Jay Cutler’s Fantasy Value in the Chicago Bears Offense
Last year Jay Cutler went from a budding young prospect to a young star. The pro bowl quarterback also proved to be the best young gun slinger in fantasy football. Yes the future looked bright for fantasy owners, Jay and the Broncos offense going forward for years to come. That all started to change when Broncos owner Pat Bowlen fired head coach Mike Shanahan. Truly a controversial move and one I do believe could haunt the Broncos dearly for a very long time to come. Shanahan was the longest tenured head coach in the NFL and his no doubt Hall of Fame coaching career in Denver could only be missed. Still Bowlen was ready for change upon making this decision.
The hiring former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was supposed to be the beginning of a new era that brought fresh change to the Broncos. But instead McDaniels and management alienated the franchise in Jay Cutler by entertaining trade offers from the Patriots for trying to get quarterback Matt Cassel. Cutler was very upset with the news about possibly being traded. At first the Broncos owner tried to reassure Jay that the trade offer was only rumors and wasn’t taken seriously. But then came the final straw when Bowlen fired Bronco quarterback’s coach Jeremy Bates (then signed by Pete Carroll and USC as assistant head coach). Cutler truly valued Jeremy’s guidance and insight not to also add Jay’s growth as a quarterback. Soon after Jay would make his first demand for a trade to Broncos brass. When Cutler sold his house in Colorado he sent a clear message to the Broncos he wanted resolution with these problems and soon. Bad blood only grew thicker when the Broncos owner and head staff had a meeting with Cutler and his agent. Cutler wanted the trust from Denver management that he was going no wear. But those hopes were meet with the owner letting Jay know any player could be traded and at anytime. Upon the ending of this meeting Cutler for a second and final time demanded he be traded.
Jay Cutler Goes to the Chicago Bears in Trade
In early April the Chicago Bears stepped up to the plate and traded two first round picks (2008 and 2009) and quarterback Kyle Orton for the strong armed man from Denver. Truly a great move on the Bears part. Hell the Bears have been looking for a QB since 1950 when they had Hall of Fame great Sid Luckman running the T-formation offense! Yes this was the kind of move that can only help the Bears passing game if not take “Da Bears” to another level. There is only one problem and that is the Bears have ZERO wide receivers on their team. Ok they do have wide receivers but honestly can you name (Devin Hester doesn‘t count people) any of them? I sure can’t without using Google. Cutler will have a good line and that line only got more help after acquiring left tackle Orlando Pace. He will also have Tight Ends Desmond Clark and budding star Greg Olson. Not to also add Jay will have one of the best young running backs in football with Matt Forte.
Denver Broncos Outlook Moving Forward
As far as the Broncos go Josh McDaniel’s has a very long road to hoe now. Broncos fans and media are already disappointed about Shannahan getting fired. Josh was already going to have a tuff time with having to replace a coaching legand in Denver now he’s going to be blamed for losing franchise QB Jay Cutler. I think McDaniel’s is a capable coach but right now he had best have a winning season. If not the fans and press may force Bowlen’s hand to fire Josh in a year or two. This I believe is unfortunate as it is Pat Bowlen in my opinion alone that is responsible for all of this. But as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said not long ago, “When things go wrong the owner doesn’t get fired.”
Ranking Jay Cutler’s Fantasy Football Value in 2009
While the Bears trading for Jay was a great move for the franchise and the city of Chicago. The same words cannot be said for Cutler’s fantasy value this year. What probably hurts his value the most is the Bears wide receiver situation is very poor. That being said I would draft Jay as a low end starter or high end backup. With two solid tight ends and a star running back (good pass catcher as well) in Matt Forte, Cutler does have weapons. As for the WR’s situation quarterbacks with guns for arms tend to make nobody’s house hold names. Like John Elway did with Ed McCaffery and Rod Smith. Or Brett Favre with Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman. Point is Cutler’s value is low so jump on it, he has the tools to truly under promise and over deliver for your team this season.
Written By: Sean Douglas- fantasy-info.com
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