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Jay Cutler says Bears are still learning Mike Tice’s offense

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had a much better game in Sunday’s win over the Rams than he had in last week’s loss to the Packers, but he acknowledges that the offense still has to get better.

After the Bears got just one offensive touchdown in a 23-6 win, Cutler said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he’d like to see the team get more explosive in new coordinator Mike Tice’s offense.

“We’re just not there yet to get style points,” Cutler said. “We’re just still trying to get regular points. We’ll get style points later. Right now we’re just learning the offense, everyone is getting comfortable, we’re finding our identity. Mike [Tice is] still finding his identity as a play caller. All those things are coming together, and at the end of the day we just have to win games. And that’s what we did. We wanted to play NFL-style football. We wanted to play an NFL game. We wanted to get it to third-and-manageable. If we didn’t get it, we wanted to punt. We weren’t going to try to go for home runs a lot. We wanted to run the ball, get some screens going and just play a normal NFL game.”

Cutler also said the Bears will continue to focus their passing game on getting the ball into the hands of Brandon Marshall. Cutler threw 11 passes to Marshall on Sunday, of which five were caught, for 71 yards.

“He’s our go-to receiver,” Cutler said. “He’s a guy we’re going to try to get to. Plays are designed for him. Plays are designed to get the ball in his area and let him make plays. I don’t think we made errors in doing that. It’s just sometimes they take it away and we have to go elsewhere.”

With Marshall becoming the Bears’ go-to receiver, Devin Hester has been largely phased out of the offense. Hester has just two catches for 27 yards this season, and he had a drop against the Rams. Cutler said Hester should have made the catch.

“Devin has to make that catch,” Cutler said. “I could have helped him out and put it a little bit lower for him, but Devin was as disappointed . . . probably more than anybody else. He wants to make those catches. It’s on both of us. It takes a lot of people to make that happen, and I have to help him out.”

The Bears’ defense is good enough that they’re going to be a tough team to beat as long as the offense doesn’t lose games for them, as it did in the loss to the Packers. But eventually, the Bears are going to need to stop saying they’re still learning the offense, and start actually getting some production out of their offense.

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42 Responses to “Jay Cutler says Bears are still learning Mike Tice’s offense”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Sep 24, 2012 6:57 PM

    They could be having a problem with the Randy Ratio.

  2. theseekeroffun says: Sep 24, 2012 6:58 PM

    Jay,
    We will see you in Dallas next Monday night big boy.
    The Dallas D is looking forward to picking you apart in many ways.
    Hannibal Lechter

  3. bennyb82 says: Sep 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    With Marshall possibly commanding double teams, I would think it would open up the deep ball for Hester. He is fast, right?

  4. orangeclipper says: Sep 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    Bull. Michael Bush is a great runner. The O/L stinks and its because they can’t block, NOT because of a new system

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2012 7:02 PM

    “O.K., that’s all, class dismissed. Except for Jay Cutler who will please remain behind to catch up to the other students. Thank you boys and girls.”.

  6. robertocfg says: Sep 24, 2012 7:08 PM

    Sometimes it seems as if Jay Cutler is still learning how to read NFL defenses…

  7. papasbasement says: Sep 24, 2012 7:10 PM

    Someone feed this bag a guy of sugar

  8. amaf21 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:12 PM

    Jay, you’re not nearly a good enough QB to start throwing your team mates under the bus. Oh wait, maybe that’s why you’ll never be a good QB.

  9. sowcrates says: Sep 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    theseekeroffun says:
    Sep 24, 2012 6:58 PM
    Jay,
    We will see you in Dallas next Monday night big boy.
    The Dallas D is looking forward to picking you apart in many ways.
    Hannibal Lechter

    ——————————————-

    Tony,
    We lead the league in sacks and are 2nd in takeaways.
    The Chicago D is looking forward to a team that averages less than 2 yards/carry against the 1-2 Buccaneeers.

