In a world of cynicism, pessimism and distrust, I sometimes feel like an odd man out. Such a feeling makes me wonder if I’m the only one who thinks it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable for the Bears to want to make sure Jay Cutler is compatible with whomever they hire as their next offensive coordinator.
To clarify my position as to not be misunderstood, I am not condoning Cutler having power in the decision to hire a coordinator. In fact, if Cutler disagrees with the whomever the Bears hire, tough luck for him. He’s a player, not a coach and not an executive. However, the perception around the league and among Chicago fans is that Cutler has been anointed by the Bears as a member of the front office, and I think that is a gross misconception.
Hall of Fame quarterback and current FOX broadcaster Troy Aikman recently appeared on the “Mully & Hanley Show” on 670 The Score and said that he sat in on an interview with Norv Turner back when he played for the Dallas Cowboys. The idea of a quarterback meeting with offensive coordinator candidates is not a foreign concept. The Bears aren’t breaking new ground here, nor are they making a mistake.
Is it a mistake for Cutler and a potential coordinator to exchange ideas to see how they might work together? Everyone is assuming the Bears want Cutler’s approval of the coach, but what if the reverse is true? What if the coach wants to make sure that he can work with Cutler? Doesn’t it make sense for that coach to meet with his signal caller before taking a job that could ultimately wind up being a one-year gig?
Rest assured, any reports about whether Cutler has “veto power” or any other type of say about who is hired to coordinate this offense is all speculation and hearsay. Nobody knows what is being said or discussed behind closed doors because there are no reporters sitting in on these interviews. I refuse to believe that the Bears are giving Cutler veto power and I’m confident that they’re doing the right thing by allowing Cutler to meet the candidates.
Who’s to say that Cutler is actually sitting across the table from these candidates, grilling them on their philosophies and asking them what kind of assurances he’ll get from them if they’re hired? The false notion that Cutler has any power in this process is simply a nasty rumor being floated around by cynical Bears fans and members of the media who have grown an intense disdain for the Bears’ organization and coaches.
I’m as disappointed as the next Bears fan about the direction the organization has taken since appearing in Super Bowl XLI, but I keep a level head and I’m not naive to believe that the inmates are running the asylum. Yes, the level of trust for the guys in charge at Halas Hall is waning with each passing playoff-less season. But these guys all know that their jobs are in jeopardy if they don’t turn things around and the last thing they’re going to do is allow Cutler to control their fate.
Does anybody really feel that Jerry Angelo or Lovie Smith are dumb enough to give Cutler the power to determine whether they’re employed in 2010? Some of you do feel that, of course, because you’re stubbornly insistent that you could run the team better than either of these men can or have.
I don’t think they’re that ignorant. They wouldn’t have ascended to their current positions if they were.