Head coach Marc Trestman feels that in order for the Bears to have success this season, Jay Cutler has to be healthy and play as much as possible.
In an interview on SiriusXM NFL radio, Trestman talked about his quarterback’s health and durability.
“Jay has really worked hard in the offseason, and he has always been a hard worker in his conditioning and his training, but he has really amped it up,” Trestman said. “He’s bigger, he’s stronger than a year ago, and he has really focused on staying physically well for the entire season. That’s No. 1—we’ve got to keep him standing, keep him safe. And we see the improvements he’s made in working on different issues in his mechanics, and I think he’s feeling very comfortable back there in year 2.”
In his first four seasons in the league, Cutler did not miss any games due to injury. The Bears had some awful offensive lines, and as a result of the hits he’s taken, he has missed 13 games in the last four seasons. That has to change.
With the new-look offense last season, the offensive line greatly improved. After ranking 27th in sacks per pass attempts in 2012, the Bears line ranked 4th in 2013.
That improvement did not prevent the injury bug to hit Cutler. He missed five games and parts of two others because of groin and ankle injuries suffered after hits.
The Bears have an incredible mix of skill players that would make any quarterback want to play as much as possible. In case Cutler does go down, those players can help ease in a replacement.
The Bears have four quarterbacks behind Cutler. Jordan Palmer is considered the primary backup (for now), but the team signed Jimmy Clausen last week. They also have Jerrod Johnson and David Fales to round out the quarterback crew.
Cutler spent the offseason training with Brandon Marshall at his training facility in Florida. Everyone saw the incredible change Alshon Jeffery went through when he spent last offseason with Marshall. In fact, many key Bears players were there this year. Can’t argue with the results, right?
Jay Cutler is due to speak to reporters during the Bears’ minicamp June 16-18. He will get a chance to speak about his offseason training regimen. Bears fans are hoping all the work pays off and the talk about him missing games goes away this season.