If Jay Cutler isn’t the solution to the Chicago Bears quarterback conundrum, wouldn’t this offseason present the team with the ideal opportunity to part ways?
One thing is for certain, analysts covering the Super Bowl have made it known it is time for Cutler and the Bears to split.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune ran the gamut of football analysts and brought back the answers to the question football fans in Chicago wanted to hear.
Terry Bradshaw, who works on FOX’s pre-game show said, “It’s time for him to go.” FOX teammate Jimmy Johnson added, “I would say time for a new guy.”
That’s six Super Bowl rings worth of football experience saying it’s time to go separate ways.
Former teammate Charles Tillman, who is in his first full season on the media circuit re-iterated his belief that the Bears probably need to find Cutler’s replacement. “The writing is on the wall. They might have to part ways. Eight years is a long time …. He probably knows that. They probably know that.”
Kordell Stewart, one of the many failed Bears quarterback experiments, offered up the idea of the Bears acquiring Tony Romo or even staying the course with Brian Hoyer.
Before we go off on a quarterback hunt of our own, here are today’s Bullets …
- Are you already plotting revenge on your friends, family and co-workers in fantasy football already? Then look no further than Pro Football Focus, which has ridiculously early 2017 dynasty rankings for quarterbacks and running backs. If you’re looking for a Bears quarterback, allow me to distract you for a moment and show you that Jordan Howard is the sixth rated running back on the list. If the Bears truly commit to the run in 2017, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him put together another top-flight fantasy season. And if you’re still curious about the quarterback position, Jay Cutler ranks 35th of 40 quarterbacks. Maybe a move to San Francisco would boost his grade?
- Prospect offensive lineman Dan Feeney, who was a teammate of Howard’s at Indiana, had nothing but good things to say about a fellow former Hoosier. Feeney, who said he grew up a Bears fan, played for the John Fox-led North team in last week’s Senior Bowl and is coming off a productive career at Indiana. The Bears could be in the market to add another offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft, but it is unsure what position fits Feeney’s future the best. The Associated Press first-team All-American played four games at right guard and five at right tackle in 2016.
- Barry Rozner of the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald caught up with former Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly to reminisce about the 10 years that have passed since the Bears’ last Super Bowl appearance – which is a game Mannelly believes wasn’t won by the better team. Saturday marks the 10th anniversary since the Bears’ last Super Bowl appearance. The team has played in only two playoff games since its Super Bowl loss.
- Jim McMahon, the only Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Bears history, described the Bears’ play as embarrassing in recent years. McMahon probably isn’t alone considering the team hasn’t had a winning season since 2012 and is on its second coach and GM since the last Super Bowl appearance. Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times also spent some time catching up with McMahon on his health, which makes this piece worthy of your full attention.
- The Detroit Lions made the playoffs in 2016, but it isn’t stopping them from making some changes. First up, the uniforms. The Lions announced they were removing black from the color scheme as part of a re-branding effort. The team will unveil new uniforms on April 13 – just in time to show them off at the 2017 NFL Draft.
- It looks like George H.W. Bush (a.k.a. the 41st President of the United States) is ready for some football in his home state:
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) February 1, 2017
- According to the NFL Media Research Group, no tight end owns a better passer efficiency rating when thrown to than Martellus Bennett. Quarterbacks throwing to Bennett (minimum 60 pass attempts) own a 136.8 rating this season. That is remarkably efficient and productive. And not a moment too soon for the free agent to be.
- And if all else fails for Bennett, he can follow his dream and get that degree at Hogwarts:
Martellus Bennett is still waiting on his Hogwarts letter. pic.twitter.com/c54VxNdTyR
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2017
- ESPN’s Jim Trotter reports that Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return for 2017 to play out the final year of his contract. Fitzgerald has been a star wide receiver and the face of the Cardinals for quite some time. His decorated career features eight 1,000-yard seasons, four 100-catch campaigns, 104 touchdown receptions and 10 Pro Bowl nominations. He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer who has posted consecutive 1,000-yard years in his age 32 and 33 seasons. Reaching the 1,000-yard mark a third straight year would move him up to third on the all-time list behind Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.
- If the deal that is supposed to move the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas falls through, San Diego might swoop in and make an offer. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego’s mayor has already reached out to the Raiders to gauge interest on moving to the former home of the Chargers. It seems like a long shot, but I’ll admit I would watch a game in San Diego between the Los Angeles Chargers and San Diego Raiders. The optics would be reason enough to turn on that game.
- Colts punter Pat McAfee announced his retirement on Twitter late Wednesday. That wasn’t the only surprise as McAfee, 29, announced he would be joining Barstool Sports as part of the next stage of his career. This coming off the heels of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying he wasn’t aware of Barstool Sports being barred from credentials at the Super Bowl.