There’s uncertainty in the air about the future of the current coaching staff as the Bears head into Week 17 and it’s a familiar feeling for quarterback Jay Cutler.
While Lovie Smith has been the head coach for the last four years, Cutler’s played for three offensive coordinators with the Bears and a big change to the coaching staff would almost certainly include current coordinator Mike Tice and make it four in five years. The Bears have scored just over 16.1 points a game (including defensive scores) in their last seven to drop from 7-1 to 9-6 without control of their own chances to make the playoffs.
Cutler can see the writing on the wall, but he made the case for stability at coordinator during his radio show on Monday.
“It’s hard for an offense and as a quarterback to get to where you want to be and be consistent on a weekly basis if you’re changing coordinators every couple of years. That’s a reality. I think it’s an overlooked fact. I thought he did a good job. We’re not done yet,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000. “It’s a difficult job where we had a lot of injuries on the offensive line, first year of the offense and you’re expected to go out there and rip it up. But it’s just reality. It’s the first year of the offense.”
Cutler’s had some disagreements with Tice and he had them with Mike Martz before that, but there’s definitely something to be said for stability from year to year offensively. There might be even more to be said from a healthy and talented offensive line. Finding one of those would be the best way for a Bears coordinator to give himself job security.