With Chicago Bears fans everywhere being optimistic with the new offense, the “quarterback whisperer” head coach Marc Trestman was supposed to spark a fire in Jay Cutler that would turn him from a hot and cold quarterback to a star that was going to take the team straight to a Super Bowl.
I know this is just preseason. But the first preseason game he threw an interception. Last night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, he stayed in the pocket way too long and once again consistently targeted Brandon Marshall, even when Marshall wasn’t open and threw a horrible pick in the red zone.
With Cutler, you have to take the good with the bad. There will be times when you can be kissing his cleats, and other times you want to just shake him and ask him what he’s even thinking. Trestman needs to bite Cutler’s old habits of playing his own version of the game in the rear and whisper his way into Cutler’s brain and arm.
Cutler referenced his offense with the Denver Broncos saying they had three years to learn the offense for them to become comfortable with it. Cutler does not have that luxury and he knows that. With this being the last year of his contract, he needs to prove that he’s worth a contract extension.
Cutler will be smart to immerse himself with the new offense and to actually listen to Trestman, step up his leadership and take accountability for his shortcomings. Old habits are hard to break, but his career is literally on the line.