Monday, December 31, 2012
Jay Cutler makes Bears' job attractive
By Kevin Seifert
Here is a list of teams that have fired their head coaches thus far on Black Monday:
- Chicago Bears
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Buffalo Bills
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cleveland Browns
Only one of those teams has a franchise quarterback in place.
The San Diego Chargers could soon be added to that list, but it's still fair to say that Jay Cutler will make the Bears perhaps the most attractive landing spot for head-coaching candidates in the coming days and weeks.
As we have discussed, the Bears have some significant work ahead of them in terms of reinvigorating their defensive personnel. But new coaches are accustomed to taking over imperfect rosters. It's rare to assume control of a team that has a quarterback of Cutler's skills.
You could nitpick Cutler's performance during his four years with the Bears and note it has translated into only one playoff victory. But he still gives a prospective head coach a better chance at relatively quick success, especially considering Cutler's chemistry with receiver Brandon Marshall, than most other potential landing spots. Remember, as we discussed a few weeks ago, this won't be a plum year for either drafting quarterbacks or finding a starter via free agency.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has reported the Bears are interested in Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. If you're McCoy, who figures to be pursued by multiple organizations, would you prefer taking over a team with Cutler on the roster or, say, one with Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brandon Weeden?
There are plenty of other circumstances that affect a highly touted coaching candidate. Money, personnel control and the potential for working well with the general manager are all priorities. But as is often said, talent trumps all. And the Bears are equipped better than most NFL teams in that regard -- especially at quarterback.