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Jay Cutler traded to the Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler introduced in Chicago

There’s a new quarterback in Chicago.  Big deal.  The Bears seem to have a new failure under center every other week.  The Bears have never had a legitimate passing game.  Since Jim Harbaugh, twenty quarterbacks have been starters in the Windy City.  Names like Rik Mirer, Cade McNown, Craig Krenzel, and Sexy Rexy have become synonymous with mediocrity in Chicago.

While praying that their quarterbacks wouldn’t throw games away, the Bears have always relied on their defense.  While fans in Wisconsin bought Brett Favre jerseys in bulk, Bears fans turned to Brian Urlacher’s #54.  While Matt Forte, Cedric Benson, and the other Adrian Peterson held roster spots solely to take time off the clock, Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Devin Hester, and Brad Maynard were the Bears most significant offensive weapons.  The Bears have never been an offensive team.

Divisional dominance in the NFC North has always been based on a great quarterback.  Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are the only two to start for Green Bay since Favre took over.  During that time period, forty-nine different quarterbacks have started for the Bears, Lions, and Vikings.  Meanwhile the Packers won seven division titles and four wild cards.

Now, things are going to be different.  Jay Cutler is good.  Damn good.  If they find someone other than Desmond Clark or Greg Olsen for him to throw to, there is a good chance that the Bears offense will actually score some points in 2009.  They will send waves throughout the Great Lakes this year.  Aaron Rodgers won’t be the only quarterback worth mentioning in the NFC North anymore.

Assuming that Matt Stafford will also be thrown in the mix, there will now be three big-time starters in the division.   If the key to becoming the NFC North champion is a consistent quarterback, that title will be up in the air this year.  It will come down to much more than offensive production.

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