Mark Trestman makes his professional debut as the Head Football Coach of the Chicago Bears, the NFL’s most storied franchise. He brings with him the first offensive mind to the Head Coaching position in as long as I can remember. Personally, I’m not sure what to think of the Bears being an “offensive” team, as “Chicago football” has been synonymous with “Defense” from the beginning of time! Chicago has also had it’s string of, shall we say, less than stellar performance from the quarterback position for decades now. Can Cutler finally show what he’s capable of?
This year, he’s got what is projected to be a pretty good arsenal of receivers. There’s also that little thing called the “contract year.” You can bet #6 knows he can be in for the big payday after this season if he can perform this year, behind a greatly improved front line. He’s in the West Coast offense now, where the goal is to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands quickly, which is perfect for a passer that’s been hit as many times as Cutler has since donning the blue and orange. If everything falls into place as it should, there should be no more excuses for any poor performance.
I think that at the end of the year, The Beloved will have their “franchise quarterback.”
There are three keys for Da Bears this weekend:
- Start fast – Get your home crowd into the game early! The Bears often feed off of momentum, so an early score would be huge.
- Can Cutler make wise decisions in an up-tempo offense, or will he resort to his former self and continue throwing into double and triple coverage?
- Pressure the quarterback. Andy Dalton has been intercepted 29 times in his 32 starts, including four pick sixes’ in 2012. Against this ball-hawking defense of the Bears, mistakes have proven to be lethal!
The Bears come into this game as three (3) – point favorites, assumingly due to being the home team. I think the Bears win this one by two scores. 24 – 10, Boys in Blue.
Until next time, BEAR DOWN!