Earlier this week, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he was “uneasy” in the pocket because of the intense pressure he faces from opposing defenses.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz is willing to change the offense to make life easier for Cutler. Martz said that the team will start calling more plays featuring quick throws so that Cutler isn’t a sitting duck. The changes should be implemented in time for Sunday’s game against Jared Allen and the Vikings.
“We’re working on it,’’ Martz said. ‘‘He’s absolutely right. We’ve talked about it as a staff, and we’ve addressed this issue.”
Martz said the team has been hampered by injuries to offensive linemen Gabe Carimi, Lance Louis and Chris Spencer and pointed to the offense’s strong game in the season opener when everyone was healthy as an example of the impact those injuries have had on the offense. The Bears will start their fifth different offensive line in six games this weekend when Louis takes over at right tackle and Spencer steps in at right guard.
While it is smart to adjust the offense to the personnel at hand, the Bears won’t truly solve these problems until they upgrade the talent in front of Cutler. Quick passes and rollouts that allow Cutler to evade pressure long enough to throw won’t be enough to cover all the problems created by leaky blocking.