s free agency moves but wisely ends the article with the critical question: “Now, can Pace draft better than his predecessors?” Pace is using free agency to set up the draft but the draft is where you really have to execute.
  • I’m not entirely sure why Jeff Dickerson at ESPN thinks that Bears safety Brock Vereen doesn’t fit the “aggressive, hard-hitting mold that new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and secondary coach Ed Donatell are known to prefer in safeties”.
  • Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune gets a little more information about the blocking scheme that the Broncos ran on the offensive line last year from new center Will Montgomery. It sounds like a little bit of everything depending on the situation.


One Final Thought

Chase Goodbread at points out that the Bears trade for Cutler apparently benefited teams all over the league – seemingly everyone but the Bears.

Will Sutton Could Fit the 3-4

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers a good question from a reader:

“Q: I keep reading about Will Sutton… Is it possible the new coaches find a way to teach this young man or is it too hard to change a position at this level?”

“A: If the Bears were still in a 4-3 scheme, the hope would be he’d be preparing for a more impactful season. I don’t think he’s big enough to be lined up at nose tackle in a 3-4 and the Bears are ideally looking for a longer player at end. Sutton is listed at 6-foot, 315 pounds and was officially weighed at 303 pounds at the 2014 scouting combine. We’ll see what shakes out for Sutton when the Bears get on the field later this month. No one has ruled Sutton out at this point and I expect he will get a shot to fit in.”

There are similar questions about Dvid Bass and Cornelius Washington.


The reader is right in that media seems to be dismissing Sutton (above) out of hand, in particular. It isn’t like you can’t be a penetrator and play line in a 3-4 anymore.  The scheme is more versatile nowadays. Sutton seems to have the size to play either nose guard or end (I suspect end).

We keep reading about how the new Bears coaches will be able to adapt to fit the players on defense. Sutton and the other potential pieces to the puzzle that the Bears have accumulated over the years as they’ve run the 4-3 will undoubtedly get his shot to fit in.