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McCaskey: We have hopes people will mention Luckman and Cutler in the same breath

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Michael McCaskey attended the annual Brian Piccolo awards ceremony Thursday morning at Halas Hall and the chairman of the board is still beaming three weeks to the day after the Bears traded for Jay Cutler.

"I join with all the Bears fans who are looking forward to the coming season,'' McCaskey said.

General manager Jerry Angelo admitted he was genuinely surprised by the celebration by fans after the blockbuster trade. McCaskey perhaps has a better understanding of the position. Asked if a deal this big would come to the desk in his office before it was approved, he said yes.

"We paid a big price,'' McCaskey said. "Not only the draft picks, but Kyle Orton was a promising young quarterback and a great teammate in the locker room."

Still, it was a no-brainer for the Bears. The players were at work on the practice fields participating in voluntary workouts in the morning. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner said Cutler has been in the building almost every day for three or four hours working to learn the system.

The Bears' record book doesn't have many numbers that jump out at you at quarterback. Cutler essentially has less than 2 1/2 seasons starting in the NFL and his numbers are well on their way to passing those of Sid Luckman.

Cutler (2006 to 2008) 1,220 attempts, 762 completions, 62.5 percent, 9,024 yards, 54 TD, 37 INT, 87.1 rating

Luckman (1939 to 1950)
1,744 attempts, 904 completions, 51.8 percent, 14,686 yards, 137 TD, 132 INT, 75.0 rating

"We have hopes that people will mention Sid Luckman and Jay Cutler in the same breath after his career is over,'' McCaskey said.

He sure would know who to compare Cutler against.

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I am EXTREMELY pleased and excited about what Cutler can do and the potential that this team can reach with him at the helm, but can we try not to put TOO much pressure on Cutler? I mean, we already have his bust prepared and ready to be dipped in gold. Let's at least wait until the first training camp is complete. We still have a lot of question marks that Angelo has to yet address. HE STILL HAS A JOB TO DO, so let's get the draft completed, training camp started and go from there...

BEARS

Did anyone see that the Broncos are interested in J.P. Losman??? hahahahahahahaha ORTON SUCKS!!!!!

Great... McCaskey jinxed him.

I love having a franchise QB, FINALLY!!! However, I still don't like the McCaskeys!

What they did to "Da Coach" Ditka and probably having a hand in the fake promises that caused "Sweetness" to retire two years ahead of when he wanted to, I can never let that be forgiven! I wish someone who actually loved the Bears and didn't just marry into the family would purchase the team.

Go Bears #34 forever

Been off line a few days now but defintely following the action. The blog on the receiver competition was solid, although I would agree with those who want size and hands over speed if and when we draft a receiver this year. Nicks is my favorite followed by Robiske, Massaquoi, Barden, and Igelasias......Creighton must commend you on the detailed QB work-up, it shows that although you have to have the QB, as all the hall of fame commentating QB's like to remind all of us, you don't and I repeat don't WIN without the DEFENSE.....Here is the BEARS quandry, do they go head up with the Eagles for the better of the two Delmas or Johnson at 49, or do they take a slipping but possibly dominant DE Johnson G. Tech at 49, best receiver on the board at 99, and then come back and get the best player on the board on the defensive side of the ball in the 4th round also.....Big questions, but all these areas wound up in BRAD's top five on the blog, so it seems to be where we are headed inthe draft.....as for those of you pushing for a receiver at 49, even if we pick one do not be surprised if a free agent is brought in right before camp to compete for a job and see a chance to get some big number with Cutler at QB.....Kevin A. and MSBEARS fan keep bringing the point counter point options we have a lot to look forward to this weekend....Go BEARS

Jerry Angelo made the team even more competitive than they were with the Jay Cutler trade. This will go down as one of the better trades in league history, especially if the Bears win a couple Super Bowls with Cutler. The Jay Cutler trade automatically gives the Bears 2-3 more wins next season, next order of business should be getting that defense back on track. A good place to start would be in New York this saturday, but thats another story for another blog.

What gets me the most excited about Cutler is not only his arm, but his accuracy, Cutler almost always throws in the 60% range, thats pretty good. Back when Ron Turner had Brian Griese, who didn't have the same arm strength as Cutler, but was accurate, Griese was putting up 280-300 yds a game under Turner. Can you imagine what Cutler numbers are gonna look like with his arm strength on top of his accuracy in Turners offense!!

I do agree with Michael McCaskey about Kyle Orton. Orton was a promising young QB, had it not been for his bum ankle he suffered this season, Orton probably would have put up over 3000 yards and had over 20 plus td passes, thats also not bad. Denver got a better QB than Kansas City did this off-season...watch and see. But in the end, the Bears got the best QB in Jay Cutler, hands down. Hopefully this saturday Missouri's Ziggy Hood or Ohio States Brian Robiskie falls to #49, that would put this off-season over the top GO BEARS!!

Will some one please put pencil neck back in his closet? Doesn't he realize how embarrassing it is for the Bears to have to go back 60 years to find a great QB? Hide your head in shame McCaskey.

Chi thanks but the credit goes to a guy named Brett, not me. Unless copy and paste is work.

Kevin just remember Griese had better recievers, like or hate Moose and Berrian, both guys are capable of a 1000 yard season, both had decent size as well and Berrian was a true deep threat. Berrian would easily be a 1200+ yard reciever with Cutler.

