If the Bears make a similar run to the Ravens next season and they win the Super Bowl. Cutler is going to cash in just like Flacco.If that's the case I will take it and so will Emery and the Bears. We'll take a Super Bowl win with Jay and sacrifice the salary cap for a couple years. Well at least I would, maybe I'm just speaking for myself.
I also think Emery rides it out. He and Trestman have no allegiance to Cutler and if Cutler turns in a mediocre campaign, there may be no incentive to even franchise him the next year. Make Jay prove himself and earn that contract.
I also think Emery rides it out. He and Trestman have no allegiance to Cutler and if Cutler turns in a mediocre campaign, there may be no incentive to even franchise him the next year.It seems that Emery or Trestman haven't commited themselves to Cutler in their press conferences, and perhaps are willing to roll the dice this season without committing to him with a long term contract, but I guess we'll see. I do wonder what was said about Cutler in their interviews, I would think there would have to be some sort of commitment there at least one would think. I'm tired of making excuses for Cutler be it the offensive line or the coordinators he's going to have to crap or get off the pot. I'm tired of this offensive constipation.
I'm tired of making excuses for Cutler be it the offensive line or the coordinators he's going to have to crap or get off the pot. I'm tired of this offensive constipation.I am with you 100% on this Tuna. While those are legitimate reasons for his failures, it is time to put up or shut up. The firing of Lovie Smith had a lot to do with him not being given a chance to succeed from a coaching standpoint. The positive is this. The best seasons he has put together were with Shanahan and Martz. I think Trestman is as good as offensive mind, if not better, as the two of them and will be a lot better at developing him and building an offense on his strengths than Martz ever could. Trestman is cut from the same offensive mold as Shanahan, who obviously got more out of Cutler than anyone else.
But will his contract have an impact on what the Bears do with Cutler? I don't think soA few of you have said this but I am looking at it this way. In the offseason last year, Flacco was offered around $15 million a year as an extension. He has some big balls turning that down but he did and rolled the dice hoping to get a better deal. It paid off. Now, if the Ravens don't make the playoffs or make this run, it would be ridiculous for him to ask for $20 million a year based on his regular season performances and his past stats. Prior to this Super Bowl run, would any of you say that Flacco was that much better of a QB than Cutler? Yes he has had more playoff success but that was more a product of being on better teams than it was based on his play. Did anyone think prior to these playoffs that Flacco could carry a team at any point? I sure as hell didn't. I still don't think he is anything more than above average, just got really hot at the right time and had some breaks fall his way. (Rahim Moore not knowing how to take a proper angle to knock down a pass).
- Winning a Super Bowl, and then having your QB cripple the franchise so that you likely won't win any more?This is not what the Bears are facing right now but very well could be. I look at the Bears as being very similar to the Ravens. Built on defense and trying to transition to offense. The biggest difference between us and them is the offensive line. If we had that line this past season, we would have been a completely different team. In my opinion, it is always better to lock a guy in early. Waiting to see what happens backs you into a corner. Right now Emery has the upper hand and will until after this season. He can franchise him next season but you really don't want to do that to a starting QB, it can really cause some animosity and team division. Look at the whole Drew Brees thing, that almost blew up in the Saints face and could have contributed to their crappy season. There is no pressure right now to get it done but I just don't think you can sit back and wait on this. We have no viable options to replace him and even if they draft one this year, they are going to be a project who is going to need a few years to develop. QB is always one of the highest salaries and this will also give Emery a number he will be able to work with in regards to the cap going forward.
- Slightly overpaying for an existing QB but locking him in so that if you do win a Super Bowl, it doesn't cripple the franchise and you might win multiple (or at least make multiple trips)?