A sign of Cutler's growth (maybe, hopefully, perhaps)

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  1. short faced bear

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    Steve Rosenbloom
    The RosenBlog

    8:19 a.m. CDT, August 26, 2013

    You couldn’t miss Jay Cutler’s spreading the ball around in the Bears’ first-half vivisection of the Oakland Raiders on Friday.

    I mean, he threw to three different tight ends in the first quarter alone, or two tight ends and the mistake that Fendi Onobun represents.

    Cutler also notably targeted receivers of all ages, from Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall to rookie Marquess Wilson with a lot of sophomore Alshon Jeffery in between.

    But one play jumped out at me: the flip to Matt Forte that turned into a 32-yard touchdown.

    It was only an exhibition game, sure, and it came against the team that seemingly already has clinched the first overall draft pick, but that play resounded as perhaps the best sign of growth since Cutler started stacking offensive coordinators’ heads.

    That little flip is a core play in any version of the West Coast offense. Bill Walsh didn’t even consider it a pass, but more of a long handoff. That play has to be run for many reasons. That play also does many things we’re not used to seeing with the Bears’ erratic and often constipated offenses.

    First, the play doesn’t force a pass. That often looks like the house special with Cutler. The play saves the quarterback from himself.

    Second, the play exemplifies the way Marc Trestman’s scheme uses every bit of available turf. Opponents now have to defend the width of the field the way Bears opponents never have.

    Third, the play we saw Friday night was run out of a set with both Forte and Michael Bush in the backfield, a much different look. The play also puts Forte in space and lets him operate with more room against players likely to be out of position.

    Fourth, the play demands downfield blocking, which ought to be a strength of a Bears team with a lot of big receivers and tight ends, and there was Jeffery throwing the first block and free-agent right end Martellus Bennett throwing the second and part of the third.

    But the big thing about the play is that Cutler might’ve learned he could throw a big TD pass on a lateral.

    That’s a big deal for a quarterback with a big arm. But Cutler threw the right pass quickly and accurately even though it was a little toss to a wide-open target instead of a 100 mph pitch downfield into a nonexistent window.

    Cutler has shown great touch downfield before. He has shown a propensity for airing it out downfield and letting his big receivers go up to fight for it. But this staple play of the West Coach offense requires smarts and discipline, and there it was, executed perfectly by the Bears offense.

    The Bears offense, do you hear me?

    With Cutler, you’re never sure. He tends to talk a better offense than he executes, especially during these times when he has a new boss and they’re all trying to talk themselves into a bromance.

    I also realize we still haven’t seen Cutler do it against a real NFL team in a real NFL game under the kind of real NFL pressure that often makes his head and his mechanics fall apart quicker than J’Marcus Webb’s audition at right tackle.

    But taking what the practice games show and projecting that into the regular season, Stevie Sunshine is pointing out a sign of hope that our little boy is growing up.




    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...s-growth-rosenbloom-20130826,0,3836741.column
  2. mdbearz

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    Not sure a pitch play shows us anything about Cutler?

    I think it is more of a Trestman indicator. He is WCO to the core and it will take some patients, but it may make the offense more complete.

    Keys to this year:
    1. Forte must stay healthy.
    2. The TEs must catch the balls that hit them in the hands
    3. Cutler must not turn over the ball on those occasions that he airs it out.
    4. The O-line must be able to open up some lanes for the run game.
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    Cutler, in all but like 8 games last year spread the ball real well, the problem is when he doesn't it's just stare down BM and everyone else can go to hell. and near 50% of the time is way to often for it to happen.
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    I think with Jeffery's development we won't see Cutler so anxious to be throwing to Marshall so much. I doubt he'll have 100 catches this year. In addition to those two what we also need is about 100 catches from the Bennett boys and maybe half that many or more from Forte.

    The whole key to their success this year will depend on whether they can keep the ball moving or not. Last year we had so many plays go for no gain or sacks for negative yardage or stupid motion or holding penalties that even when Cutler was throwing well half the time it was "make up yardage". If we can avoid that like we did on Friday and keep the defense off the field more so they stay fresh the Bears will be a very good team.

    When he gets time to throw and he doesn't have to take chances all game long just to make something happen I think his turnover ratio will go way down. Trestman just needs to impress upon him that there's no need to make those pressure throws into coverage. Throw it away and live to fight another day. I think better play calling and now having a line blocking scheme that matches Forte talents as a runner will make a huge difference this year. I think these will be capable of scoring a lot of points.
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    I agree w/that soul. I said before training camp that I doubted BM would get anywhere near 100, but that you'd see a rise everywhere else. BM will probably still have 80 or so, but there's gonna be another 3-4 that get 40-70(Forte/Jeffery/Bennett's).
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    Even Trestman I bet would call it a failure on his part if Bmarsh has over 100 receptions this year.

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