  10. jsally430 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    need to.get Cutler picked off the other 50

  11. ojsays says: Sep 24, 2012 7:20 PM

    Someone at Halas Hall, or more to the point, Brian Urlacher, tell this guy to shut his mouth.

    Against Green Bay he demonstrated the worst backing up of trash talk the sports world has ever seen, picks a fight with his tackle and now this?

  12. iced107 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:21 PM

    Yea Hester was disappointed – after 3 games, he still can’t believe you’re his quarterback

  13. thepvyharvin says: Sep 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    Ponder>Cutler

  14. larryboodry says: Sep 24, 2012 7:25 PM

    Back in ’85 the Bears offense controlled the clock, avoided costly turnovers, and scored more points than the other team, while their defense dominated…Shame thry couldn’t do that yesterday.

    Oh, wait…Never mind.

  15. beardown2489 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:25 PM

    It was just 3 weeks ago this same offense put up 40 points in 3 quarters…

    Its more opponent though. The offense has shown it can be expolosive vs lesser competition but is not ready for the big time yet. If the roster remains decently healthy, I expect this to be a difficult offense to stop by the end of the season. The line will get better as the year goes on. Just like last year.

  16. gochargersgo says: Sep 24, 2012 7:25 PM

    How does a professional athlete have a neck like that

  17. contrasuxbalz says: Sep 24, 2012 7:26 PM

    Hopefully they will have it down by the end of the year or it will be the end of Lovie Smith. The bears have been bad for far to long.

  18. bjo109 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:29 PM

    The Bears have been “bad for far too long?” They have the 2nd best record in the NFC since 2006. Do some research.

    As for Cutler, it’s not just him. Every year, they start out slow and pick it up by week 4 or 5.

    They did the same in 2010 and 2011.

  19. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    as long as tice doesn’t kill them while trying to ge them up to speed like he did with korey stringer…

  20. daaabears says: Sep 24, 2012 7:33 PM

    I’ve supported (and stood up for) Jay since he came to Chicago, but I am getting tired of the guy. Yes, he is tough (and plays with diabetes). Yes he has had multiple offensive schemes and coaches. And we all know about that O-line!
    But this guy must have been a really good QB at Vandy because they passed him through all his classes, and he just does not appear to be that smart.
    You get the rest of this year in my book Jay, then I lobby to get rid of you. So please prove me wrong.

  21. baned0n says: Sep 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    Hopefully they will have it down by the end of the year or it will be the end of Lovie Smith. The bears have been bad for far to long.

    NFC Championship 2 years ago must’ve slipped your memory.

  22. metalhead65 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    Cutler is right. they have to establish the run game first before they open up the passing game. look at the past 2 seasons,they started slow because they passed every down but once they settled in on the run game they went on long winning streaks both seasons. I think they wanted to show off their new toys before they were readyto. yes the packers played a great game but please it wasn’t a playoff game and it had more to do with thier defense than anything rodgers did.

  23. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 24, 2012 7:37 PM

    Someone feed this guy a bag of sugar
    _________________________________

    As a type 2 diabetic I find that comment…….hilarious

  24. sosuhme says: Sep 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    How many quarterbacks would say in an interview that his offensive coordinator is still trying to find his identity as a play caller. Could this guy be any more of a pompous fool?

  25. conormacleod says: Sep 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    Cutler needs to learn to just throw the ball away when there isn’t anything there. Does anybody else hold the ball for that long? It’s the lines fault. No, wait. It’s the receivers fault. No, wait. It’s Tice’s fault. Is it ever Cutler’s fault?!

  26. davikes says: Sep 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    I don’t think Tice is known for complex offenses. Or even good offenses. Remember the Randy Ratio? Hey lets tell everyone what we’re going to do. He also wanted to play “smash mouth football”. Problem was the Viking’s had a pretty good passing team then, but not really the personel for smash mouth football. Tice is a great O-line coach who keeps testing the peter principle.

