Burton's Optimism, Sims' Questionable Contract, Cutler's Reality TV Debut, and Other Bullets

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Burton’s Optimism, Sims’ Questionable Contract, Cutler’s Reality TV Debut, and Other Bullets

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Gotta be honest, this is exactly how I felt waking up on Monday:

  • Jay Cutler is arguably one of the most polarizing athletes in Chicago sports history, but there’s no doubting his star power when it comes to reality TV. While E!’s Very Cavallari centers around Cutler’s wife Kristin and an exploration into her life as she dives into the world of fashion and lifestyle in Nashville, it’s Cutler who stole the scene in the show’s debut. I’m looking forward to watching it next week, in hopes of more appearances and quips from the ex-Bears quarterback.
  • It’s really refreshing to hear that free agents were lured to Chicago because of the head coach-quarterback combination:

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  • And while the Bears haven’t played a single down, I suppose GM Ryan Pace should get some kudos for reeling in a coaching candidate other players want to suit up for on game day.
  • A recent ranking of NFL head coaches from Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has Nagy on the bottom end of the totem pole, but that’s to be expected considering his lack of head coaching experience. Nagy checks in at No. 25, but second among first-year head coaches. Only Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions ranks higher.
  • Because you’re probably wondering where Jon Gruden comes in, it’s worth noting that he cracks the top-10. Then again, Gruden isn’t a first-year coach. Gruden also has a Super Bowl title under his belt. The game has changed since Gruden hung up the head sets, but if he still has it, then he’s undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the game.
  • Respect is earned, not given … and no one knows that more than Anthony Miller. The rookie wide receiver made himself into an All-American at Memphis and that chip on his shoulder is only going to become more prominent as he grows as a pro. It’s definitely not going away if he finds out that Bet Online doesn’t even have Miller listed in its odds to win Rookie of the Year. Lorin Cox of Bears Wire notes that Steelers rookie receiver James Washington was picked after Miller and is on the board with the same odds as D.J. Moore, who was the first receiver to be drafted. ‘Sup with that?
  • Austin Gayle of Pro Football Focus highlights 20 newcomers who are expected to make an impact upon arrival in 2018. A notable inclusion here is Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith. Gayle underscores the strengths Smith showed while at Georgia, which suggest he’ll slide right into a role as a three-down linebacker in the pros. The combination of high-end run-defense skills and elite pass coverage should make him a force no matter what play the offense calls.
  • Also on the list is Josh Sitton, who Gayle believes will have a positive impact in the locker room and offensive line. If Sitton is healthy, there is no doubting his game-changing ability as a blocker along the interior line who can clear space in the running game and keep pass rushers at bay. But health was an issue for Sitton in each of the last two year’s and isn’t getting younger. Still, I can see why he made the cut here.
  • Dion Sims didn’t provide the positive impact that was expected when he was a newcomer last year. And now, his contract is really coming into question.  OverTheCap.com’s Jason Fitzgerald pens a piece for the Sporting News in which he shares what he believes to be the worst contracts, which includes Sims. A disappointing first season in Chicago wasn’t enough for the front office to show Sims the door, which came as something of a surprise because of how much the Bears could’ve saved by parting ways with him in the offseason. Sims looks the part of a solid tight end, but really didn’t consistently show off his potential last season. Of course, he wasn’t the only guy we could say that about who played on the offensive side of the ball last season. I believe in second chances, so I’m willing to watch the Bears ride it out and see if they can get a return on their investment.

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.