Mike Martz ready to help Jay Cutler out with pressure
Mike Martz says as long as the Chicago Bears are forced to mix-and-match on the offensive line, he will have to adjust what he’s doing with quarterback Jay Cutler.
It was Cutler who came out on Wednesday and said the offense needed to do things in order for him to get rid of the ball more quickly, seemingly a plea for Martz to change up his play calling. If you buy what Martz said Thursday, his request will be granted.
“Jay's right,” Martz said. “And we're working on it. We've talked about it as a staff. We've addressed this issue. And until we get it stabilized a little bit in that offensive line -- same thing happened to us last year if you'll remember. We've got to make sure we're giving him a better chance with some of these quicker throws and things. There's no question there.”
Even though seven-step drops are a major staple of Martz’s scheme, he says there are adjustments that can be made in order to accommodate shorter drops and quicker throws. Cutler has been sacked 18 times, tying him with Sam Bradford and Tarvaris Jackson for the most in the NFL. Martz said shorter drops are no problem.
“That's all part of the system,” he said. “We just change gears and go in that direction. That's not hard. We're dealing with that and we certainly are going to address that.”
Martz said ultimately the issues have come down to having to juggle offensive linemen. The team will use its fifth combination in six games on Sunday night at Soldier Field against the Minnesota Vikings.
“The problem is we don't have a lot of offensive linemen,” Martz said. “That's the problem. We've got guys moving all over the place. We just have to realize that. We're doing the best we can. Now things are starting to settle down a little bit and stabilize. And that's what we need to do is let that settle in a little bit and let (offensive line coach) Mike (Tice) get his thing going up front. He's like I said, he's a miracle worker right now. But we're very thin in the offensive line and he's doing a great job with them.”
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