King on Cutler

Peter King writes extensively about the Chicago Bears today.  Don't get used to it because, starting next weekend, you'll notice PK's columns have an awful difficult time not rotating between Brett Favre and the New England Patriots.  The entire piece is worth reading but this is the most interesting passage:

"You have to be pretty happy with what you saw from your offense, and what you saw from Cutler, tonight,'' I said to Ron Turner.

"Sure am,'' he said.

couple of minutes before I talked to Turner from the Chicago locker
room, he had gone over to Cutler (15 of 21, 144 yards, one touchdown,
no interceptions, one 98-yard touchdown drive that sucked all the air
out of the stadium) and told him this, in paraphrase: What I learned
from you tonight is you're not going to force the ball when we've got a
good play called downfield but it's not open and you've got to take the
checkdown. You could have been tempted to say, 'I gotta take more, I
gotta take a shot downfield,' but you weren't. and if you didn't do it
tonight with all the emotion in this stadium, then you're never gonna
do it.

"It's funny,'' said Turner. "But this was actually a
great thing for our team tonight. It was so unlike any preseason-game
atmosphere. You can't manufacture the noise, the pressure, all the
attention on a young quarterback trying to get to know his team. It's a
great learning experience to be backed up all night and then have to
take the ball 98 yards in that environment. You learn something about
him, he learns about his teammates. So we couldn't have asked for a
better situation than tonight, because this will help us get ready for
the real adversity we'll face in big games this year. In our first
preseason game, at Buffalo, we went three-and-out our first times with
the ball, and I think everyone started pressing. Not tonight.''

The one thing about the Bears that's going to be tough on passing downs is the checkdowns to Matt Forte.
If he gets in space, even a little bit of it, Cutler will find him when
he can't throw it intermediate or deep. In this offense, especially if
Cutler stays disciplined and takes what the defense gives him, Forte
might catch 90 balls. He'll be Roger Craig.  


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  • Tough for me to put a lot of stock in Peter "King of the name droppers". He is reviled by Steve Czaban on Fox Radio, who I enjoy, and King is regularly lampooned on deadspin. The fact that he looks like he was separated at birth from Cheers (and SNL "Da Bears" contributor), George Wendt, dows not lend credibility.

    King alway claimed to be tight with "Narcissus" but was pretty much caught with his drawers down when his Brettness showed up in Minneapolis.

  • I know the Deadspin guys and they have less credibility. King's got quotes here that none of our beloved Chicago beat guys got from Ron Turner and stuff I hadn't read/heard before. He's also dead on with the Roger Craig comparison.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I was thinking the same thing with the comparison...all the way down to the high knee running style.

  • OK. I still think Peter King is a Favre butt-kisser who has never made the point that Narcussus NEVER wanted to actually play in Green Bay again last season, but this piece isn't some bogus "insider" stuff. This is chatting up coaches after the game and well worth a read. The Roger Craig reference is heady stuff, but not out of the realm of possibility.

  • Think about this. When is the last time the Bears had two legitimate STARS on offense? They have three, if only becomes what he's about to become.

  • You know, that's more inside-ery than just about anything I've read from the hometown writers in a couple of years.

    Other than being a douche, the biggest knock on Cutler was forcing passes. Maybe he's learned.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    but think about many HOFs/Elite QBs are not douchebags? Peyton is still an asshole, Phillip Rivers (well no comment on that one), Marino was/is a dick, Steve Young is nowhere near Mr. Congeniality, and the list goes on and on. Typically, to be a SB-winning QB, you have to have a chip on your shoulder.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Did you say "Douchebag"?

    Johnny Unitas was known to ream teammates a new one whenever he felt it necessary. And he often felt it necessary.