So there's the comparison. Of course the times have changed and so has the game itself. Now, I know that we're all excited about the season, but there are more things wrong with the bears besides the qb position. We hope that Jay is the answer-honestly we don't know if he is and time will indeed tell everyone who got the better end of this trade. No one knows right now. Jay has to get accustomed to a new set of receivers that honestly don't play like Royal and Marshall (sorry, but it's true gang). All of the elite qbs have them and we need to find them. Alot also has been made of the "crap shot" known as the draft, but if you have the right personnel and the ability to get the bang for the buck, any draft can be awarding. The bears and broncos changed players-that's all..nothing more or less except for the fact that they got picks. I personally don't have anything against Josh Mcdaniels and I hope that he does well and he was indeed within his rights to try to trade Jay if he thought he could get something better-he doesn't need to apologize for that-if most were like him there would probably be more competitve teams. In other words, leave your superstar status at the door and realize that you are one of the guys. The bears also entered the "lottery" and in time we will know if we were the ones who got taken for a ride, but for now we can only watch.Just maybe, the broncos had our number.

Yes they need these guys to be mentioned among the best. Remember that our Bears front office got in their ticket money, realized it was bad, and they needed to do something. The fans were on the verge of a melt-down with the front office inaction and they had no o-line. this move was a life-line to keep from loosing money. Thank goodness they made a good decision

"I do agree with Michael McCaskey about Kyle Orton. Orton was a promising young QB, had it not been for his bum ankle he suffered this season, Orton probably would have put up over 3000 yards and had over 20 plus td passes, thats also not bad. Denver got a better QB than Kansas City did this off-season...watch and see. But in the end, the Bears got the best QB in Jay Cutler, hands down." -Armstead

Kevin, let's think about it. Orton was shipped off to Denver along with two first round draft picks. Two. Think about it.

McCaskey and Angelo can say all the nice things they want, but in the end they didn't think twice about unloading him for Cutler. The fact of the matter is Orton wasn't very good. He had zero accuracy on the long ball, made Grossman-esque mistakes, and if not for Matt Forte, he probably would have been cut right after the season. Forte made everyone look better.

Denver and Chicago will continually say nice things about Orton, but only out of perceived business courtesy.

Are you serious Mike. Orton Cut??? What to have Caleb Hannie out there?

Not a Chance. The reason why Angelo was so quick to pull the trigger is because Cutler is the TYPE of QB he has been searching for. If it wasnt for this trade Orton would be the hands down starter for 09. Wow no football sence at all Mike!.

By Brando on April 24, 2009 3:09 PM
Are you serious Mike. Orton Cut??? What to have Caleb Hannie out there?

"Not a Chance. The reason why Angelo was so quick to pull the trigger is because Cutler is the TYPE of QB he has been searching for. If it wasnt for this trade Orton would be the hands down starter for 09. Wow no football sence at all Mike!."

Yeah Mike thats why at the end of the season before Cutler was on the market the Bears offered Orton a new contract and Angelo said all those nice things about him. Oh wait he didn't offer him a new contract and said as soon as the season ended his first priority was fixing the QB position, all before anything started with Cutler. Hmmm doesn't sound like he was happy with Orton. Yeah Orton was so good Angelo gave him, 2 first rounders and a third to get Cutler. All because Orton was so good. Hahahahahahah. He is now on the second team in Denver, who are currently hoping to land Sanchez in the Draft and are looking at JP Losman. Cause thats how good Orton is, he is backing up Simms. Hahahahahaha.

But Mike you have no football IQ, oh no Brando has it all figured out. Thats why he is always wrong about everything. It's hard for some people to figure out that thier is this FA period were you can go and get a QB, like a Simms or a Garcia. Some people are to stupid to figure that out though and think if you cut a player you can only use the guys on your roster. You would have to be a real moron to think that way though.

Oh by the way go look at the songs Brando has been posting for me. He is now posting songs for me on this blog, how sick is that?

Check out the one in this blog, It's actually insane.
"Will expiring contracts shape draft plans at defensive end?"

Brando, let's settle down and read what I wrote before commenting on it. I said without Forte Orton would have been cut by season's end. It's a hypothetical. And why, pray tell, are you bringing up Hanie?

Creighton, I don't know what to tell you. If it's any consolation, a lot of famous people have stalkers. But let's be honest, Brando's not a bad guy. In fact, his posts can be quite detailed and informative. And he's got a sense of humor like no one else.

Psst! Creighton, down here! Ixnay on the Brando's-a-psychotic-lunatic-talk! Call me a coward, but the last thing I want is for Norman Brando Bates to come after me! Just be happy you don't work for the Bears where you could run the chance of Bill "You're my best friend, aren't you? You better say you are or I'll hurt you." Holland stalking you!

McCaskey is all smiles because WHY?
Because he SAVED MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cutler is slated to make 1.5 mil this year and 3.5 mil next year.
2 #1's would make, with signing bonus, perhaps $6-$10 million, for a savings of about $5 million dollars!!!!!!!!
WHY DO YOU THINK MCCASKEY SIGNED OFF ON THIS MOVE?
If this had been for Matt Cassel and his $14 million a year, NO WAY MCCASKEY OKS IT!!!!

That being said, I love this move!!!!

Jay Cutler will make it hip to watch DA BEARS again!

I say draft the 6-6" 235 pound Barden who scored 18 TDs each of the last 2 years!!!

GO BEARS!!

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