Monday, April 6, 2009

Did anybody really win?

The soap opera that is Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos finally came to an end last week. The Broncos shipped Cutler and a 2009 5th round draft pick to the Chicago Bears, ending a tumultuous relationship between Cutler and the Broncos new head coach, Josh McDaniels.
In return, the Broncos received Bears quarterback Kyle Orton, a 2009 & 2010 1st round draft pick, and a 2009 3rd round draft pick.
When two parties enter into any sort of business transaction, they both hope to get what they want for a fair price. For example, if I need a new pair of sunglasses, I will put a value on what I am willing to pay for them. I do not want to pay too much for the sunglasses, no matter how badly I need them.
The same is true in sports. If one team has a need for a player at a certain position, they will offer said team something that they may be in need of. Each team hopes to get what they need in return for something that they may not need at this time. Both teams hope to come out as “winners”.
In regards to the Broncos/Bears trade last week, I believe that they both came out winners…and losers.
“How can that be?” you may ask. “How can two teams come together to make a blockbuster deal for a Pro Bowl quarterback and not have a clear cut winner?”
Let’s start with the winning aspects of the deal.
For the Broncos, they were able to get rid of Jay Cutler. Normally that would have been a really bad thing, but given the circumstances surrounding his relationship with head coach Josh McDaniels, he had to go.
They were also able to stockpile draft picks, including the Bears 2009 & 2010 1st rounder and a 2009 3rd round pick. The Bears also shipped their starter last year, Kyle Orton, to the Broncos.
On the Bears side of the deal, they were able to land a franchise quarterback for the next 10 years. Cutler is young, has a cannon for an arm, and will finally put a stop to the revolving door that is Chicago Bears starting quarterbacks. With this deal, the Bears immediately have the best quarterback in their division.
Those are the positives, now here are some negatives.

The Denver Broncos lost their biggest, most marketable star player. Jay Cutler was supposed to be the second coming of John Elway. He was going to be the guy to lead the Broncos back into the Super Bowl. Now he is gone.

With Cutler in the Windy City, the quarterback cupboards are slim picking. Kyle Orton looks to be the starter, while Chris Simms and Darrell Hackney will back him up.

No offense to Orton, but that is a giant step back for Denver.

The Bears gave up way, WAY too much in this deal. Did they need a quarterback? Yes. But they also needed a wide receiver and offensive line help as well. They could have used their first and third round draft picks this year on one of those positions. Now, they do not have a first round pick in the 2009 or 2010 NFL draft.

Unless Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels believes that he can turn Kyle Orton into last years Matt Cassell, Denver will be looking for a quarterback in this year’s draft (or next year).

The Bears must also believe that they can find their stud wide receiver later on in the draft. They will need to because their leading receiver in 2008 only tallied 665 yards. The Broncos leading receiver finished with 1265.

So the question is, was Cutler the reason for the success of the Broncos passing game? Or was it due to the fact that he had really good receivers?

The Bears are hoping for Cutler and Denver is banking on the receivers. Only time will tell.

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