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.
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