Jay Cutler introduced with Bears (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)LAKE FOREST – Now that the dust has started to settle… OK, let’s be honest, the whirlwind of excitement surrounding the Jay Cutler trade will most likely continue through OTAs and for at least the first half of the 2009 season.

But ESPN analysts, most notably former Denver Bronco Mark Schlereth, have already began ripping the Bears apart for supposedly giving up too much to get the Pro Bowl quarterback.

Is it possible for them to make up their mind? All week, the common theme was that teams in the bidding for Cutler should be willing to give up quite a bit in return for a young, franchise-type quarterback. The most over-used line might have been “guys like this don’t come around too often.”

And for all of the criticism Chicago has taken for not making moves to solidify the quarterback position, general manager Jerry Angelo – listed in the Hollywood phone book as Eugene Levy – finally made perhaps the boldest move he has made since being hired by the Bears, and Schlereth is still not happy.

Schereth’s most recent comments make him sound about as whiny as Cutler has been portrayed during the whole drama.

“…they lost both of their starting tackles, and you look at their wide receiver position. Not only do they not have a No. 1, they don’t have a No. 2. They have a bunch of No. 3 receivers playing on that team,” Schlereth said on Thursday evening’s ESPN Sportscenter. “Now they gave up all the opportunities to go out in the draft and find those guys to plug those holes. So I don’t think the Chicago Bears’ team is any better now. As a matter of fact, I think they got worse.”

This guy is obviously a bit emotionally disturbed and not a fan of Cutler. The Bears did, in fact, lose both of their starting tackles. What he never mentioned in his rant was the fact that Angelo also signed Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace to not only help bolster the offensive line, but help groom younger linemen for the future.

Pace is old. That’s a fact. But lining him up on the right side of the line and moving the Bears 2008 draft pick Chris Williams to the left side, how much more can a GM possibly be asked to do in a matter of a couple of days?

Looking for love in all the wrong places
Much was made of the way Cutler handled the situation in Denver, and Midwestern Banter was definitely at the top of that list.

But a source close to MB presented the idea that he felt disrespected and that was his reasoning. It is a business, and perhaps he should make strides to thicken his skin. That will definitely need to happen playing in a much larger market like Chicago.

But maybe what it comes down to is loyalty. That is one thing Cutler should definitely find in Chicago. Angelo is often criticized for showing too much love to his players and maybe sticking with them too much. If that’s what Cutler wants, that’s likely what he will get from the Bears organization.

Virtually none of the guys who appreciated Cutler in the Broncos organization from some of the player to the head coach and beyond were quickly run out of Denver. And even before the new staff had a chance to meet with Cutler in that setting, it was decided he wasn’t good enough to move forward with.

Maybe this is why so many football fans dislike the Patriots and the organization. They obviously know how to attract talent and win. For Denver fans, maybe this is a good sign of things to come in terms of getting the team back on the winning track. On the other hand, it might also be advisable to hope the negative press that made New England so infamous hasn’t followed Josh Daniels to Denver.

For as much criticism as Angelo has taken for not making any significant moves to improve his team, he must be commended for shaking up the football world and, surprisingly, making arguably the biggest move of the offseason.

Now who was that guy that was traded to Kansas City? Oh yeah. Thanks Matt Cassel, for having a good 2008 season and helping the Bears get a franchise quarterback.


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