Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/4/12
Jay Cutler has struggled throughout much of the 2012 season, but has been at his best in the fourth quarter.  Cutler has the best QB rating in the fourth quarter of any QB in the NFL with a 132.0 rating.  Granted Cutler has been the beneficiary of his team holding a lead in the fourth quarter due to the play of the defense, but he found his rhythm against Carolina in the final stanza.   When the Bears were forced to go no huddle and target short to intermediate routes that's when Cutler found his rhythm completing 14 out of 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers.  A no-huddle offense is what worked for Cutler and the Bears and it forces teams into uncomfortable substitution situations on defense.   The formula is a time tested one that the Bears should implement a lot more of starting this week against the Titans.  There doesn't have to be a complete change of strategy a shift to the K-gun offense or Peyton Manning's offense.  Rather laser focused situational football that gets the ball to all of the weapons on offense and allows them to get the yards after the catch they're capable of.   The no-huddle offense is what is working so well for Matt Ryan in Atlanta at the moment.  Their offensive production is up and Ryan's efficiency is up.   Cutler has shown that he is a clutch QB based on his 17 career fourth quarter come back drives.  He has a player like Brandon Marshall that he can move around and take advantage of match up problems that no defensive substitutions cause.   Throughout the season Cutler has had his best success when the offense has a short route, medium route deep route concept.  Rather than forcing the offensive line to protect for routes down the field the Bears can take the short routes that they did in the Cowboys and Jaguars game.    Those two games are where the Bears stood out the most on offense from an efficiency stand point.  Both games had the Bears converting at over 53-percent on their third downs situations.  When the Bears target quick three and five step drops they get the job done on offense.    If the Bears don't get more efficiency out of their offense they put more pressure on their defense.  If there isn't an offensive turnaround the Bears risk coming up short in their bid for a Super Bowl title.  The pieces are in place and there has to be a point where Mike Tice and Jay Cutler adjust to get the job done on offense.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chiefs making ‘strong push’ to make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

Did Hield reveal Kings tampered with him before trade?

Nicklaus says Tiger's current situation is a 'puzzle to me'

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker