When the Bears self-scouted over the bye week, they realized that quarterback Jay Cutler was a bit of a sitting duck.
So last week against the Vikings, they rolled him out more and used more shotgun formations, and being able to throw on the move helped him get back on his feet.
It was a subtle change, but one Cutler hopes they stick with.
“It was great,” Cutler said, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “We got to keep doing it. We got to keep doing it in different ways, showing different looks, get off the spot as much as we possibly can because it helps with everything. It helps the pass rush, get some easy balls out to the flat, out on the outside lets the guys run, it’s got to be something in our offense that we do more of.”
Cutler was sharp as ever last week, completing 72.1 percent of his passes.
Of course, the challenge this week is repeating against guys who know his weaknesses well.
Against former Bears head coach Lovie Smith and former Vikings head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, he’s facing two coaches who will instruct the Buccaneers everything they learned from years of coaching with and against Cutler.
Frazier’s Vikings sacked Cutler often, but Smith probably has even more valuable insight as to which buttons to push against his former quarterback.