Jay Cutler was seen throwing passes. That’s not unusual for the quarterback, right? Well, he wasn’t throwing passes to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery or Matquess Wilson. He was throwing passes to Josh Morgan, Eric Weems and other lower level receivers.
Many wondered what that was all about. No, Cutler is not getting demoted.
There are several reasons to have Cutler play with the second team. First, the coaches want Cutler to feel comfortable with the sub-personnel.
“Jay is taking probably another 3 to 4 second-team reps per period,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We did that to give him more work.”
Another reason for the change is to get a better evaluation of the second and third string receivers. The coaches want to see how they play and react to Cutler’s throws.
“He’s not only working with the one’s,” Trestman said, “but he’s working with the guys, not only Alshon and Brandon, Marquess but the other guys are in this competition to make this team at wide receiver.”
Don’t forget, too, that there is a competition for backup quarterback. Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen are the two main competitors. In case Cutler goes down (or, as some may say, when he definitely goes down), one of those two players will need to step up and play with the starters. Just as the coaches want to see how the backups play with the starting quarterback, the coaches also want to see how the backup quarterbacks play with the starters. The one who plays more comfortable with the ones’ will probably win the backup quarterback job.
Of course, the Bears hope that all of this moving around is for naught. The hope is that Jay Cutler takes as many snaps as possible (with the starters) without missing time due to injury. Knowing Cutler’s recent history with injuries, having an alternative plan is a good idea.