For pretty much everyone in Chicago, a new season of Chicago Bears football cannot come soon enough.
With two teams already eliminated from their respective postseasons, and neither Chicago baseball team giving anyone too much of a reason to be excited, the buzz has already begun to start up around this Bears team, and rightfully so.
This is a team that had a good run last year, before they lost the two biggest pieces of their offense. With those two healthy, the Bears went out and added Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush out on the trade/free agent market, as well as Alshon Jeffrey in the 2012 NFL Draft, to add more weapons to the offense.
The moves have not only put new life into a fanbase that was exhausted by the miserable finish last season, but have made the Bears quarterback a very happy man. And the results that the Bears will get from Jay Cutler in 2012 should speak for themselves.
Before he went down with that thumb injury, which essentially ended the Bears’ season last year, Jay Cutler was playing some of the best, if not the best, football we’ve seen out of him him in his career, and especially since he’s been in Chicago.
In the 10 games before he went down, Cutler had thrown for over 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with just seven interceptions. His decision making was top notch and he was making an average crop of receivers look very good. Had he not injured his thumb against the San Diego Chargers, we’re likely talking Pro Bowl and at least a playoff appearance.
And that was playing in a poor scheme orchestrated by Mike Martz. Now Cutler has Mike Tice running the show, along with Jeremy Bates as his quarterbacks coach, meaning he will have plenty of input on the way the offense is run. Expect more playcalling that not only keeps pressure off of the offensive line, but allows Cutler to use his mobility as well.
The pieces are all there for Cutler to have a big year. None bigger than Brandon Marshall. The two made sweet music together with the Denver Broncos and now have an opportunity to do the same in the Windy City. Between adding Marshall and Jeffrey, along with Bates, and what is already there on the offense, the stars are aligning for Jay Cutler to have the biggest season of his career.