…and sounds less than inspiring.
From today’s MMQB:
I’ve kind of changed about draft choices, particularly first-rounders…I don’t have the same conviction on ones that I used to. It’s the money, the totally unrealistic expectations, players coming out younger and not as experienced, players with too much time on their hands and too much money and not being grounded enough. I’ve become a little pragmatic about the first-round picks. They’ve been looked at like the Holy Grail for so long. Here, we had a chance to get a quarterback who’s already shown he can play really well in the league. He’s a guy with resilience; you’ve got to be resilient playing at Vanderbilt and succeeding John Elway. So we felt like it was a good investment for us. Time will tell.
It will indeed.
First of all, how many quarterbacks have started for the Broncos since John Elway retired? Cutler did not ‘succeed’ Elway, not by a long shot. Secondly, Angelo has basically admitted – that he can’t hit on a first round pick. Sure, the money’s insane and it’s a crap shoot. But the chances of those two picks he just gave up (not to mention the third rounder as well) becoming good to very good players is a hell of a lot higher than the chances of Jay Cutler leading an offensively challenged Bears team to the Super Bowl. And that’s what Cutler must do for this move to be a success. Anything less than a championship, and this trade is a failure for Angelo.