The biggest question in Chicago right now is whether Bears coach Lovie Smith and/or his staff of assistants will return in 2010. ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson reports the Bears will begin organizational meetings Monday to begin assessing their future.
The second-biggest question: Why did it take so long for quarterback Jay Cutler to get rolling? Cutler threw another four touchdown passes in a near-flawless game Sunday at Detroit. In his final two games of the season, Cutler threw eight touchdown passes and only one interception. The late run allowed him to finish the season with one more touchdown pass (27) than interception (26).
I think we’ll hear a lot of talk about his comfort level with receiver Devin Aromashodu, who caught two of those scoring passes Sunday. We’ll also hear a good bit about Cutler’s effectiveness on plays that take him out of the pocket. And we’ll probably wonder if offensive coordinator Ron Turner was the right coach to manage Cutler’s transition to a run-first offense.
But if nothing else, Cutler has given Bears fans something positive to remember as they look ahead to 2010.
The Lions? They played hard for coach Jim Schwartz in the season finale, but in the end all they have to show for it is the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft. That’s where the Lions will be slotted, one spot behind St. Louis.
We’ll have much more post-mortem on both teams as the week progresses.