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The issue is the offensive line, such as it is, and it isn’t enough for Cutler. Speaking at a school on the South Side on Monday, Cutler sounded like a guy who doesn’t want to die young.
"The offensive line is definitely going to be a concern," Cutler said, "and seeing where those guys fit in and seeing what five we go with. You know, if Gabe (Carimi) comes back, if J'Marcus (Webb) pans out (and)
That’s what you’d expect a coach to say, but the Bears coach hasn’t said that. He won’t. Or can’t. Whatever, it was left to the quarterback who was sacked at least 50 times the last two seasons and was on pace to reach that painful mark again last season before suffering a thumb injury.
When given a chance to make nice with his blockers, Cutler passed. He refused to say “All better’’ when tossed a softball question about new offensive coordinator
"It helps," Cutler said. "It's not a cure-all by any means. They're still going to be asked to protect. There are going to be times it's third-and-8, it's third-and-10, we're going to have to take seven steps, we're going to have to have a longer route, and they're going to have to protect."
Again, that’s the quarterback talking. Where’s the head coach with that kind of frankness?
Nowhere, that’s where.
Compare and contrast Cutler’s comments with the ridiculousness the head coach foisted on us during the NFL meetings in Florida two months ago.
“I don’t want to picture it as we’re looking for a left tackle," Smith said. “We feel comfortable with the two guys (J’Marcus Webb and
The quarterback isn’t buying what the coach was shoveling. Facing near-death will do that to you.
When told that Webb allowed a league-high 14 sacks and committed a league-high eight false starts, Smith said, "You can make a case and throw out stats on what he did. But I think it's hard for all tackles by themselves in the league to block