After undergoing a face lift in the coaching department, the Chicago Bears have begun to implement their new offense under head coach Marc Trestman. From a comparison of past years in training camp, this year has been much different.
Trestman has run a fairly fast-paced practice and has been incredibly vocal — a couple of things Lovie Smith had not done in the past.
The biggest question everyone has had in regards to the new offense is whether or not quarterback Jay Cutler will finally break out in 2013. Every single season before the opener, we hear the same things about Cutler having all the potential in the world to be an elite quarterback.
He can make all the throws necessary. He’s got an unbelievably strong arm. He’s more mobile than the average quarterback. All of these are great qualities, but the problem has been his decision making and the lack of protection he’s received.
Well, if the first few days of camp are any indication, Cutler will be much improved this year. He has picked up the offense very quickly according to Trestman. In camp, he has been able to receive a call from the head coach and spit it right back out to his teammates, even if it is something learned as recent as that day.
Cutler has looked his usual self in camp; calm, laid back and pretty nonchalant. It’s always tough to read him, but his teammates know better. The Bears have expressed all the faith in the world in Cutler this year, which is great because he is in the final year of his deal and must perform well if he wants to secure the job beyond 2013.
The intelligence behind Cutler’s ability to learn a playbook so fast is one of his best attributes he brings to the table. He’s a perfectionist when it comes to simply doing things the right way. He knows where his guys should be at all times, and if they are not there he will let them know.
The coaches have lauded Cutler’s poise and knowledge behind the offense already and are excited to work with him this season. His command of the offense in camp has been phenomenal thus far, and if he can continue to practice at this pace, the team is already in a better place than they were heading into last year.