Jay Cutler…the analyst?

Jay Cutler, (not) known as Mr. Media, has left one Fox for another, accepting a role as an analyst for FOX Sports, effectively putting an end to his 11-year NFL career.

Will he ever lace up his cleats again?

Cutler said the decision was permanent.

“I don’t really see anything else happening,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show on Friday. “I’m happy with where I am in my life and in the future going forward. So we can go ahead and stamp that — it’s permanent.” – Jay Cutler

Jay will join Tony Romo in the small group of quarterbacks to go from being under center to a broadcasting booth. Neither man has experience with a headset on the professional level.

Cutler’s name was thrown around between multiple teams to take control of the offense as a starting QB during the off-season, according to NFL reports. Not known as an injury-prone quarterback, the last 5 games of his career were not very memorable. He was held out because of thumb and shoulder problems.

It would not be surprising to see an NFL team tempt him out of retirement, though.

After all, there is money to be spent and there’s no contract too large this day and age.

In my opinion, the people upstairs were getting tired of the mediocrity of the Chicago Bears as a whole during their stretch of 2011-to-current of missing out on playoff action, something upper management never wants to see.

With 9 wins in 2 seasons and 14 in 3 seasons, it was time to make a change.

Jay has never really endeared himself to Bears fans, many of whom have been calling for his removal from under center (and in other cases, the team) for the majority of his career. A man who has looked downright miserable at times will be providing “color” commentary to the subjects of FOX Sports, and I for one am looking forward to how Cutler will burst onto the broadcasting scene. After all, I wouldn’t want to go back to the situation known as “The Bears” and can see him doing everything he can to hold on to this golden opportunity of a job I someday wish to have. Good luck.

Click here to read my previous post about The Bears selecting Mitchell Trubisky at #2

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The Chicago Bears shock the world and take Mitch Trubisky at #2 overall

It’s no secret that Mitch (or Mitchell) Trubisky has only 13 career starts under center in the NCAA for North Carolina, but he was able to accomplish a lot in those opportunities.

Let’s break the Bears #2 overall draft pick down:

THE GOOD

  • Money Mitch had thrown 3,748 passing yards with 30 TD’s and 6 INT’s
  • He has the physical assets at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds and a 68% completion rate
  • Mobility is a word we can use here with 439 rushing yards in 2017
  • He has the decision making abilities of a good quarterback

THE BAD

  • The Bears just spent $18.5 million guaranteed on former backup Mike Glennon
  • His deep ball accuracy is inconstant at best
  • Mitch is easily fooled by complex coverages

From the 49er’s view, this was a dream trade. They were always going to pick Soloman Thomas and they still managed to get him while picking up 3 extra draft picks in the process. I don’t think Ryan Pace realizes his job is on the line here.

The Bears have been desperate to find a franchise quarterback, and it shows.

Jay Cutler broke 7 team passing records in his 7 year tenure, and Jim McMahon was the only quarterback to take the Bears to the Super Bowl (and win) back in 1986.

Everything in between has been a disappointment.

The pressure to succeed will mount on Trubisky’s shoulders with any mistake he makes, when he makes them. He will be under a microscope as soon as he steps onto the field.

Ryan Pace, John Fox and his supporting cast will be depending on him to lead the team through the pit of fire into a territory the Bears haven’t seen in awhile — a record over .500. Many jobs will be on the line this year, and if Glennon can’t get it done, the Bears will turn to Trubisky to turn things around. (Ryan) Pace and (John) Fox should hope he succeeds when he gets the chance, or else.

– Justin Wadsworth

 

Rajon Rondo is right where he wants to be.

Okay, maybe not where he wants to be, but his agent is loving it.

“The Bulls need Rondo to beat the Celtics! Jimmy can’t do everything! Their guards suck!”

You’re right, Bulls fans/general public. By god, you’re right.

The Bulls brought in more guards than King Henry this year, and they all have one thing in common – they suck.

Rajon’s 10 assists-per-game are unparalleled to the likes of Dwayne Wade, Isaiah Canaan contributing only 3 assists-per-game. The playoffs are where it matters though, right? If you can’t move the ball to your teammates, you can’t win. To me, getting assists at the guard position is almost as important as getting rebounds to secure one-and-done possessions.

What about the regular season?

Okay, you’re gaining some ground back here.

Rondo’s 6.7 assists-per-game is trailed “closely” by only Dwayne Wade averaging a little under 4. They both leave the rest of the roster in the dust with 2 assists-per-game or less by everyone else. I get more assists shooting paper balls at a trash can than the backups on the Bulls roster. At least I have something I can proud of.

Now that the numbers are out of the way…Rondo’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for hopeful Bulls fans, but it could be the best time for Rondo and his pocketbook.

If I were Rondo’s agent, I would explain that we are in the perfect scenario.

Follow me:

  • If the Bulls are eliminated in the first round: he’s their MVP and is a desirable vetern presence with fuel left in the tank for prospective buyers
  • If the Bulls advance: he has another shot at being their best player in the playoffs and inflating his stock for a bigger payday for us both

Despite his age, his stock market value won’t be any higher this season unless he helps them get to the next round(s) with his contributions on the court.

The people up top are going in a different direction as far as experimenting. It [stinks] when you have the opportunity to make the playoffs and they want to go a different route.” – Rajon Rondo

I agree. For a man that had seemingly “given up” on his stint with the Mavericks, it’s good to hear that the 31-year old point-guard still has some fight in him. I can imagine the change of scenery had something to do with it.

Despite the enabled cruise control on the GarPax Tour Bus, Rondo still wants to ball out for the time being. He doesn’t strike me as a player that wants to quietly sit on the bench and cash his checks, and for that, I applaud him.

Whether he comes back for the next round (if they make it) or sits on the bench and lets the dumpster fire rage on in hopes of a bigger pay day here or somewhere else, I can’t blame him.