Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 10/24/12
If not already at some point I'm going to be accused of beating a dead horse here.  Though in my opinion I'm not beating a dead horse, I'm beating a horse that's walking around the pasture needing to be led to water in order to prevent it from dieing.   The horse, is the Chicago Bears offense, the man in charge of leading the horse to the water is Jay Cutler.  The need for the water is the Chicago Bears season and the need for the offense to find a rhythm, and fast. Jay Cutler's accuracy problems this year are absolutely asinine and I don't know if they're ever going to be fixed.  These accuracy problems I'm talking about specifically happen well before the injured ribs Cutler suffered at the hands of Ndamukong Suh. The All-22 tape reveals time and again how Jay Cutler struggles with delivering the football in an accurate manner in crucial situations.  Cutler's accuracy problems sprang to life again, in this all too close for comfort game against the Lions. Cutler meanwhile has some of the worst accuracy problems in the NFL for a quarterback that is supposed to be elite. On the Bears' second drive of the first quarter Cutler hits two out of five passes, but even the two completions are inaccurate, on woefully short of Earl Bennett's feet.  The other is thrown extremely wide of Devin Hester, another Cutler has tunnel vision and tries to deliver the ball deep to Brandon Marshall.  The Hester pass was particularly embarrassing because Hester is wide open.          Examining the tape we come to find that Cutler is still just uncorking the football rather than squaring his shoulder stepping and driving the football with confidence.  The first incomplete pass to Hester Cutler turns and throws rather than turning setting throwing.  This type of inaccuracy shows that Cutler doesn't have control of his footwork. The next pass a flare to Earl Bennett is the same problem that Cutler had on the previous play, he doesn't set his feet he torques his body awkwardly and throws short.  The under thrown pass causes Bennett to have to slow his momentum to gather it in and allows the defense time to make the play. The third pass to Bennett is a completion, but it's thrown slightly behind Bennett and doesn't allow him to catch and run with the football.  Bennett has to stop and turn back against his route to make the catch.   The next one Cutler is zeroed in on Brandon Marshall who is double covered with a CB underneath and a safety over the top.  These are the types of throws that Charles Woodson spoke about after Cutler threw four picks against the Packers in week 2.   Cutler completely misses Kellen Davis who starts his break as soon as Cutler hits the back step of his drop.  If Cutler delivers the football to Davis, it likely is a strong first down and keeps the momentum going.  Instead the overthrow to Marshall shows Cutler's tendency to go with the football where he wants rather than where he SHOULD. Ultimately Cutler's rhythm on offense MUST improve, especially given that the Bears face six teams with defenses that rank among the Top-10 in points allowed.  Six games in the remaining ten against this high level of defensive competition combined with the Bears one loss could cause the Bears to miss the playoffs. If the Bears were miss the playoffs the blame would fall solely on Jay Cutler.  The elite level this Chicago Bears defense is playing at, combined with all-around talent and potential offense means anything less than a Super Bowl title may be disappointing this season. The window of opportunity for Jay Cutler and the Bears offense to come together and play up to their capabilities is dwindling fast.  The need for this offense to play like they are capable of is more important than anything facing this franchise since Lovie Smith's tenure in Chicago began.  At some point there needs to be a high level of accountablity demanded of the franchise quarterback.  The Bears cannot continue to squeak by on offense while relying on their defense to bail them out on a weekly basis.  When rookies like Andrew Luck, and RGIII are having far more success as quarterbacks with less talent around them and just as much time in their respective offensive systems as Cutler, the time for making excuses for Cutler has run dry. 
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