Official Bears/NFL Thread #15 - Power failure at Super Bowl (Literally)
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01-25-2013, 12:34 PM
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That may be 1d or 1e on the list. Jay has a lot to work on and if he does we will all see marked improvement. If there is anything I am confident in Trestman to do, it is improve Jay as a QB.
I felt like Martz was sincerely trying to change some of Jay's mechanics --- and Cutler was buying into it, and that in that 2011 season before he got hurt, he WAS looking better. Last year, Tice didn't do squat with him (he wouldn't know how) and IMO Bates didn't do much there either, and Cutler's mechanics regressed. I think having Trestman work with Cutler (as well as his new QB coach), hopefully he can return to being more technically sound.
Regarding the throw-aways, I'm not going to make as big of a deal out of it as the media has so far. First off, of the times Cutler COULD HAVE thrown the ball away, how many of those turned into Picks? Other than a bad Green Bay game (which wasn't a result of not throwing the ball away, rather forcing downfield in a losing effort), his INTs weren't horrible this year. The biggest impact on his not throwing the ball away was on Sacks taken, and he probably took 4-5 sacks that he could have avoided (I don't count sacks in the pocket, because typically you cant just throw it away there or its intentional grounding). The fact is many times Cutler ended up scrambling for a first down, or using his arm to complete a play (or throw an incompletion trying).
Is throwing it away only 5 times probably too little? Of course. Should he throw it away a lot more often ala Matt Cassell? Hell no. I think there's a happy balance, and he probably isn't far off from it. Improved line play will also mean he won't NEED to throw it away as much. So I don't see this as a huge issue in and of itself.
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