  27. rextraordinaire says: Sep 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    I once had a dream where football fans knew the difference between a players’s honest assessment of a teammate who messed up (and taking some of the blame) and flat out throwing him under the bus.

    Cutler is not a very likable guy most of the time, but he’s a nice change of pace from the majority QBs who play politically correct all the time and give sugarcoated non-answers about teammates who screwed up.

  28. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 24, 2012 7:43 PM

    Love that people are saying the Bears lead the league in sacks when Green Bay is three behind and hasn’t played.

    Simmer down.

    I’d say be nice to Jay Cutler. Give him a year or two in the offense. It’s not like that defense is getting too old or anything…

  29. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Sep 24, 2012 7:45 PM

    Webb continually got fried on the pass rush. He’s not alone but until Tice gets the OL straightened out, which he actually did last year with the same players after a slow start, THE-BEARS-ARE-SCREWED.

    Just for the record, Tice was the one who lit up Webb on the sidelines this week.

    As a Bear fan I have no problem guaranteeing Ware getting 3 sacks next week.

  30. larryboodry says: Sep 24, 2012 7:47 PM

    ojsays says: Sep 24, 2012 7:20 PM

    Someone at Halas Hall, or more to the point, Brian Urlacher, tell this guy to shut his mouth.

    Against Green Bay he demonstrated the worst backing up of trash talk the sports world has ever seen, picks a fight with his tackle and now this?
    ———————————————-
    And now, what exactly? He was honest, didn’t disrespect anyone, and admitted his own play needs to improve…If that’s not good enough, you need to…I dunno…go find the real killer.

  31. chi01town says: Sep 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    Cutler is attempting to be more media frendly an talk football. The more he try to be like other players the more the media take shots at him. Cutler should pull a Moss an simpley say next question an then walk away. The more Cutler win the more they wanna talk

  32. yousuxxors says: Sep 24, 2012 7:59 PM

    another qb with the tools to be good but isnt a man. the qb has to command the most respect and this guy commands known.

  33. billsfan1 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    Cutler is attempting to be more media frendly an talk football. The more he try to be like other players the more the media take shots at him. Cutler should pull a Moss an simpley say next question an then walk away. The more Cutler win the more they wanna talk

    no wonder the teachers went on strike… yikes!

  34. billsfan1 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:17 PM

    Hopefully they will have it down by the end of the year or it will be the end of Lovie Smith. The bears have been bad for far to long.

    NFC Championship 2 years ago must’ve slipp

    thats right.. that is a game they had no chance of winning while Cutler was playing

  35. tdrundmc says: Sep 24, 2012 8:39 PM

    Mike Tice is an awful coach.

  36. mputelli55 says: Sep 24, 2012 9:15 PM

    Tdrundmc
    Tice is an awful coach?
    ____________________________________________________________

    Can you do better??? Then why are you not coaching in the NFL??

  37. ninefingers9 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:07 PM

    Vikings fans are still trying to forget Mike Tice’s offense! ;0

  38. wludford says: Sep 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    Muscle-head Tice was supposed to bring a basic, simplified offense. What’s the problem? Oh yeah- Mike ‘our offensive line is just fine’ Tice. Good luck with hat Bears.

  39. bedabear says: Sep 25, 2012 12:23 AM

    If this team had a great line they would still have a bad QB.

  40. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 25, 2012 12:41 AM

    The part of Tice’s offense they’re struggling with the most is the “Randy Ratio.”

  41. Slackmo says: Sep 25, 2012 12:46 AM

    Mike Tice’s offense involves having the defense sack the QB multiple times until they tire out.

  42. larryboodry says: Sep 25, 2012 1:35 AM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 24, 2012 7:43 PM

    Love that people are saying the Bears lead the league in sacks when Green Bay is three behind and hasn’t played.
    ————————————–
    Now that they have played – and got hosed – GB still trails the Bears by two sacks…And speaking of sacks, Bears got Rodgers 6 times, and now Seattle added 8 more…Is J’Marcus Turnstile moonlighting for the Pack all of a sudden?

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