Initial reactions to the Chicago Bears’ trade for quarterback Jay Cutler were almost all positive. After further review, an unlikely critic has stepped forward.
Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, is a wise guy. He won a Super Bowl and mentored one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, Peyton Manning.
Dungy said the Bears "took a risk" on April 2 by sending quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 and 2010 to the Denver Broncos for Cutler, who all but demanded a trade through his childish whining. Cutler has a 17-20 record as a starter.
"I really think Chicago gave up a lot to get a quarterback who they believe is going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But I am not sure he has won enough to merit that yet," Dungy said to the Chicago Tribune.
Dungy, usually reserved in terms of critical comments, was just added to the NBC studio show, "Football Night in America." His opinions count for a lot, so listen when he doubts the maturity of the 26-year-old Cutler.
"He is a very talented guy who can throw the ball very well. But quarterbacking is so much about leadership and so much about doing things under pressure," Dungy said. "There is going to be a lot of pressure on him. We’ll see about his maturity level. That’s what I would question. And some of the things that happened leading to him leaving Denver … that would concern me."
• URGENT FAVRE UPDATE — It’s impossible for a week to pass without a report on retired quarterback Brett Favre‘s retirement plans. Will he return to wear the purple of the Minnesota Vikings or stay in Mississippi to play backyard football in Wrangler blue jeans?
Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, revealed to The Associated Press on Friday that Favre remains retired.
"Right now there’s nothing to talk about," Cook said, and by saying "right now," Cook is implying there could be more to talk about soon. So stay tuned for more intriguing coverage of this never-ending story.
• TRADING PLACES — The Los Angeles Clippers and bad luck are joined at the hip, as Jerry Crowe of the Los Angeles Times explains.
"Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, set to share the spotlight in the NBA Finals, almost shared an NBA locker room," Crowe wrote.
"In 2004, if the Clippers had moved up to No. 1 in the lottery instead of No. 2, they would have drafted Howard, a high school star from Atlanta. That also was the summer the Clippers nearly signed Bryant, so if fate had been kinder … Howard and Bryant might have wound up as teammates with the Clippers."
Bryant is on the verge of leading the Lakers to another NBA title. Later this month, the Clippers will pick No. 1 in the draft.
• KRUGER UNCENSORED — UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger, always eager to meet and greet fans, is in mid-season form in the offseason. Kruger will hold a live chat session at 10 a.m. Tuesday on UNLVRebels.com.
Last weekend, Kruger hosted his second annual Coaches vs. Cancer golf classic, raising $150,000 for the American Cancer Society.
COMPILED BY MATT YOUMANS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL