Depth behind Cutler a problem for Bears?

July 1st, 2009 - 7:50 am

i⋅ro⋅ny [ahy-ruh-nee]
an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

The Bears’ quarterback position has been a running joke in the NFL for more years than I can — or care to — remember. It seems nearly every year at season’s end, whichever of the Bears quarterbacks finished with the most snaps — and there have been quite a few years where at least three quarterbacks have played — that guy was at or near the bottom of the NFL in quarterback rating, passing yards, and most other quarterback statistics.

The Bears went out and got one of the top young signal-callers in the league today by acquiring Jay Cutler in an April trade with Denver. Problem solved, right?

Not according to some analysts — including former coaches — who question Cutler’s maturity and leadership abilities. Other analysts have their concerns about the Bears’ depth at the position and wouldn’t like what the Bears would look like should the unfortunate happen and Cutler suffers an injury.

After the Cutler trade occurred, I expected the first power rankings about quarterbacks that I saw to show the Bears near the top of the list. As it turns out, this power rankings list is about quarterback depth, and, ironically, the Bears still find themselves in the bottom half of the league.