by Matt Bowen
February 02, 02010
Now that Mike Martz is in the fold as the Bears offensive coordinator, is it time to focus squarely on Jay Cutler?
No more Ron Turner, no more off-tackle runs on first and second down, and hopefully, no more 3rd and 8-plus on almost every other series.
Cutler now has the play caller in Martz — a coordinator who is not going to go lightly on his franchise QB. I wrote yesterday that Martz was the right hire for the Bears because he is a brilliant offensive mind, but that comes with guidelines.
And Cutler, the QB who threw 26 INTs in 2009, is going to have to change.
Martz will break him down, from his footwork to his release point, to his primary and secondary reads on the field. He is always coaching, and even when he was the head man in St. Louis, he was always about offense.
This is his gig — but it better be the quarterback’s gig as well.
Martz was hard on Kurt Warner and Trent Green is St. Louis. Throw the ball where it is supposed to go — and on time. But, I like to think that this style of coaching — along with the dynamic play calling—is exactly what Cutler needs.
The meeting in Nashville where Martz and Cutler got together on the chalkboard and talked offense is nice, but when spring rolls around with mini-camps, OTA’s and offseason workouts, Martz will press the pedal all the way to the floor.
There will be no more private meetings and handshakes. It will be about football and near-perfect mechanics in the pocket. Basically, it could be a major wake-up call for the Bears QB.
He will be coached extremely hard and he will be asked to do things he has never done from the quarterback position. But, maybe this is what the quarterback — who cost the Bears the 2010 draft — needs.
A great play caller, but more importantly, a coach who is going to hold him accountable for every snap he takes — and that includes throwing one-on-one’s in practice and during walk-throughs. There is no time to rest with Martz, and that is the main reason I like that he is in Chicago now.
But, make no mistake about it. Now that Lovie and Angelo have their new coordinator, for the sake of their jobs, they need their quarterback to produce.
The pressure in now on Cutler. Will he deliver?
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For a look at how the Martz hire affects Chicago's other offensive players, check out this article from Bleacher Report.