It didn’t take new Bears GM Phil Emery long to watch tape of the Bears offense and projectile vomit all over the place. I’m embellishing some, but he had to at least become nauseous watching the kick returners and bums (Roy Williams) that lined up at receiver the last three years ever since the Jay Cutler trade. In trading for Brandon Marshall and selecting Alshon Jeffery with the 45th pick in April’s draft, Emery has FINALLY given Cutler the necessary weapons to compete with the Packers, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Lions & 49ers in a loaded NFC.
It’s been the absolute worst watching Cutler throw to Johnny Knox (who I don’t anticipate seeing this season if ever) and Devin Hester (who can have a productive season if Bates & Tice use him in spurts and in specific packages that take advantage of his skills) knowing that they are unable to go up and snag a ball out of the air and away from a defender. That is, of course, when they aren’t falling down mid route at the Park District. It’s going to be refreshing to see Marshall and Jeffery go up and get the football on a 9 route when it’s 3rd and 8 and you’re desperate for a 1st down.
The days of Cutler having to be Brady like accurate are over. Knowing he has the ability to fit balls into a tight window is great, but not having to be perfect with every throw has to be a relief for #6. Also gone will be the 8-9 yard loss on a 2nd down 7 step drop that inevitably leads to a 3rd and 19… That’s immediately followed by a meaningless 16 yard deep in route.
It sounds ridiculous to say before the pre-season, but this Bears offense has a chance to be lethal. Marshall, Earl Bennett & Jeffery outside are going to pose matchup problems for teams all season (especially Bennett in the slot), Matt Forte will have openings that he’s never seen & Cutler is poised to have his best season yet. The offensive line is still a concern (J’Marcus Webb ), but Bears fans are going to see an offense that is going to be diversified, explosive and multi-dimensional (don’t sleep on Evan Rodriguez either). And a big reason is going to be because of this guy’s talents…