5. Phil Emery
April 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; General manager Phil Emery during a Chicago Bears press conference announcing their first-round selection of guard Kyle Long from Oregon University at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
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Emery can’t trade Cutler because trading Cutler would be admitting that he made a HUGE mistake in signing him to a HUGE contract extension. If Emery gets rid of Cutler, he might as well get rid of Trestman, but that would be admitting that he made a mistake in hiring him. Emery has to be looking over his shoulder to see if Ted Phillips or George McCaskey is coming for him. Emery needs to cover his ass and in a twisted way, keeping Cutler and trying to fix him is the best shot at keeping his job.
Besides the self-preservation mode and despite his recent track record, Phil Emery is a smart guy. He knows that he can’t trade Cutler now because the trade value for Cutler is at an all time low. What can you get for a Jay Cutler? A tackling dummy and a couple of bags of sunflower seeds? Seriously, do you think you can get better than a mid-round pick for Cutler?