The Bears started their OTA’s on Wednesday and the Jay Cutler media circus has officially begun!!! Organized Training Activities are voluntary, but really, are pretty much mandatory. It was the first practice for the first franchise quarterback in nearly two decades (or ever, depending on who you ask).
Expectations for Cutler and the Bears offense are sky high. Wide Receiver Rashied Davis summed up the expectations for new addition Cutler thusly:
”He’s expected to [crap] gold, excuse my language,” Davis said.
Well said, ‘Shied. He was among many of the Bears receivers that had a tough time hanging on to Cutler’s laser beams. Rashied went on to compare Cutler to former Bear quarterbacks Orton and Grossman
‘I am excited more by his athletic ability than his strong arm,” Davis said. ”He can move around. I’m not saying anything against K.O. [Kyle Orton] and Rex [Grossman] because I love K.O. and Rex, but he can move around a lot better. He can throw the ball on the move a lot better. That’s just one of the things he can do a lot better.”
There’s nothing like saying, “No offense, but…” By saying that, you’re saying, “I’m about to offend you, just don’t get mad.” I’m not saying it’s not true, but no need to spell it out. You weren’t exactly Larry Fitzgerald out there last year, now were you, Rashied?
Here’s what Jay said of the expectations:
“Anytime a team wants to make a trade like that and give up what they gave up, it’s going to be a lot of pressure, a lot of high expectations, and I welcome it,” Cutler said after his first public workout with the Bears. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a good challenge. You’ve got a lot of time to work with the guys and get ready for Game 1.”
We’ll see how welcoming of the pressure Jay is when he throws a costly INT and gets grilled in a post-game interview. Nah, that won’t happen.
Offensive coordinator Ron Turner was in awe of his new toy.
”His arm strength, I’ve never been around anything like that before,” offensive coordinator Ron Turner marveled.
Then he did his best job to lower expectations of his offense.
”We all know here that just because Jay Cutler walks on the field, we are not a great offense,” Turner said. ”It takes everybody. Everyone has to be involved in it. He can elevate the game of the people around him, but he can’t do it by himself.
”We have potentially three new offensive linemen starting. We have just two receivers that have ever caught an NFL pass. Two. That is it, Devin and Rashied. And we have a new quarterback.”
Hey Ron, this is not the time for excuses. You want experienced receivers, have Jerry Angelo go get some. You got the big-armed, mobile Pro Bowl caliber quarterback, now figure out how to use him.