Keep in mind that there are no sure things in professional sports as much as people would like to think there are. Just ask the five guys who lost a few bucks when they bet on Muhammad Ali and I bet on Joe Frazier. In fact they yelled “Fix!” rather than accept the fact that Frazier out-fought Ali. I was in Vietnam and I just “had a feeling.” Considering that logic the Bears cannot rest assured they are going to beat perennial underdog Detroit in the season opener for both teams this coming Sunday.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears’ Website titled “Cutler doesn’t think offense will need time to work out kinks.” I don’t know about that.
While everyone seems to be minimizing the preseason where the Bears didn’t have a win I think that there was plenty of time for the Bears to show some competence. They didn’t. However Cutler thinks that magically things will come together because the regular season is here.
According to Mayer’s article Cutler is confident because of how great he thinks Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz is. Martz has a lot of confidence in Cutler as well.
Martz believes in teaching players the plays. However he also believes in teaching motives of defenses. They do a lot of scouting of defenses for traits and when they are likely to do a certain play.
Martz is different also in the sense that he does not go into a game with one set of plays cast in concrete. He is aware that changes must be made. In other words if he thinks the right thing to do is to run the football and that doesn’t work then, as Cutler says, Martz isn’t stuck on running, he will change the format to passing the ball more.
Finally Martz prepares the players to act on the unexpected.
As I have said in past articles the Bears do have a good receiving group in Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and Greg Olsen to name a few. However it does no good to have a good group of receivers if your offensive line does not protect the quarterback and so far they haven’t.
We can only wait and see if Cutler knows what he is talking about.
Chicago Bears Website, Larry Mayer, “Cutler doesn’t think offense will need time to work out kinks”