Re: Will Cutler actually guide his team to.500 or better?
posted at 6/2/2009 2:38 PM EDT
His appearance at Chicago will possibly be a wash. The Chicago D has got be better than Denver's (no stats to back that up). How good is Phillip Rivers without the Chargers D ? Or Brady without the pats D ? Yeah, with Cutler at Vandy and Denver that is mysteriously never discuused as a factor. Last time i checked defense won more games than offense. Hello, Steelers and Ravens. Vandy I am sure tore up the SEC with their awesome D. I mean matt Stafford at Vandy has them winners right ? And Phil Rivers D at NC St only had Mario Williams and John McCargo et al. It was just ole Phil winning games there. I think some just do not like Cutler..for example Chargers fans. JBolt we get it..you are a Chargers fans who apparantly hates him. You won't be seeing him much more. What Cutler will not have in Denver is the Brocncos offensive coaching staff (Shanahan, Dennison, Bates). The coaching staff in Chicago is not as talented and he might actually regress as the play calling and schemes might be worse. Ron Turner has never impressed me. 8-8
Posted by rocher
I'll tell you - FWIW, in my guesstimation, Cutler took one look at the new offense McDaniels wants to install, and figured his best option was playing somewhere else. I think the guy would have been in over his head with that new offense.
When Cutler replaced Jake the Snake at QB in Denver, I remember reading a lot about how Shanahan had to "dumb down" the playbook for Cutler. (Well, actually, the "dumbing down" was for Plummer, which seemed a bit odd, given his term of experience and the fact that he'd had a fair measure of succcess with the offense in the past. But this happened just before Cutler replaced Plummer at QB, and I do not recall seeing where the old playbook was revived for Cutler.
Could be wrong about that, tho....)
The point here is, regardless of whether Cutler could or could not handle what Shanahan and his musical chair offensive coordinators devised, McDaniels' Holy Writ could have been deemed a problem, and if McDaniels found himself with a QB who could not do what he thought was necessary for the team to function, let alone win, he was going to dump him, come hell or high water.
In that context, making inquiries, however real or brief, about Cassel becomes understandable, even believable.
Nevertheless, I do stand by my earlier observation about the guy's decision-making capabilities, or lack thereof.
Jeff George had a cannon for an arm. Ryan Leaf's was more than adequate, too. At the time they were selected, there were beyond all doubt viewed by their respective teams as "franchise QBs". We all know how those selections turned out.
I'm not yet putting Cutler in their class, but please - I'd really, really like to see something of substance out of the guy before he's anointed the "Next Great Thing".
An ancillary (and important) point in all this is, despite all his incredible talent (I'm tempted to put that phrase in quotation marks), it was not enough to lift the Vanderbilt program out of the obscurity in which it has wallowed since cave days, and it was not enough to lift the program in Denver, despite a fawning coach who made him the center of the universe, and more - much more - talent than the lad had ever worked with.
I understand it's very early in the guy's career, but to date he's done nothing, and the simple fact of the matter is, there is not a soul in the universe who can argue otherwise.