Thursday, November 4, 2010
BBAO: Shipping Cutler to Shanahan
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Admit it. You've considered the scenario David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune wrote about Thursday: The Chicago Bears one day trade quarterback Jay Cutler to the Washington Redskins, where he could reunite with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, and acquire embattled Redskins quarterback and -- Chicagoland native -- Donovan McNabb via free agency or a trade.
Cutler has thrown 33 interceptions in his first 22 games with the Bears, who are 10-12 in those games. Watching him this season, especially recently, has made you wonder whether he is a fit for an offense that requires as much as offensive coordinator Mike Martz does in his.
Ultimately, Haugh doesn't think it's time for the Bears to rid themselves of Cutler. But there might be less to this package than originally believed.
Haugh: "I understand now what was less obvious then. Cutler's unrelenting immaturity too often undermines his immense talent. And when he loses focus, he can lose teammates and games. That said, I still wouldn't trade a player the organization guaranteed $20 million who is still young enough to stop all those dreaded comparisons to Jeff George. There's a difference in criticizing Cutler for his play of late and abandoning all hope that a gifted 27-year-old quarterback with no leadership skills to speak of can be rehabilitated. Cutler doesn't need a trade to save his NFL life or the Bears from himself. He needs an intervention."
Your thoughts as we take our spin around the division ...
- Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com profiles Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, who returns to Canada this week with the team lead in sacks.
- Bears coaches are excited about getting offensive lineman Roberto Garza (knee) back this week, notes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the players who will fill in for receiver Donald Driver, who won't play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys because of a quad injury.
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette believes Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the right attitude to work his way out of his "funk." Rodgers: "It's below the standards that I set for myself. Obviously I think I'm capable of playing better. But I point to my preparation that's been the same. I prepare hard every week. Just [my] performance hasn't been as good as the kind of standards I set for my 40 games starting. So obviously I need to play better."
- The Packers aren't worried about an outbreak of staph infection after tight end Jermichael Finley contracted one after knee surgery, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News assesses this weekend's matchup between Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
- Lions rookie Amari Spievey is preparing as if he will start Sunday against the Jets, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- The Vikings opened a three-week window for receiver Sidney Rice (hip) to practice, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press. But it's also worth noting the Vikings had not yet filled Randy Moss' roster spot by Wednesday evening. Are they saving it for Rice?
- The Vikings saved nearly $3.4 million when the Tennessee Titans claimed Moss on waivers, notes Tom Pelissero of ESPNChicago.com.
- Amid all the Moss hoopla, Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune notes that receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.