It’s time for the Houston Texans to sign Jay Cutler.
Tony Romo made quite a splash this morning when reports surfaced that he has decided to end his football playing career and pursue a career in broadcasting. That story originally surfaced last week that CBS was going to go hard after Romo and were trying to lure him into a broadcasting career.
More from Bear Goggles On
- Franchise tag and transition tag windows open for Chicago Bears and NFL
- How the Chicago Bears can control the running back market in 2023
- The Chicago Bears can own the city of Chicago moving forward
- Chicago Bears NFL Combine Preview: Quarterback
- 7 best free agent tackle options for Chicago Bears
Whatever comes of Tony Romo this season, it won’t be as quarterback of the Houston Texans. That had been a basic assumption for weeks is that he would find his way over to Houston once the Dallas Cowboys finally released him. With Romo out of the picture, the Texans need to make a decision about their quarterback position for 2017.
The Texans have currently two QBs on their roster, Tom Savage, the Texans fourth-round pick in 2014. Head Coach Bill O’Brien has always spoken fondly of Savage and he may be willing to roll the dice with Savage as his QB in 2017. Brandon Weeden is currently listed as the Texans QB2, so I misspoke, the Texans only have one quarterback on their roster.
Houston is in a win-now situation. They have a viable defense, a good head coach, weapons on offense in DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller, and an up and coming receiver in Will Fuller. They are ready to contend for a title, but the problem is that they don’t have a quarterback.
Jay Cutler has been making news lately for other reasons, and his camp has floated out there that Cutler may retire unless he has a tremendous offer and an optimum situation.
There isn’t going to be a better situation than Houston. Houston needs Jay Cutler and Jay Cutler needs Houston. Cutler has always shown flashes of putting his talent together but has never really managed to do it. He’s had some very good seasons like he did in 2013 under Mark Trestman and in 2015 under Adam Gase, but O’Brien is supposedly a QB Jedi is he not? Sure, Brock Osweiler didn’t work out, but, hey, even Obe-Wan Kenobi lost Anakin Skywalker to Darkside.
Cutler would have an opportunity to show every critic that the problem with the Bears was the situation in Chicago, and not him. Critics would look at it and say he has no more excuses, it’s time for Cutler to put up or shut up. Cutler would finally have an opportunity to thrive and prove those critics wrong. If it doesn’t work for him, he can call it quits and be Kristin Cavalarri’s arm candy. But if you’re Cutler, don’t you want one chance to prove you are the quarterback everyone thinks you can be?
If you’re the Texans, can you afford to not have Cutler on your roster? If you’re O’Brien, you know Cutler is a capable quarterback, you know he fits your system, and you know if anyone can elevate Cutler the rest of the way, it’s you. If Tom Savage doesn’t have it and Houston has no other viable QB on the roster, the Texans will waste the 2017 season, and with the roster the way it’s currently set, that’s something they can’t afford to do. There aren’t any other options. Some might say Colin Kaepernick is an option, but he’s not a fit for multiple reasons. First, Kaepernick’s style isn’t really a fit for O’Brien, and two, unfair or not, Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest is something that probably wouldn’t fly in a politically conservative state like Texas.
Cutler to the Texans just makes sense. It makes sense for both sides. It’s something that needs to happen. Jay Cutler is back from vacation, he’s presumably wearing pants, it’s time for Bill O’Brien to pick up the phone.