Well, I gotta give it to Jerry Angelo and the Bears for making the biggest trade in Chicago sports history.
That's right. History. (Don't tell me about Lou Brock - I'm talking about guys coming to town).
Jerry Angelo - not a fool.
Always a fool? The meathead Bears fans I've heard today saying they overpaid for Cutler.
2 first round picks and a third round pick is not too much. Trust me. Not with this regime.
Jerry was hired in 2001 but didn't actually become the "general manager" until 2003 - remember, Dick Juaronimo was actually the GM before he was whacked - but for sake of argument lets go back to '01.
2001: David Terrell, Michigan WR selected #8 overall - BUST
2002: Marc Columbo, Boston College T selected #29 overall - BUST
2003: Michael Haynes, Penn St. DE selected #14 overall - BUST
Rex Grossman, Florida QB selected #22 overall - Swinging bunt -Sexy Rexy did take Da Bears to a Super Bowl.
2004: Tommie Harris, Oklahoma DT selected #14 overall - HR - even if his career as a dominant player is over. 4 great years is about right for most NFL players
2005: Cedric Benson, Texas RB selected #4 overall - BUST
2006: NO FIRST ROUNDER
to further illustrate my point, Jerry picked up Danielle Manning, Devin Hester & Mark Anderson in this draft - all key players in the Bears' Super Bowl run!!
2007: Greg Olson, Miami TE selected #31 overall - Double, could become a HR - coming off best season with 54 catches and five TDs.
2008: Chris Williams, Vanderbilt T selected #14 overall - INC, leaning toward BUST Yes, already - missed entire rookie season with injury, and the team has showed so much confidence in him that they've signed three players who have played tackle in the NFL, including future HOFer Orlando Pace
See - dude can't draft impact players in the first round. Just can't. So now you take them away from him. This is a good thing Bears fans.
A great thing.