New Offensive ‘Combo Platter’ Adds to Cutler’s Adversity
2009 Ron Turner – It has been said that Ron Turner had the biggest offensive playbook in the NFL. Too bad such a big playbook only had one play for ‘third and one’ (fullback dive). Jay Cutler had 27 TDs in 2009 to go with his 26 interceptions and 35 sacks.
2010-2011 The reunion of Mike Martz and Lovie was supposed to bring Chicago the “Greatest Show on the Worst Turf on Earth”. Although the Bears got to the NFC Championship game in 2010, it was common knowledge that the secret to beating the Bears was pressure to the QB. 52! Yes, 52 sacks later, Cutler exited the Championship game with a sprained MCL. After starting 7-3 in the Bears 2011 campaign Cutler was out for the remainder of the regular season due to a broken thumb. Bears failed to make the playoffs. 2011 was also the year of the famous “Tell Martz Fuck Him!” comment (seen below). 2011 sacks in 10 games: 23.
2012 Labeled as “Offensive Line Genius” Mike Tice was supposed to bring QB protection and offensive continuity to the Bears. Unfortunately, half way through the season, every Bears fan (and opposing defenses) knew the exact play that Tice would call in every situation. Result: 2 concussions, 38 sacks, 14 interceptions. Toward the end of the season the Chicago Tribune on WMVP asked Cutler about the possibility of another offensive coordinator.
“You hope not. It’s hard for an offense and for a quarterback to get where you want to be and be consistent on a weekly basis if you’re changing coordinators every year.” -Jay Cutler to Chicago Tirbune/WMVP
2013 – ?? Last night ChicagoBears.com released an article about the new offense and how it will contain elements from Aaron Kromer and Marc Trestman’s time together in Oakland, elements from Kromer and Sean Payton’s system in New Orleans, and elements from Marc Trestman’s busy career. Say What?! You can read the entire mind-boggling article here.
Aaron Kromer quotes from ChicagoBears.com:
“It will be a combination of a lot of things… so you are constantly researching and finding new things that you can add to your offense to make it better and more versatile.”
“The biggest challenge is communication and understanding and learning by the players that we have. … You have to be able to teach the players what you want. They have to be able to understand what you are looking for and we have to understand what they can do. It’s a learning process, but you hope to expedite it.”
“It’s a group you have to work with to find out… You can’t watch tape always and tell exactly the way an offensive lineman is. ”
“We’ve had a good history of finding guys that were not first- and second-round draft picks that had a lot of success… When you’re talking about an offensive line, you really play to their strengths. What do they do well? What kind of run blocking is best for them? What kind of pass protection schemes are best for them? Just know what they can do and use it to your advantage.”
Look, I know it is all vague. I know it is early. I know nothing is set in stone yet. But, if J’Marcus Webb starts the season protecting Jay Cutler’s left side- the entire Chicago Bears Nation will figure out a way to emotionally and physically bitch-slap GM Phil Emery until he has no choice but to flee with Trestman to the True North Strong and Free. Our offensive line needs new faces. Please, please do not continue the Bears four year “fixing” of the offensive line. We need new faces! As far as I am concerned, Roberto Garza and Lance Louis are the only two offensive line faces we need to recognize come September.
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