Chicago's many fans of the Bears are rejoicing because there is a new head coach -- John Fox, who has taken the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl -- and there is a new general manager -- Ryan Pace, who started as a very young college graduate with the New Orleans Saints organization. There is already much speculation about how soon the Bears will be going to the Super Bowl again. People are happy! Joyous! Delighted!
Hold your horses, I say. We still have Jay Cutler as our number one QB.
Maybe Mr. Fox can make a silk purse out of Jay's ear of sow, but I am so wary about all this that I just can't be so elated.
So these points:
1. Phil Emery did the stanky bad deal of the century when he extended Jay for so many years with a guarantee for two years. (Jay's agent? Really very bright, that one.)
2. Marc Trestman was not a very good fit with the Bears.
3. It will be a building year. (I am weary of building years.)
4. Jay Cutler is not now nor will he ever be an elite quarterback. This means he will not be one next year either. I'm just sayin'. Maybe John Fox can get an offense that features Jay's strengths but that remains to be seen. Hell, the schedule isn't even out yet.
I am cautiously, guardedly optimistic, wary, and, if I give it too much thought, oddly tense about it all. But I won't be fooled by false hope again. And yet I say Go Bears!