Bear Country denizens have been waiting forever to see their heroes get a franchise quarterback. Now that they've gotten one - Jay Cutler - who am I to voice any concerns?
A born skeptic am I, that's who.
Cutler is a diva who whined himself out of Denver. He also is a mistake-prone passer who lost more NFL games than he won as the Broncos' starter even though he was mentored by Mike Shanahan, one of the top offensive minds in recent league history.
That being said ... Cutler reminds me of a young Brett Favre. If he becomes even 80 percent the QB that Favre was, the Bears will forget quickly about Kyle Orton, who was sent to Denver in the deal (along with two No. 1 draft picks and a No. 3).
Like Favre, Cutler is so confident in his arm he often tries to throw it through defenders, leading to interceptions. Unlike Favre, who made his teammates better even at a young age, the 26-year-old Cutler has yet to lead a team into the playoffs and has a spotty record in late-game situations.
Historically, giving up so many high draft picks for one player ends up hurting the team that got the player. Herschel Walker is the most famous example, but there have been numerous others. Maybe Cutler will be the exception. One thing for sure: He'll face a ton of pressure; Chicago fans have taken to booing their QB at even the slightest miscue.
Also under big-time pressure: offensive coordinator Ron Turner. He had a built-in excuse with the limited QBs he had to work with: Orton, Rex Grossman and Brian Griese. Turner now has been given a hunk of clay - a talented, expensive hunk of clay - to mold into a masterpiece. We'll see.
Jerry Angelo said a few months ago that his No. 1 priority was to "fix" the QB position. He should be congratulated for getting the best option available. But his work is not done.
For starters, the Bears' receiving corps is an embarrassment. As it stands now, Orton will be throwing to far better players in Denver than Cutler will in Chicago. The Bears' line is inadequate, too. And those upgrades will have to be made without the benefit of a No. 1 draft choice.
For all of Lovie Smith's hot air that the Bears were "close" to championship contention, they weren't going to win anything with what they had. Now they've added a young Pro Bowl QB with a howitzer arm. Were I a Bears fan, I'd be very excited today.
I'd be plenty skeptical, too. But hey, that's just me.