Is Jay Cutler ready to take his game to the next level?
Jun 11, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) talks with head coach Marc Trestman during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Fortunately, Trestman’s offensive approach seems to be more steady, with emphasis on blocking defensive linemen and keeping the passer upright, allowing him to stand confidently in the pocket and deliver striking passes down field. Coach Trestman has provided a steady offensive scheme surrounded by top receiving talent in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who are arguably the best Wide Receiver duo in the game. Additionally, there is Matt Forte an elite Pro Bowl Running Back with excellent receiving capabilities and Martellus Bennett at the Tight End position, who is emerging as a solid big play threat and blocker. This top receiving group will allow Cutler to make passes he was not able to complete in seasons past.
Now, with everything seemingly in place, he must show that he can get over the hump and win the division title. This season is in no doubt Cutler’s time to shine, an opportunity to show that he can lead his team to a championship and silence all the naysayers. All eyes will be focused on Chicago’s starting quarterback, watching and waiting for him to become the elite player he has the potential to be. He showed he was up to the task in the Bears preseason opener with solid numbers, 9 of 13 pass attempts, 85 total yards and 1 touchdown. It seemed he was more comfortable entering his second year in Trestman’s offense. We have all seen flashes of greatness from Cutler before; hopefully his preseason play will carry over into the regular season. Bear Nation will wait the 2014 season to see which Cutler will show up. Will it be the big armed quarterback prone to mistakes or a revamped passer guided by the quarterback whisper himself in Marc Trestman? For the next few weeks, we can only be optimistic and hope for the best. Until then Bear Down.