Jay Cutler may not be as comfortable in Mike Martz's offense as he would like to be, but he's more comfortable than he may have appeared thus far during the preseason.
"I'm getting there," Cutler said Tuesday. "The more snaps we get the closer we're going to get.
"Like I said, once we get into the regular season we'll be fine with our game plans and we'll know exactly what kind of defense we're going to get and what kind of calls we're going to get on third-and-short, third-and-long and in the red zone. Once those things become a little more clear this offense is definitely going to take shape."
The Bears first-team offense failed to score in Saturday night's 14-9 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, which was supposed to be the best indicator of what we could expect during the regular season starts.
"Guys don't want to make mistakes," Cutler said. "They want to be perfect. In that third game we put a lot of pressure on them [to go] out there and treat it exactly like a game and we had to do everything right and this was a last dress rehearsal and we had to put on a good performance. The guys were a little bit tense. They're trying not to make mistakes and they're trying hard. It's not because of a lack of effort. We're just still learning a little bit."
As the preseason has continued, there has been a growing concern about what the offense has and hasn't accomplished and how it might impact the team this season.
"It's preseason," he said. "We're doing some stuff just to get it on film and just to run plays and get them game-ready and season ready. We're not calling exactly what we want to call against exactly the right defense. We're not checking anything or doing anything like that. We're not making a ton of adjustments on the fly, either. Is there reason for concern? Maybe. Maybe not. I'm not concerned. I don't think anybody in that locker room is really concerned about where were at. We're happy with where we're at and there's room to improve, absolutely, but we'll be ready Week 1."
Cutler has been sacked 10 times in three games. If team keep pressuring him at that rate, Cutler was asked if it would be difficult for Martz to use his entire playbook.
"We're going to open it up," Cutler said. "Those guys are going to have to make it happen over there. They played a lot better this past game. Going back and looking at the film I was a little edgy in the pocket moving around sometimes. I could've helped them a little bit. That's where we learn. With Lance [Louis] in there and Chris [Williams] on the outside we're still gelling together. Some of the calls are a little bit new to them as well in terms of what we're doing protection wise. It's all coming together. Once we hit full stride we'll be OK."
Cutler said the offense's struggles this preseason hasn't made him feel any less optimistic about the system or the upcoming season.
"I'm good," he said. "I met with Mike a lot since the preseason started, just talking through plans, we're going to do more and more of that once the season gets closer. From week to week, I'm sure we'll have lots of film sessions and going over the game plan, but I feel good, I feel good about this system. I understand it and know what we're trying to accomplish out there. I'm ready for the real games to start."