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Bears Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice
The Mike Martz experiment was a complete and utter failure.
The Bears gave it a shot, but they couldn't have been more wrong about the production they would see on the field under their former offensive coordinator.
The team simply didn't have the personnel to execute Martz's aerial passing game. The scheme didn't even play to Cutler's strengths.
After Martz was allowed to leave, the Bears promoted offensive line coach Mike Tice to take his place.
Tice has an entirely different view on offense. His system employs a hard-nosed, run-the-ball style to set up the pass. This suits the Bears well due to their depth at running back with Forte and Bush.
He will also stay away from the seven-step drops that killed Cutler last year. Relying more on one, three and five-step drops, Cutler will be able to get the ball out early and will not have to rely on anticipation reads.
Throwing to Marshall, Jeffery, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester should make things a little bit easier. As a whole, the scheme will give Cutler more opportunities to find open receivers before the pressure can get to him.
Having said that, even when he is under duress, Cutler is among the best in the league at finding his receivers.
Matthew Berry of ESPN provides us with an interesting stat on the Bears QB:
Jay Cutler was sacked or under duress (forced to move or alter a throw due to pressure) on 34.2 percent of his drop-backs last season, the second-highest rate in the NFL. (Tim Tebow had more. Of course he did.) But! Cutler completed 47.8 percent of his passes under duress, the fourth-best rate in the NFL.
The crazy thing is, Cutler was doing this with Devin Hester as the team's No. 1 receiver. The addition of Marshall and Jeffery could very well be enough to push Cutler into the elite quarterback discussion.
He has always had the talent. Now he is playing in the right system with the right players, he looks ready to have a monster year and a monster game against Indy.