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Cutler is definitely not the problem on the Bears. TBH, he's the only reason they're not ranked dead last in every NFL offensive category.
He's in by far the worst situation of any NFL quarterback when you consider his coaching staff, offensive lines, and "weapons" he has to work with. 90% of NFL quarterbacks would have been on IR by week four; or at the very least, developed glazed-eye David Carr syndrome.
But Cutler keeps getting right back up and firing the ball. Dude's a stud, and has gone to one of the most under-appreciated and underrated players in the NFL.
Cutler has some flaws(which are reduced this year turnover wise) but he is definitley far from the problem Chicagos offense has. He is a good player for their team and a big reason they are 6-3. He could work on his redzone turnovers still and his 3rd down conversion some but alot of the lack of drives have to do with the lack of run game and sacks setting up 3rd and longs. Chicago is 31st in the league in third down conversions only Washington is worse. Better run game, better receiver routes and better protection help Cutler with that but he could do more on thrid down but he's far from the main culprit. Cutler is completing 61% of his passes and has 3 more tds than ints even with a 4 int game. Solid year but far from great like expected so the haters are going to hate on him not being great, but he's still a good player for Chicago. The last 2 games after the bye the Bears have looked better as a whole on offense and it has led to two good Ws.
With how the offense has been balanced, I think the Bears could win just about any of the games ahead of them. Even though the rushing stats are bad, it has opened up the passing game in a huge way. Also the defense is playing well, and special teams are dominating. It seems the team may be putting something together...suprisingly. So, the ability, I think is there for them to go over .500 in the next slough of games.
Great gameplan tonight by the Dolphins offensive geniuses.
Down to the #3 QB, and only 1.5 healthy starting OL, and losing Marshall midway thru the game, and you make sure you only give the Dolphins RB's 7 total carries in the ballgame. Make sure that Thigpen carries the offense that's missing pass protecting and the big target Marshall.
Great plan there. Oh, and don't use the Wildcat either.
Step in the Grizzly direction tonight. Even .500 over the next 6 games should make for a good shot at the playoffs. Things could really come down to that last game against GB. I hope it gets flexed to SNF if that is the case...it would be epic.
Winning ugly. That's how it's done in the NFL. Don't need a great passer rating (skewed from no touchdowns and one pick) but need the defense to be terrific from start to finish. The offense moved the ball well and got points, that's all that matters.
I guess that will move the Bears defense into #1 ahead of the Packers defense in points allowed.
I know Pina was out last night. I'm curious how relatively healthy the rest of the Bears team has been, is right now. I only know the key Bears players like Cutler, Forte, Taylor, Hester, Knox, Olsen, Urlacher, Harris, Briggs are still there this year.
Injuries are no excuse in the NFL, but they clearly are a factor as the Bears defense found out last year when ILB Urlacher hurt his arm in week one against us and missed the whole season. Our ILB Nick Barnett suffered the same injury for us last month. Losing your top tacklers, veterans, is tough on a defense.
Of course, Barnett's got company here as he has a crowded IR team next to him with fellow starting OLB Brad Jones, #1 backup OLB Brady Poppinga, superstar Jermichael Finley, 1200-yard rusher Ryan Grant, starting RT Mark Tauscher, #1 bench DE Mike Neal, starting Safety Morgan Burnett, special teams ace Derrick Martin, and #2 bench DE Justin Harrell all on IR for the 2010-11 season.