Noon on Sunday! Time for Jay’s sack lunch. Jay Cutler, come and get it!!!! BAM!!!!
The Jay Cutler the Bears traded for was only sacked 11 times in 2008 and he put up ALL WORLD numbers and went to the Pro Bowl. Jay was sacked more than any other QB in the NFL last season and he has been sacked 11 times already in 2011.
Despite this fact some in the Chicago media (Morrisey for example) will blame it on Jay’s footwork and inability to get rid of the ball. What? Every QB in the NFL has about 4 seconds to get rid of the football. There are many times Jay has about half of that time. Are their coverage sacks? Sure. But most times it is Jay dropping back and almost immediately getting dropped.
If the rest of the Bears foes throw aggressive blitz packages against this offensive line, especially without Carimi, they will break the single-season sack record. Webb has been a turnstile on the left side, Williams is inconsistent and Garza and Spencer need to switch positions. Oh, and Carimi needs to get healthy. Until they remedy some of these situations Jay will continue to sit on his ass.
Now I didn’t even cover the other factors like a terrible game called by Mike Martz and WRs, even Sanzenbacher, dropping balls right and left. They need more consistency out of that WR corps and they need a coordinator who is going to change things up if he realizes the existing game plan is getting his QB killed.
A successful passing game starts with the offensive line. I watched Tom Brady sit back on his lounge chair the last two weeks, sip some Mojitos and throw for over 900 yards. You can do that when you have protection. When a good scheme matches that protection you are going to score a lot of points.
I always wish the best for the Chicago Bears but if they don’t take care of this O-line situation quickly they’ll be out of the division race by mid-season and might be without their star QB even before then. But haven’t we been talking about this for the last two years? Aren’t the Bears over $19 million under the salary cap? Weren’t they’re excellent O-line free agents this summer? Hmmmmm?
So, for now, enjoy your sack lunch Mr. Cutler. We promise to start putting more soft foods in it since you will be without teeth to chew your food.