It appears that there was some locker room angst yesterday after that terrible loss to the Dolphins. I won’t dwell too long on it since nobody will ever really know what happened besides the players and other people who were actually there. But this might not be a bad thing. It better start helping quickly, because we have a road trip to New England this week (a Patriot team that hasn’t looked like all that and a bag of chips, to be frank) before our bye week. Then right after that, we go to Green Bay to visit the absolutely on fire Packers. I am not ready to throw in the towel on the season just yet, but if we lose to the Patriots and Packers, I think that will be pretty much it.
So lets just assume (it is always dumb to do that, but let’s do it anyways) that the Bears go 3-6 and are pretty much doomed. What now? You can’t cut Cutler unless you intentionally plan on tanking 2015. The amount of dead money associated with a Cutler cut is just too big to think otherwise. But this might not be a terrible plan if it comes to it. We have two excellent draft classes under our belts and 2015 could get us some more experience. We could jettison Forte at the end of the year with minimal penalty and/or trade him this year for some more draft choices.
I don’t see how a coaching change would help at this point, either. So what is to be done? Your choices are basically to Fire Everybody and let chaos reign until 2016, or tether Cutler and Trestman to each other, start showing the high priced vets the door via trade and begin grooming a qb via the 2015 draft for 2016. Would the fans care about tanking 2015 to get the cap in order and understand that it had to be done?
These are all tough questions that the Bears front office will have to ask themselves if this season continues to go down the rathole. I am still leaving the glass half full for now, but it looks like rough sledding.