The Bears season turned around during their humiliating loss to the Lions.
While Jay Cutler was running for his life and playing very well in Detroit, it became clear even to offensive coordinator Mike Martz that things needed to change. Chicago has adjusted its offensive approach in the games since.
The ball is coming out of Cutler’s hands faster. More help is being given to line when Cutler takes a deep drop. And Cutler continues to play very well.
Cutler admitted it was “dicey” at first trying to get Martz to change his ways.
“You have to be careful how you go about it. The message was clear: we both agreed what direction we need to go,” Cutler said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “Mike’s done an unbelievable job of adapting to what we’re capable of doing and kind of changing his train of thought, which isn’t easy to do.”
Right tackle Lance Louis has helped calm down the line. Earl Bennett’s return added a big dimension on Monday night. Matt Forte continues to be one of the best running backs in football.
Suddenly, the Bears offense is balanced and dangerous. Ron Jaworski traces it to the guys up front.
“Jay has been outstanding, but it starts with the offensive line,” Jaws told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t know what Mike Tice is putting in their Gatorade, but they are playing very well.”
The Bears successfully fixed their line midway through last season as well. I don’t think theBears defense is quite as good as the 2010 Bears group, but this offense can be better.
Cutler and Martz are working better together than any time before.