By this time Saturday night, Jay Cutler's work will be done in Buffalo.
The Bears are expected to play their starters into the second quarter and Lovie Smith might be eyeing about 20 snaps or so for the first unit. All eyes will be on the new quarterback in his debut, and it is an entirely different team with Cutler, not just a different offense.
"This might be the perfect fit,'' said retired Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks, Friday morning on the Mully & Hanley Show on 670-AM. "Here you have a very talented quarterback that's coming to a place that plays great defense, I know because I've been there. I've had my nose bloodied a few times by that defense. So you would think this will be the match made in heaven. You got a guy that's going to make a bunch of plays on offense and in reality the greatest place to play quarterback is what? It's a place where you have a great defense. And you don't have to make it happen all the time yourself, but you certainly may think that. I would say Chicago made a heck of a move here and I think [pro personnel director] Bobby [DePaul] and and everybody else in the organization should be applauded.''
DePaul began his career in the NFL under Gibbs on his coaching staff in Washington 20 years ago. General manager Jerry Angelo identified DePaul as a point man for the Bears in the Cutler trade because of relationships he had with those in the Denver front office. Gibbs says DePaul is someone who has a future as a general manager.
"First of all, Bobby did a great job for us,'' Gibbs said. "He first started his coaching career there with us and it's been great to see him go on and do great things. He's dedicated, he's smart, he understands players.
"He's got a great background from a standpoint that he coached, he ran a lot of the administration stuff with us when he first started coaching but he had a burning desire to coach and now he's been in player personnel. We talked a number of times the last four years that I coached and I think that Bobby is certainly somebody that can fill that role and will get that opportunity.''