Matt Taibbi is a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, who for some reason has decided to pen an occasional article on sports. His recent article was about the historical train wreck that has been the Bears quarterback position, a topic that Dan wrote about long ago.
"The Curse of the Bears" - Why do Chicago's quarterbacks all go bust?
The Chicago Bears quarterbacking job is the most cursed position in sports, the Bermuda Triangle of line slots. The ignominy of the Bears QB legacy stretches to the horizon... They've had guys suck after being good somewhere else (Cutler), had guys suck and then go on to be good somewhere else (Jim Harbaugh, Doug Flutie), had guys suck at the beginning of their careers (Grossman), the middle (Kramer), and the end (Chris Chandler). It's an extraordinary feat, depending on how you feel about Jim McMahon, the last great quarterback to play for the Beras was Sid Luckman, a leather-helmet-era Hall of Famer whose rookie year coincided with Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia.
Wow. If only it wasn't so true.
And the Bears paid full retail price for failure, giving up the 11th pick overall for the corpse of Rick Mirer and doling out $20M for much-hyped UCLA brat Cade McNown, whose crowning achievement as a Bear was getting indicted for misusing handicapped-parking placards.
I like the finale.
As NFL black holes go, the Bears QB job doesn't have much competition. Cardinals running back? Yeah, OK, but who cares? The Bears are a national institution, which makes this run of sucky quarterbacks horribly conspicuous, a huge wart on the face of sports that just keeps getting bigger with every crushing Cutler pick.