If a picture is worth a thousand words, the smile on Jerry Angelo’s face says it all. By the way, Jerry must have a tanning bed in the war room, because he is awfully tan for someone who is supposed to be hunkered down planning for the draft.
I am actually thinking about changing the name of the blog to All Things Jay Cutler. In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the Chicago Bears press conference introducing new franchise quarterback Jay Cutler along with a post-conference interview, courtesy of the NFL Network .
First of all, Jay is way ahead of former Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm because a) he actually wore a suit to his press conference unlike Grimm who wore a sweater that you might wear to an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and b) he properly thanked the McCaskey family, unlike Grimm who thanked the “McClaskeys.”
Jay said all the right things and appeared humble and contrite. Hopefully his actions on and off the fields will speak louder than his words. He is starting off here with a clean slate and will have every opportunity to own this town. As Da Coach famously said, “The past is for cowards and losers,” so leave all of the Broncos dirty laundry behind you and get to the business of becoming the Bears quarterback and getting the Bears back to the Super Bowl.
I like what Jay said about earning the trust and respect of his teammates. Get in good with your teammates and coaches and you’ll be set Jay. I suggest taking fellow new Bear Orlando Pace and the rest of the O-line out for a nice get-to-know-you dinner. Take care of those guys and they’ll take care of you.
In case you were wondering what guys on the other side of the ball think about the big offensive acquisition, “former” face of the franchise Brian Urlacher had this to say about the Jay Cutler trade, from his interview on ESPN 1000:
“Making this deal, plus we got Orlando Pace, our offense is looking really good,” Urlacher said Friday on WMVP-AM (1000). ”We have some big names on offense, which we haven’t had since I’ve been here. We have a franchise quarterback, which we obviously haven’t had. We’re going in the right direction.
”He’s still young . I’m sure he has a lot to learn, but from what I’ve seen he has all the skills you want in a quarterback. He can throw the ball on the run, he can throw it from the pocket. He’s got a cannon. And he can play well in cold weather, having played in Denver, so that will be important playing in Chicago.”
”He’s got nothing to explain to me,” Urlacher said. ”They tried to trade him, and he got a little peed off about it.
”As a player, if a team talks about trading you, you would be a little mad, and he got really mad. I don’t blame him one bit. … I’m on his side, and most of the time players are on each other’s side when these matters go down. He’s got nothing to explain to us.”
In fact, Urlacher likes Cutler’s attitude.
”He’ll do a great job,” Urlacher said. ”He’s got a swagger about him which, personally, I love a quarterback who has a swagger. He’s cocky, but not too cocky. I like that. I think you have to have that as your quarterback, somebody who’s confident and will get the job done.”
All is well in Chicago, until he throws his first interception, that is. Nah!