According to a report from Jason Cole of the National Football Post, the Chicago Bears are prepared to end the Jay Cutler era, and let him test the free agency waters if he doesn't take a club-friendly deal.
A source told Cole that the organization believes in head coach Marc Trestman and his offensive system.
"Between the system and the two big receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, you have a system where any quarterback can flourish. I don't know if McCown is going to be the starter, but I think the team would be fine letting Cutler test the market and then go draft someone if he decides to leave."
This is exactly what I have been preaching to everyone after the Dallas game. The Chicago Bears do not need Jay Cutler to succeed. The system Trestman has in place, and the dual threat of Marshall and Jeffery, makes it easy for any type of quarterback to be productive.
Cutler may be the better athlete with the stronger arm, but McCown has certainly played smarter, has a higher QB rating, and has only thrown one interception.
I see nothing wrong with saving the money instead of paying Cutler an "elite QB" contract when he isn't one. Use that money to bulk up this weak defense, and bolster the defense even more through the 2014 NFL draft.
McCown is 34 years old, so he is certainly not the long-term solution. Bears should draft a young quarterback, such as Eastern Illinois Jimmy Garoppolo, and ease him in, letting McCown start the 2014 season depending on how fast Garoppolo can grasp the system.
I know some will disagree, but Jay Cutler is no longer the long-term answer. He's had over a half a decade to succeed, and we have seen very little progress since joining the Bears. It's time for the Cutler era to end in Chicago.
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