To put it bluntly, the Bears had a critical deficiency in pass blocking last season. The porous protection by the team’s offensive line caught up to Jay Cutler.
He broke the thumb on his throwing hand, entrusting Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown to continue the team’s path to a Wild Card playoff berth.
The team fell apart under the substandard stewardship of Hanie and McCown, falling out of playoff contention while running the unforgiving gauntlet that is the NFC North.
With Cutler’s loss causing their backups to become exposed, GM Phil Emery took notice. He made a bold move this season to make sure that the team would not again experience such a drop-off in offensive production by losing their starting quarterback.
He signed a much better backup quarterback in Jason Campbell.
The offensive scheme under Mike Tice, to his credit, has focused on shorter drops and plays that develop more quickly than Mike Martz employed, minimizing Cutler’s exposure in the pocket.
Unlike Martz, he has allow...