The Bears’ draft was a success before they ever made a pick Saturday because of their trade for Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Bears’ draft was a success before they ever made a pick Saturday because of their trade for Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler.

“I think we all sleep better at night. He saves lives,” general manager Jerry Angelo said of having a star quarterback.

The wrong quarterback can kill offenses. “I do know what it looks like when the quarterback isn’t playing well: It looks like a lot of people aren’t playing as good,” Angelo said.

For five decades, Chicago has usually had the wrong quarterback.

“We’ve done a pretty good job in Chicago of playing around the quarterback,” Angelo said. “To get to a Super Bowl in ’06 without having a marquee quarterback — no disrespect to the accomplishments that Rex (Grossman) made — that’s pretty good. We’ve won a lot of games without a quarterback. That bodes well for the organization, coaches and players alike. With a quarterback, let’s hope things come better. Maybe we won’t have to be as error free.”

Rose needs to step up

Derrick Rose sparked Michael Jordan comparisons for one day by scoring 36 points in his first playoff game. That’s not enough. Before the draft, Quick Shots worried about his outside shot. That seems to be fine. But what about his defense and mistakes? Rose ranked a modest 22nd in the NBA in assists-to-turnovers ratio this year and wasn’t in the top 50 in steals. And in three playoff games, his Boston counterpart, Rajon Rondo, has doubled his season scoring, rebounding and steals averages to 22.7, 10.7 and 4.0.

Rose is the NBA’s best rookie, but if his defense and ball-handling don’t improve, he’ll be more like Elton Brand — the Bulls’ other Rookie of the Year — than Jordan.

Don’t irritate Ozzie

Maybe Ozzie Guillen overreacted to Nick Swisher saying Joe Girardi was the best manager he ever played for. OK, no maybe about it. Swisher never even mentioned Ozzie. But no big deal; Ozzie overreacts to everything. Swisher, though, may have jinxed himself. He went 2-for-17 in his first five games since pricking Guillen’s pride to see his average drop from .406 to .306.

Sox loaded in infield

About the same time the White Sox moved super prospect Gordon Beckham from short to second, rookie second baseman Chris Getz got ultra-hot. Getz was on an 11-for-25 run going into Friday to lift his average from .176 to .333. Two years ago, the Sox didn’t have anyone young or good in the middle infield. Now they have too many. Getz, Beckham and Alexei Ramirez are even bigger reasons than John Danks and Gavin Floyd that the White Sox should remain AL Central favorites for years.

Bradley off to bad start

The Chicago media, generally, is fairly soft on Chicago athletes. Most writers and talk radio people defended Rex Grossman long after he had become a national joke. But once Chicago athletes get a negative rap, it stays. Remember how quickly it turned for Sammy Sosa, Cade McNown, Cedric Benson, Frank Thomas, Jacque Jones and, just this winter, Luol Deng? It’s not a good sign, then, to see Milton Bradley already feuding with the media. The Cubs need his bat, and the volatile Bradley doesn’t handle adversity well.

Matt Trowbridge’s Quick Shots on Sports appear Sundays. He can be reached at (815) 987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.