Although much of the media hoopla surrounding last night’s Chicago Bears vs Jacksonville Jaguars game was and will be focused on rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, veteran Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked sharp last night as well.
The Bears ultimately edged out the Jaguars 20-19, but what mattered was the plays being made during the game. Cutler started for the Bears and this time went 7 for 9 passing with 75 yards and a touchdown. Of course the touchdown was a four yard pass to his favorite target, Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
This was Cutler’s second consecutive impressive outing, and he looks poised for a big season in 2014.
At halftime, once the game was over for Cutler, he briefly spoke with the media regarding the first team offense.
“We’re pretty versatile. We had really liked going with three receivers but Marquess (Wilson) is out so we’ve got to adapt and use some different guys,” Cutler said, via the team’s official website.
“I think the offensive line is playing at a really high level. We want to get the running game [going] a little bit better than we did early on. We went three-and-out then and then we kind of had to wait around for a long time. That was tough. But we bounced back, converted some third downs. The offensive line gave me a lot of time. It wasn’t our cleanest drive but we got the job done.”
Cutler has lambasted his offensive line in the past, so to hear him praise the new lineman is a great start and sign. If Cutler has time in the pocket, he is amongst the league’s best quarterbacks, and that can turn into victories for the Bears.