In case my literary reference to Cody Hanson is too obscure for a few of you, Cody Hanson is the antagonist in Go Long – a “based on actual events” masterpiece by Tiki and Ronde Barber (with Paul Mantell) about their junior high football team. I’m reading it to my first-grader now, and he’s riveted. Cody is the conceited, whiney, disruptive quarterback who is like a cancer on the Barber kids’ team. Every incomplete pass is the receiver’s fault. Every sack is because the line can’t protect. Every loss is due to the terrible team around him rather than his own faults. How insightful the Barber twins were. The spirit of Cody Hanson is alive and well in the body of Jay Cutler.
If you’re a Packer fan, Jay Cutler is just so glorious at multiple levels:
- He’s awful. He has the ability to single-handedly lose games for the Bears with senseless interceptions, like the two he had against the Packers.
- He’ll be there for a long time. The Bears picked up the remaining 3 years on Cutler’s contract with the Broncos, and then just signed him to a two-year extension this October for $30 million. When all is said and done, they will be in to the dude for over $48 million over five seasons. His suckiness will be the gift that keeps on giving to Packer fans.
- The Bears gave up so much to get him. Not only did they trade a perfectly capable (albeit unflashy, Trent Dilfer-eseque) quarterback in Kyle Orton, but they also gave up first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, as well as a third-round pick in 2009. To put that in perspective, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji were first round picks last year, and Jermichael Finley was a third-round pick in 2008. That’s a lot to pay – even for a QB who is good. Which Cutler isn’t.
They should just dress Cutler in a Bears uniform with a Green Bay Packer helmet, like at the Pro Bowl. That’s how much he’ll mean to our franchise in the coming years. Mark my words, as long as he’s on their team, they will be mired in mediocrity.
So with that Jay Cutler rant now behind me, I can get on to my three observations from last week’s game.