Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos safety John Lynch said this week on the “Waddle & Silvy” show on ESPN 1000 that his pick to win the NFC North division title this year is the Chicago Bears. The former All-Pro feels that Lovie Smith’s increased role in the defensive play calling as well as the additions of Rod Marinelli and Jay Cutler will give the Bears the edge in the division race.
Lynch was born in Hinsdale and also played for Smith and Marinelli in Tampa Bay, so take his opinion as you see fit, but he’ll join FOX as a television analyst this season, so he’s likely to remain unbiased when analyzing the North race.
Lynch also spoke highly of Cutler, calling him a “once-in-every-15-year-type talent” and said the Broncos’ “erred in letting him go.” He said what most football fans already know, which is that Cutler has “got some growing up to do,” but that he’ll do good things for the Bears.
As for Cutler’s top target in Denver, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Lynch said he’s very comparable to Terrell Owens on the field and that “he’s that good of a player,” but it will be “buyer beware” for whichever team is interested in acquiring him because of his off-the-field troubles.
The Bears, who have claimed to have taken a more rigorous examination of all players’ character and personalities following incidents with Cedric Benson and Tank Johnson, would seem unlikely to be in pursuit of Marshall now or when he becomes a free agent.