Thoughts on Jay Cutler and Mike Tice
I have been doing some thinking.... a dangerous thing I know....... and I am drawing a blank on some things and want your opinions.
Jay Cutler has gotten a pass on his play this year, and frankly for his whole time in Chicago. All because he has been said to have had poor talent surrounding him and the lack of a competent coach calling plays. My question is, why does Cutler get a pass for not having competent talent surrounding him, but the OC does not? Why is Tice being ostracized for having a poor offense but Cutler has his defenders lining up a mile long? Is it because Tice is the OC and is responsible for calling the plays? If so, then you might have a legitimate argument, but how much water that argument holds remains unknown.
We all know that Tice is a rookie OC who is learning on the job. He makes mistakes, and yes, some of the plays that have been called have not worked out the way anyone would like. But the question that remains, how many of the plays that are being run are actually plays that Tice has called in? We all know that Jay now has the power to call audibles whenever he sees fit. He can change the play whenever he wants to, and can change the play to make Marshall the primary target for every play. Not saying this is what he is doing, but every play is seemingly called for Marshall.
I love that we have Cutler, he is the most talented QB we have ever had, though that does not say a lot. We will not do better than him, and given the chance to redo the trade, I would still pull the trigger (even though I don't think he has played well enough to justify the 2 first round picks, but that goes back to the lack of talent) and bring him to Chicago.
I am just wondering how much blame we know should fully go on Tice, and how much we can lay at the feet of Cutler for the poor offensive play calling.