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ESPN’s Clayton Gives His Observations on the Bears

John Clayton is talking all things Bears, as he’s taking in the teams camp:

What’s fascinating about Chicago’s camp has been the fans’ reaction to quarterback Jay Cutler, the most talented Bear to play the position since Sid Luckman five decades ago.

Sure, Bears fans are excited about Cutler’s arm. It’s one of the best in the game. When he snaps off a lightning rod of a pass, they hoot and holler. Whether it’s awe or cautious disbelief, Bears fans stand and shout out critiques to the receivers or the thrower when the play doesn’t go perfectly. Cutler’s arrival has created a fascinating adjustment for a knowledgeable fan base raised on great defense and running the football.

Air Coryell wouldn’t sell in this town, but a winning Cutler can.

Here are five things I learned about the Bears:

1. Cutler’s arm is only part of the story: His knowledge of the passing game and receiving talent might equal his arm strength. Cutler and a bunch of his former Denver Broncos teammates remembered watching Eddie Royal make remarkable plays on special teams during the opening of 2008 organized team activities and telling Mike Shanahan, “Who’s this guy? I think we need to get him over here.” Within days, Royal was working with the offense and ended up catching 91 passes. Cutler has a double gift. He knows where his receivers like to have the ball placed on throws. Plus, he can deliver those passes to the right location. For example, Cutler said Devin Hester likes lower throws, but the completions work best when he gets the pass off to him quicker. Because split end Earl Bennett played with Cutler at Vanderbilt, Cutler knows exactly the right places to make the most of Bennett’s talents. To Cutler, Hester’s skills resemble Royal’s, and Bennett’s talents are a hybrid of those of Royal and Brandon Marshall.

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One Response to “ESPN’s Clayton Gives His Observations on the Bears”

  1. c. gaspard says:

    I feel the Bears and Broncos will both be winners in the end. Jay Cutler will be everything as advertised and the Bears will be a playoff team this year. His ability to lead the offense to score early in the season (playing with a lead) will give an unsure/untested defense time to gell. Furthermore, Kyle Orton is surrounded by a veteren offense and weak division and they will do okay as well.

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