Bears Save Bucs; Re-Sign CutlerJanuary 2nd, 2014
Now that a coaching staff seems to be shaping up (so the NFL rumor mill says), and once the coaches are in place and a general manager is hired, then it is time to focus on a quarterback.
In a sense, Joe believes Bucs fans were saved this morning in one way and the angst over a signal-caller looms, as the Bears re-signed bratty Jay Cutler to a seven-year year, per Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.
“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting.”
After reciting some of Cutler’s statistics, Emery said, “I see improvement in his ball security, distribution to his targets and a transformation in his demeanor as a leader.”
Why does Joe bring this up? Well, the Bucs are in desperate need for a quarterback. Unless they are going to trade up to draft a quarterback (Johnny?), the Bucs are either looking at Mike Glennon (again) or at trying to pry a quarterback loose from another team at a massive price, or hope for the Kyle Ortons of the world to do what they have never done before.
One possibility was Cutler, who has had a chequered NFL career, recently with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith when Lovie was with the Bears. Thankfully, Emery ended that hand-wringing for the Bucs.
Yet the Bucs still don’t have a reliable, decent starting quarterback.