In three years, the Chicago Bears have done little to show their prized quarterback Jay Cutler they're serious about building an offense. Now after a painful NFL season collapse, is the team finally ready to wager its future on him?
Futures of Roy Williams, Mike Martz and Jerry Angelo may have an impact
Jerry Angelo almost got it right. His 2011 free agency group very nearly helped Cutler bring the Bears back to the playoffs. Players like Roy Williams and Marion Barber were producing. Coordinator Mike Martz had the team scoring touchdowns regularly. Even Sam Hurd made contributions on special teams. Then Jay broke his thumb. Williams started dropping passes. Barber suffered horrible mental lapses and fumbling problems and Sam Hurd got busted as a drug dealer. So once again the cheap route resulted in a colossal car crash for Chicago and Jay Cutler was an unwilling passenger. Now with the defense aging the team doesn't have the luxury of time. If ever a year the Chicago Bears needed to stop being themselves in the off-season it's 2012. Their goals are simple: put more talent on offense and get younger on defense.
Bears money and NFL draft picks to go after Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers
Chicago has a full stack of NFL draft picks, including an extra third round choice from the Carolina Panthers who had one of the worse records in football. This means Jerry Angelo, should he not get fired, will have bargaining chips to possibly trade with for players or more picks. Also at his disposal is a healthy chunk of salary cap space that went unused this season. Taking a look at the free agent class next year should open a bevy of doors for the Bears to make significant moves. Not only will some badly needed wide receiver help be available but also some young talent on defense as well. Among those options include receiver James Jones of the Green Bay Packers and defensive end Cliff Avril of the Detroit Lions. Seeing as Chicago will obviously have to go through both those teams to win anything next season, taking away some of their top talent seems only logical.
Cutler will spend off time healing and marrying Kristin Cavallari
Mending his broken thumb remains top priority for Jay. However, he'll have plenty to keep him busy during the summer with wedding plans still in action to marry girlfriend Kristin Cavallari. In that time he can't let his old surly self reappear. He's won the respect he never got for how talented he really is and now his leadership will count more than ever. Jobs are on the line. The last time that happened he got to the NFC championship. Jay must not lose faith in the Chicago Bears, because their faith in him is stronger than ever.
The future of Mike Martz and Jerry Angelo remain big questions. What type of wedding dress Kristin Cavallari will wear at the wedding remains for tabloids to ponder. What matters now is the healthy return of Jay Cutler, hopefully to an offense ready for that critical championship step.