    How personable could Bobby Layne have been after knocking down a few
    shots at halftime?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    good one. and also, Vince Lombardi (i respect him and all, but Halas had a bigger impact on the game than him and he should be on the Super Bowl trophy, but whatev) was KNOWN to be an asshole. look at how football reveres him

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Regarding deadspin, they are all about skewering everything and everybody. King's prediliction for name-dropping just makes him an easy target. Deadspin is doing their NFL previews. The title for EVERY team they look at is "WHY YOUR TEAM SUCKS". There's some pretty funny stuff in those.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    personally i think one of the funniest things on the internet is's weekly analysis of Peter King's column. I highly recommend checking it out. Its quasi-spectacular.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Wow. Roger Craig. He was the man, I'll take that. Cutler and Forte will be the Jimmy Mac & Walter Payton show this year ...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    All we need now is Tom Rathmann. Because Jason McKie is pathetic. Fullback is the worst position on the field for us. Why send a guy out there who can't block, is slow, and after catching the ball has never broken a single tackle in his entire career. Well, maybe that last bit is a small amount of hyperbole, but seriously, fullbacks are supposed to run people over. Does anyone remember a single play where McKie has run anyone over?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Why he sticks on the roster has been a mystery to me also. He must block better than I think he does.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pro football reveres Lombardi, but so do, apparently do the bult of his former players, many of whom he treated like crap up to and including summarily demoting /cutting them when they asked for a raise!
    Still, the Redskins went from "Crap on a cracker since Sammy Baugh left town" to an 8-6 record in the one season that St. Vincent was there. Then reverted to form when he passed away until George Allen
    got took over.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    funny as HELL!!!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Check out Jackass in the 40 (about halfway through) I think he has some potential both on returns and as a receiver with the speed he possesses.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    dude's speed is ridiculous. i bet he and devin would battle in a race

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    i'm currently watching the Vikings. Who is this Adrian Peterson guy? I think he may be good someday.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    hee hee hee. Chad Greenway can't cover tightends!! Olsen and Clark will have a good day if Owen Daniels looks like Jerry Rice tonight.

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  • Hmmm, two legitamate offensive STARS at once on the Bears? THAT is a damn good question, Jeff. Not in THIS Century, that's for sure.
    Walter flew solo. Gale flew solo.


    1985. McMahon and Walter were both pro-bowlers.

    1956. 3 Pro-bowler skill players on offense: League Rushing leader, Rick Casares, League Passing Leader Ed Brown and receiver Harlon Hill (47 catches, 11 TDs and 24+ yards a catch in the 12-game season era) led the Bears to the Western Conference title.
    That squad was blown out in the title game by the Giants.

    Hell, that's only 53 years ago. And no, I DON'T remember that season.

    Apparently, that's it. That's the list.

  • Welcome back stranger!

  • I'm not saying being a douche is a bad thing.

  • So basically this. Brett Favre has been mediocre, throwing only screens and just injured Eugene Wilson on purpose.

  • Favre just threw a cheap shot crack back block to some corners knee and knocked him out of the game. it's nice to see jared allen rubbing off on him.

  • We got him; the bears just signed Rod Hood. Reaction?

  • In reply to alott96:

    good pickup.

  • In reply to alott96:

    I'm a little concerned why Rod Hood was cut by Cleveland but I would be more concerned if Trumaine was starting at corner.

  • In reply to alott96:

    Rich McGee is gone (waived).

  • Wow. That was unexpectedly brilliant...yet every move this offseason has been unexpectedly brilliant.

  • I wonder where this puts Bowman and Vasher. I would really like to see Bowman on the field.

  • Bears just signed Rod Hood to a one year deal. He might not be Asante Samuel but he sure as hell isn't Trumaine Mcbride.

  • Observations from Invesco last night:
    1) The TV stations played up the boo-ing on the sound mix. It was NOT that loud. Trust me, I was in the middle of the south stands - and it if was going to be loud anywhere, it was going to be loud there.
    2) The Broncos really should put a jockstrap on that statue over the south scoreboard.
    3) The cry-baby Cutler stuff was kind of funny. Grown men were wearing diapers and baby bonnets, so he was in the crowds head worse than they could ever get in his.
    4) There were ALOT of Bears fans in the stadium. Walking down 16th street mall earlier in the day, the Bears-Broncos jersey ratio was 10-1 easy. Funny - the Cedric Benson jersey was 1/2 off but the sports store had a Enis jersey for full-price.
    5) Many of the Denver fans that I talked to (and they were all talking to the Bears fans in the stands) were pissed at Cutler but understood exactly what their franchise had just done: throw away a ton of W's over the next decade to stroke the ego of their wunderkind head-@sshole-in-charge, McDaniels.
    It was a blast - Denver fans were generally nice, and the fellow Bears fans were the best.

  • And Trumaine McBride was even worse live than he was on television.

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