In case you missed it, ESPN’s NFL Live Trade Analysis

I’ve debated on whether or not I should put together this blog. Thought about it because I’ve seen the uproar here and there about the comments made by Mark Schlereth. I hadn’t heard his quotes verbatim until now, I didn’t dive into the negative aspect of this trade. But obviously I have to cover both sides of the discussion here and the guys on NFL Network were pretty positive in their assessments.

So the question immediately falls to Schlereth about whether the Bears gave up to much. Schlereth comes with the immediate and emphatic “ABSOLUTELY they gave up to much for Jay Cutler. Now Jay Cutler is a incredibly talented quarterback, don’t get me wrong, incredibly talented. But this league you have to win up front on both lines of scrimmage and you have to be a balanced team. All the talent in the world at quarterback doesn’t do you much good if you’re laying on your back. They’ve addressed some of those issues with aging veterans and guys that are average players but ultimately yes offensive line has to be addressed, that’s a weakness, wide receiver is a weakness. There’s no question this defense is not the same defense it was in 2006 and don’t think that it is. So did you give up a lot? Yeah, did you give up to much I believe so because you have holes that you have to plug. So guess what here’s all our draft picks, we can’t plug them anymore. THAT’S THE PROBLEM.” verbatim was Mark Schlereth analyzed about the Cutler trade.

Schelreth was very measured, precise with his words, but I would characterize his words as a knee jerk reaction to the question without really doing any preparation before going on the air. Schlereth essentially sounded he was being animated with his words to sound like he was speaking from a position of authority without really doing the homework beforehand. The fact of the matter the Bears have addressed a lot of their offensive line concerns from a year ago. Orlando Pace sure he’s an aging veteran, but even an aging hall of fame veteran is going to be better than a 32-year-old career backup, especially with Pace at 33-years of age. So that’s an upgrade at LT, moving Chris Williams to RT to compete with Kevin Shaffer is another move that benefits the Bears on the offensive line.

Add to the point quality offensive lineman don’t have to be drafted in rounds one every year. Players like Kraig Urbik and Robert Brewster would be solid players the Bears could land at the end of the third round. What Schlereth fails to recognize is the amount of depth and talent at the OT position this year and that if OL is such a huge need for the Bears they could still address it via the draft. Finally the chances that a draft pick will pan out is less than the chance that a quality veteran will come in compete and make the roster and make the team better.

Sure Schlereth can be the bad guy and take the opposite view of a lot of other analysts across the league. But to do so without doing some research or putting some thought and pre production prep work in 18 hours after the Jay Cutler trade was finalized is inexcusable.

Trent Dilfer is the next analyst to step up to the plate and make his opinion known. He comes out with this “Talent wise Jay Cutler can fit into any system in the league, talent wise there isn’t anything he can’t do . So you can call any plays any kind of offense and he can make it work but the problem is the Chicago Bears are in a developmental stage on offense. They’re developing young receivers, they’re trying to train Devin Hester, they’re training a Greg Olsen to be a big time tight end, they’re developing an offensive line. They don’t have a true identity. Now you bring in Jay Cutler and these huge expectations, and the immense pressure that will be on him to perform not only wins and losses but statistically. So you have the growing pains of developing the huge expectations that becomes a huge problem.”

So the consensus from ESPN (per the usual) is the Bears suck and Jay Cutler will suck now too because he went to the Chicago Bears. This is why I’m far more inclined to watch the NFL Network for it’s NFL coverage than ESPN.

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2 Responses to “In case you missed it, ESPN’s NFL Live Trade Analysis”

  1. Matt Says:

    Sorry, but your view of this trade is that of someone with their head up their ass. Not only are you ridiculously optimistic that Cutler is going to play like he did in Denver but, in looking at your more current blogs, you also think that Devin Hester can be called a number one receiver. Sorry, but Hester has a long way to go before he can be claimed as a one, if he ever will amount to what his “potential” is. The Bears definitely did give up way too much because, while yes, Pace is a far better option than St. Claire but that doesn’t mean that he’s the final answer…look at Fred Miller, Reuben Brown, and John Tait. Aging veterans can fill in but there needs to be a young player to replace them, something which the Bears do not have. The Bears didn’t even need to use the first round pick, they could’ve traded down like they did in 2006 when they picked up Hester and Manning. In making this trade, they have effectively blown the first half of this year’s and at least the first round of next year’s draft for a marquis QB to throw two yard slants and hand the ball off. Congrats, Jerry Angelo, congrats. You’ve just solved Chicago’s QB situation by avoiding the real problem: Ron Turner’s crap play calling.

    • monstersofthemidwayillustrated Says:

      I love people who come on here and insult someone for their work and then don’t base any of their own opinion on any level of fact. They just shoot from the mouth because they have some sort of agenda rather than something thoughtful to add.

      Let’s start with your first premise that Jay Cutler will play like he did in Denver, at no time have I insinuated that Cutler would put up 4,526 passing yards and 25 touchdowns as the Bears’ QB. Nor will he be asked to put up those types of numbers in the Bears’ run first offense. Just like Eli Manning didn’t put up 3,000 yards passing last year, the Bears would be happy with someone who is efficient on third down, and can throw the ball down the field in play action situations. That’s how easy it will be on Cutler to be a QB in the Windy City and probably the level of expectations he’ll need to achieve. 3,000 yards at a minimum, 24 TDs at a minimum and 12 INTs at a maximum. Since he won’t be playing from behind in most of the game he’s in, he won’t have to fling the ball all over the field in a desperate attempt to come back and win the game.

      Your second premise that Devin Hester will never become a number one receiver. This is the best part of your post that I thoroughly enjoy, is that you make an assumption that I am assuming that Hester will be a number one. I have made no such assumptions regarding Hester’s development. But let’s for a moment call last year Devin Hester’s rookie year as a wide receiver. Now let’s look at Hester’s production for his rookie year 51 catches for 665 yards and yes his biggest problem was only three touchdowns. Rookie receivers who put up that level of production in their first year in the league are few and far between. Only the real elite level players put up better production than that. Why would I consider this Hester’s rookie year? Consider that he didn’t play wide receiver much for Miami, he was a CB as a first year rookie, and he only marginally received any playing time in his second year (first year as a receiver). For the sake of argument although you’re free to disagree and I’m sure you will based on your comments, Hester has been developing like a college prospect and then a first year pro, based on how little experience he has as a receiver.

      Now the premise that the Bears gave up way too much for Jay Cutler. Another comment with no substance behind it and it will be so easy for me to say why and how. The success rate of third round draft picks in the NFL is less than 20%, so the odds that the Broncos will land a player who has an impact for their team is in my favor.

      The success rate for first round draft picks is less than 50%. So when you consider what the Bears likely gave up for Jay Cutler who will almost certainly be the starting QB for the next 10 years. The Bears gave up one and a half players because the third round pick will almost certainly wash out, one of the first rounders will be a success, the other will wash out and Kyle Orton well the odds are strong he’ll wash out too.

      So yeah the Bears gave up a lot for a proven Pro Bowl QB about to enter his prime, based on the success rate of draft picks in the league. I’ll play those odds in Vegas any day and if you’d like to play your odds, let me know.

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