Jun 11, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman talks with quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Training-Camp Notebook: Chicago Bears Offense Already Improved

Sunday was the unofficial start to the football season as the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys opened up the pre-season while playing in the Hall of Fame game.

Before the game, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was describing how the Cowboys’ offensive plays would be called this season.

In recent seasons, Garrett would be the play-caller and the voice inside the quarterback’s helmet.

That no longer will be the case for the Cowboys.

Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will now tell the play to Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, who would then send the play into the quarterback.

The Cowboys’ are implementing a wristband system in where all the plays are numbed on the quarterback’s wristband, meaning instead of calling out a play, the coaches will be calling out a number.

The idea behind this strategy for the Cowboys is to accelerate the offensive process.

The Chicago Bears have struggled in recent seasons as well in receiving the play call. Under the Lovie Smith coaching staff, the Bears would implement a strategy similar to what the Cowboys are doing now. The offensive coordinator would send the play to the quarterbacks coach who would then send the play to the quarterback.

The Bears are no longer doing that.

Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman will be the offensive play-caller for the team this season. Meaning Trestman will be the voice that Cutler hears in his helmet thus eliminating the middle man.

The idea behind this strategy for the Bears is to eliminate any confusion that would be created from the message going through three individuals.

But with Trestman now calling the plays directly to Cutler, there should be no confusion while also accelerating what the Bears do offensively.

The Bears have not played a single game this season, but their offense is already improved.


Tags: Bill Callahan Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Jay Cutler Marc Trestman Wade Wilson

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    This system absolutely makes zero sense. What is the reasoning behind the Qb coach middle man of the playcalling. By the time the Offensive coordinator thinks the play he wants to call, radio’s this to the Qb coach then the Qb coach sends it on in. Then the Quarterback has to call out the play in the huddle then scramble to the line w/ very little time to make adjustments. Dear Cowboy’s fans….get ready for your sack totals and presnap penalties to increase significantly.

    • http://dawindycity.com/ Jordan Campbell

      That certainly was the case when the Bears’ operated with that system.

  • metalhead65

    I hope all the Cutler bashers read this. wonder how aaron rodgers and drew brees numbers would look if they had to through the nonsense Cutler did? and you wonder why Jay had a bad attitude or looked pissed most of the time.

    • http://dawindycity.com/ Jordan Campbell

      It was that system that led to Cutlers burst of “Tell Martz I said F-you” during the Bears’ Sunday Night game a couple years back.