In the past, when Jay Cutler walked onto the field during training camp, he had some questionable weapons. He certainly had a questionable line. And he had questionable coaching. He could not be blamed if he didn’t buy into whatever system they were trying to show him.
After a year of Marc Trestman’s offense under his belt, Cutler has bought into HIS system. The offense experienced a transformation, and even though Cutler missed some time because of injury, he was doing well in that offense.
This season, both the Bears and Jay Cutler are all in. The Bears gave Cutler a contract extension, and Cutler is going all out on leading this offense.
“We have the same guys we had last year, which is always good,” Cutler said. “Talent-wise it’s hard to top our o-line and some of the guys we have on the outside and Matt Forte, who is hugely underrated. Talent-wise and being in the system two years and the way the guys work, all that adds up. Hopefully we can stay healthy and see where this thing goes.”
The Bears return all eleven starters on offense. They spent the offseason working out together in Brandon Marshall‘s training center in Florida. This is a cohesive unit, something Cutler hasn’t seen since he came to Chicago.
Stability and cohesiveness is something Cutler wants. Once he got that, everything else just works. “Going into my ninth year, I think this is only the second or third time I’ve been in an offense multiple years,” Cutler said. “We’re still in the learning process, but guys have much more familiarity with what the concepts are and the formations and everything, so that’s definitely going to be a help; less thinking and able to go fast.”
Trestman also feels the experience will do Cutler good. “Each of these plays we have, there are a lot of different answers against a lot of different types of looks and coverages,” Trestman said. “I think he’s at a place now, because he’s had so much experience on these plays, he can utilize the entire play to find the right answers.”
Even with the chaos that was the Bears’ offense in the past, Cutler has become the franchise’s record holder in most passing categories. Imagine what more he could accomplish with the peace and tranquility Trestman brings.
The key, of course, will be Cutler’s health. If he is able to play a full season (or at least one with minimal time missed), there is no telling how good this offense could be. Bears fans are hoping he can lead them into the promised land.