Esiason on Cutler era in Windy City: ‘Chicago’s got to move on’

A nightmare 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football found the Chicago Bears not only falling to 0-2 on the season, but also without their starting quarterback as Jay Cutler injured his thumb in the game. Former All-Pro quarterback and current NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason believes it’s time for change in the Windy City. He joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday and said it’s probably time the Bears and Cutler part ways.

“I personally believe that Chicago’s got to move on,” Esiason said. “There will be a team that will be desperate for a quarterback next year. If they could give a high-end draft choice for him, I’d probably look to trade him. That’s just my sense, that’s my perception, that’s how I feel, that the Chicago Bears, no matter how talented Jay Cutler may be, probably have got to move on and try to find a new quarterback and a new future.”

Since trading for Cutler in 2009, Esiason says the Bears have failed to put any sort of continuity around the quarterback so the results of inconsistency all around shouldn’t be surprising.

“It’s been what, 8 years Jay’s been here? He’s had 3 head coaches, 6 different offensive coordinators,” Esiason said. “So I can understand the inconsistency, I can understand the difficulties that he has had over that period of time. Nobody wants consistency more than a quarterback. All you have to do is look at a Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and of course Tom Brady, and look at their careers and look how good their careers have been because they’ve been with the same coach for a number of years, and that’s not been the case with Jay.”

The analyst also broke down tonight’s Thursday Night Matchup on CBS between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. Third round draft pick Jacoby Brissett will make his first career start at quarterback for New England after Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in their Week 2 win against the Miami Dolphins, something Esiason is eager to see.

“If Garoppolo was playing, I’d say [the Patriots] win by seven. I think [the Texans] will keep it close. I think it will be a low scoring game,” Esiason predicted. “But one thing I will say about the Texans, where they have a distinct advantage is their defensive line against the offensive line of the New England Patriots. If they do and play the way that they have been playing the first two games, they will force Jacoby Brissett into mistakes and that could be the killer for the New England Patriots. The reason why the Patriots win all of these games is they never turn the ball over, and now you’re asking a rookie quarterback on the big stage to do something against a very good defense.”

However, despite praising the Texans’ defense, Esiason still believes the Patriots will pull it out at home.

“I’m staying with the Patriots. I think they win the game 24-22 and wouldn’t be surprised if they do something unconventional offensive wise,” Esiason said. “Whether it be a no huddle offense, whether it be a Julian Edelman package at quarterback or some kind of thing, because there’s no coaching staff in the history of the NFL that can do what Belichick and his coaches do on a short week to give a team a look they haven’t seen. So that will be the game within the game tonight.”

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