It seems like Bears quarterback Jay Cutler always has his mean-mug face on, as if he’s always just getting up after a hard hit. That could be due to the fact that he was among the top 5 most sacked quarterbacks in the 2012 season. This guy might as well be considered part of the offensive line he gets hit so much. Since Lovie really never did much about it, now it’s Marc Trestman’s turn. Together, it’s Trestman and the Bears’ goal to get Cutler to throw the ball before he gets plowed by the defense.
Cutler’s been known to be a quarterback that locates his target, then passes the ball. This is a trait that Trestman and the Bears would like to see altered a bit. One of the proposed measures to help Cutler practice releasing the ball sooner. The coaches have even introduced a new clock to measure Cutler’s time before he passes in training camp.
“It’s like any other quarterback in the league, time is of the essence,” Trestman said Thursday. Time is most definitely of the essence, and for Cutler, it means more passing and less time with grass and dirt stuck in his face-mask.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do before the snap. It’s the same everywhere. We just want to make sure we have that sense of urgency with every single play,” Trestman added. The Bears have suffered enormously due to their offensive line. Trestman at least seems to have a grasp of one major aspect of the problem: Cutler himself. Maybe it’s time the Bears take some of the blame off the O-line. After all, they can’t always hold off the d-line forever.
“We’ve stressed that we want the ball out. There’s a rhythm to what we do,” said Bears quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh. “[Cutler] appreciates that, and he knows if he’s getting the ball out he’s not getting hit. We’re all involved in it and everybody is responsible for it. Since we said Day 1 that’s our No. 1 goal, we’ve got to live up to it and make sure we are not holding onto the ball forever.”
Most of the blame has been on the Bears’ offensive line the last few seasons, and maybe the blame was warranted. However, Cutler himself will be focusing on releasing the ball before he gets driven into the dirt. If Trestman can fix both the O-line and Cutler’s behavior in the pocket, maybe the offense can finally become what was expected when Cutler first put on a Bears jersey.