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Cutler says players need to take "hard look" at each other

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Jay Cutler said Wednesday that it's time for players to step up and take responsibility for what's gone wrong with the offense.

"We take a hard look at all of ourselves on offense, myself included, and we need to execute better," he said. "Mike and the staff's doing everything possible to help us and put us in positions against certain coverages and certain looks to do the right thing."


If the coaches are doing a great job, then why isn't it more apparent on the field? Finding the disconnect is critical heading into Sunday's game against the Redskins at Soldier Field.

"That's obviously where we've got to figure things out whether it's us as players not paying attention, not doing exactly what we're supposed to do or if it's something they're doing, they're wording it differently or something like that, we've got to figure it out," Cutler said. "It's gotta come on both ends. Everyone's got to get better."

Another big issue for the offense is third downs. They currently rank last in the league --- by a mile. In two games this season, the Bears have been unable to convert even once on third down.

"We're going to have to complete some balls, we're going to have to hit some hots," Cutler said. "I'm going to have to get a little bit more accurate and we're going to have to protect better. Everyone...it takes 11 guys. This offense is so detailed that if one guy's off, you know, it's going to have a traumatic effect on the outcome of a play."

 Much has been made of quarterbacks being unable to call audibles in Mike Martz's scheme, although Cutler said it's not that much different than what he was used to while playing for former Broncos and current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

"I didn't really have the ability to do that in Denver, either," Cutler said. "There are answers out there if something happens. If a play gets blown up it means someone is missing an assignment."

Actually, in Martz's offense, audibles are built-in. If the defense lines up one way, for example, it can change assignments. If it shifts again, the assignments change again. In that way, almost every play is an audible to begin with.

"Every play there's 1,000 different scenarios that could go down," Cutler said. "There's 1,000 different variables. Receivers are cutting routes, they're doing stuff off the line. I'm looking at things. We've got backs checking; different guys going back and forth coast to coast. It's very complex. Everything is built into it. It's just a matter of us doing it correctly."

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Jay --

Instead of everyone taking a hard look at themselves, how about if they take a hard look at the defensive alignments, game film, etc., so someone... ANYONE on the field actually appears to know what their responsibilities are?

Oh, and here's another thought. The next time you get buried face down in the Soldier Field turf, why not grab the facemask of the lineman who blew the assignment and kick him in his football jewels? I can guarantee you that that move will generate more attention to detail than anything Lovie, Martz or Tice might do.

One first round pick on o-line. Olin Kruetz is a nice guy but he is done. Mike Tice can't turn bologna into steak. Need better talent on o-line. Just have to tough it out this year. Wil never see full potential of offense without more talent on o-line. A coach can only do so much. BEARSSSSSS

One first round pick on o-line. Olin Kruetz is a nice guy but he is done. Mike Tice can't turn bologna into steak. Need better talent on o-line. Just have to tough it out this year. Wil never see full potential of offense without more talent on o-line. A coach can only do so much. BEARSSSSSS

If it sounds like a leader and acts like a leader it must be a leader.

JC are you that guy, me thinks yes.

I am happy to hear this self accountability but when the stuff hits the fan is when it counts.

Lets see how all of this talk translates in production on the field?

Still fire Lovie and Angelo, the Bears need some real leaders to lead and motivate the team.

Last week was a joke, the Bears once again showed little motivation on the field of play, just like the last three years. In the NFL you just can't take a week off like they have now for the Giants and Seahawks and should we really count the Detroit game as a win, the one that was given to the Bears.

I was hoping for better if you really look at it they should be 3-3 right now and mediocre just like they have performed for the last three years.

I am so sick of caring for this team for 48 years and watch this pitiful efforts.

If the Bears came onto the field of play and gave it their intensity and 100% effort and lost so be it, but to watch this pathetic effort is certainly disheartening to me.

If my wife doesn't kill me surely I will die of Bear related heart failure.

One of the other problems with the offense was talked about by Des Clark this week. Non-verbal communication and timeouts. The Martz offense is often forced to call timeouts because the offense is stuck in a play that the defense is going to rip apart or because players don't know what they are suppose to do on a play. Even during the greatest show on turf days this was a problem.

As for non-verbal, that is one of the best ways to attack this offense. Once the QB goes into a cadence he is the only guy allowed to talk. The defense will often bring their blitzer in when the QB starts his cadence because the bears are now forced to communicate non-verbaly. Lets say a defense creeps a safety in off the edge that the QB can't see it becomes the recievers job to communicate to the line that a blitzer has come up and that someone needs to pick him up. If the linmen is locked in and does not see the reciever signaling this or the reciever is locked in and does not see the blitzer guess what happens to the QB.

To further the problem all the linemen are waiting for Olin to tell them what to do. Most of them don't know what to do and Olin has been assigning them their blocking assignment. That's why your seeing so many come guys come free. A lot of times the QB may see the blitzer but because the Martz offense takes so long to call the play because of motion and shifting, the QB is left with the option of expecting the linmen to see him and know his job or for the reciever to communicate to the linmen that there is a blitzer. Either that or he has to take a timeout because he is running out of time. Notice how long it takes to get the play in and how long it takes to snap the ball. It's a slow tempo offense because of this.

Another problem is the Martz offense does not use a shotgun this limits the QB's view of the defense so it makes it harder for him to change protection. Watch the Colts if teams start blitzing Manning they put him in shotgun and watch him go up to the line and change the protection and audible.

Basically if the Martz offense is clicking and everyone is playing near perfect football and you have a lot of talent it works. If that's not the case it has a lot problems and this offense has been known to lay it's share of eggs.

It's also been pointed out by a scout, in a report done by the Sun-times a scout who worked for Martz, that the offense won't work without a very good line. That Martz needs a very good line for it to work. If he does not have that line it can be a train wreck.

Take a look at some of the flaws of this offense

It is primarly a passing offense, that makes it one demensional

No Audibles

Needs a very good O-Line to work properly

Slow tempo

No shotgun

The QB is mostly a pocket passer

Needs near perfect timing

Any flaw or mistake tends to become magnified because it is a timing offnese.

Has always given up way to many sacks.

Wastes timeouts because of play complexity.

Easy to disrupt the timing by jamming.

Looks deep first and asks the QB to do this.

Needs Marshall Faulk to really excell.

Suffers from snow ball effect if just one mistake is made.

Martz has a Cowboy mentality and calls high risk plays at times that make no sense and should not be called.

To many deep drops

Horrible in the red zone without Faulk and a great line.

This offensive is more in depth and complex than I originally thought. Based on what Jay is saying, maybe it's time to dial down the amount of schemes Martz is throwing at them. Stick to 5 step drops at most, and when the defense is back on their heels, mix in some deep patterns.

What Creighton the WR are to fault. Mike Martz is to fault. The bad O-Line is at fault but Jay gets the pass on it is not his fault at all?
Dude give credit wherecredit is due Jay Cutler is a bust.

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