True or false – Jay Cutler is not the answer at QB long term for the Bears? Find out who’s the new NFL betting Favorite after free agent moves at Mybookie.ag, as each team is going to tweak their draft board after they tried to fill some holes with free agents.
If you are like most, you answered no, and for good reason. The Bears are in a serious quandary at the quarterback spot, as they have a player who not only is moody and unfocused most of the time, they also have to decide if spending the 7th pick on a QB is worth it.
Enter high-profile QB Marcus Mariota, who produced out of this world numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and then dominated combine workouts.
He’s got a great attitude, and scouts love his leadership ability.
Sounds like the best fit for the Bears. Or is it?
Chicago has a new coach in John Fox, and still one of the best running backs in the NFL in Matt Forte. So does going after Mariota make sense for a team that needs a lot more in the way of their roster than just a quarterback?
There’s also problem that the Bears may have to give something up in order to get a hold of Mariota, as it is sounding more and more that teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and maybe even the New York Jets will be hot and heavy after Mariota, who is going to draw plenty of looks come draft night.
While the team needs to decide if Mariota is worth going after, the team also needs to look at their wide out core, as they have a need there after they dealt Brandon Marshall to the Jets.
If the team doesn’t go after Mariota, they could take a long look at wide outs like Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker. If they want to go the free agent route, there’s still Michael Crabtree, Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings and Reggie Wayne on the open market.
Part of the ‘Mariota decision’ will be the trust factor the new coaching staff with John Fox and company has in Cutler. He was a train wreck at points last season, and the fan base is getting past tired of hearing about all the talent and ability that Cutler has, only to see him fail on Sundays.
The Bears have time to decide their long term plan at the quarterback spot. If they want to go after Mariota they will be in good company, and it’s not going to be an easy task to land him.
In the end though, it just may be the best thing in the long term direction of the franchise.