Mike Ditka thinks Jay Cutler has to prove himself as a true leader in Chicago. This makes sense, I suppose. Cutler has a rocket arm, but he hasn’t fired a single meaningful pass yet in a Bears jersey.
What I really wonder, though, is why people still care what Mike Ditka says.
The Tribune ran an interview with Ditka yesterday. In it, the former Bears coach says that Cutler needs to show maturity as he takes over the quarterbacking position on the Bears.
Again, this is true. But, again, why is the Tribune interviewing Ditka? It’s been a long time since Ditka’s mid- to late-80s heyday. And even when the Bears were piling up fat won-loss records, Ditka wasn’t the most innovative NFL thinker out there.
Ditka believed in smash-mouth football. That worked in 1985. But then offensive coordinators got clever. They relied on short passes and quick plays. Ditka didn’t adjust. That’s why his Bears teams fared so poorly in the playoffs after that magical 1985 season: They could overpower the league’s weaker teams. But the star teams, the Giants, 49ers and Redskins could always count on a playoff victory when they met the Bears.
So lets not wait eagerly for every word the former coach gives us. The NFL passed Ditka by a long time ago.