Comparing Cutler to Campbell...........
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'Snowflake' quarterbacks: Cutler vs. Campbell
November 14, 2012, 9:19 pm SHARE THIS POST
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Quarterbacks are like snowflakes (you have to see where this is going, right?): No two are exactly alike or deliver the football to their receivers or make in-game calls exactly the same.
With Jason Campbell taking over this week from Jay Cutler, Bears receivers will face some subtle adjustments. And at the NFL level, “subtle” is potentially significant.
“Jay has one of the strongest arms in the league so it’s going to get on you quicker,” said wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who played with Cutler all last season and now this, and worked with Campbell through training camp and weekly on the ‘look’ team running upcoming opponents’ offenses.
“Jason has a more deliberate delivery so you know it’s coming, very smooth.”
Coincidentally, both quarterbacks worked under the direction of quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, Cutler in Denver and now Chicago, Campbell as a Bear.
But while Cutler prospered under Mike Shanahan and a version of the West Coast offense, typically built around timing throws, Cutler is less the practitioner of that approach than Campbell.
“Jason has a ‘firmer’ ball, doesn’t zip it to you quite as much,” said wide receiver Devin Hester. “Jason is a more ‘timing’ type of quarterback. Jay is has the arm strength to wait til you get open to throw it to you. Jason’s been in a timing offense more before.
“Both are the same when it comes to catching the ball. Jay puts the ball there when it’s time for it to be there. Jason might get the ball to you a little earlier [in a route].”
Receivers said Campbell does not telegraph throws, just sometimes makes earlier ones.
“He may anticipate more, which isn’t good or bad, just different,” Sanzenbacher said. “Jay’s got a stronger arm and just likes to see it first: ‘It’s open, I’ll get it there.’”
Cutler has a career completion percentage of 61.1. Campbell is nearly identical at 60.8. Cutler has had more success down the field with 7.2 yards per attempt vs. Campbell’s 6.75.
But Campbell’s 45-yard completion to Brandon Marshall in last Sunday’s third quarter made a special impression, even on those used to seeing his passing.
“He made great throws last week,” Sanzenbacher said. “That throw to Brandon was impressive in itself. And that’s coming in cold off the sidelines. Impressive.”
Hut, hut, HUT
More than the receivers will be dealing with the new quarterback.
Campbell has a slightly different cadence at the line of scrimmage. How much difference that makes remains to be seen.
The Bears had one false start last Sunday in 34 trips to the line behind Campbell.
“Whatever the case may be, we’ve been around him all offseason and training camp,” said center Roberto Garza. “We’ve heard his cadence. It comes down to just hearing the plays and going out there and executing. We don’t have to do anything different. We just have to do it better.”