Time will tell if Gase’s Bears offense is the right one for Jay Cutler
BOURBONNAIS – Take just a second to dream a little dream, Bears fans.
Head to a record book or the internet and take a look at the statistics for one Peyton Manning from the 2012-2014 seasons with the Denver Broncos.
They’re a little eye-popping.
At least 4,600 yards of passing. At least 37 touchdowns. One year there were 55 scoring throws. That 2013 season Manning threw for 5,477 yards. On top of that the quarterback was never intercepted more than 15 times in either one of those seasons.
His quarterbacks coach in the first year of that run and his offensive coordinator during that time? Adam Gase. He’s now leading the Bears’ offense that take the field in 2015.
Do you get where this is going? Are you a little skeptical? Can’t blame you.
After all that’s Peyton Manning that put up those incredible statistics. He’s arguably the best quarterback ever to play the game. Gase’s quarterback this year is someone who can have a flash of Manning but follow it with a miscue that makes some wonder why he’s still got an NFL job.
But after a rotating door of offensive coordinators during Cutler’s seven years in Chicago, Gase is a good a hope as any to bring out the potential in the inconsistent quarterback.
“His intelligence is way better than I thought,” said Gase when asked of his impressions of Cutler after one week of training camp. “His ability to communicate with his teammates. He’s farther ahead than everybody else.”
So does this mean the best is yet to come for Cutler? We’ll Gase stopped short of saying that.
“Right now only time will tell,” said Gase when asked if his offense could bring the best out of Cutler. “We’re taking it one day at a time right now. If I knew what was going to happen I’d play the lottery. But right now I don’t know. Everyday we’re getting a little bit better.
“He’s doing a great job of staying with it and getting better everyday.”
Consistent is the way people would like him to be after a 2014 where he was all over the map. He had the best completion percentage (66) and the most touchdown passes (28) of his NFL career but also tossed 18 interceptions and fumbled nine times. He was so inconsistent that he was benched for Jimmy Clausen in the Week 16 game against the Lions.
Gase’s offensive intelligence and ability to create favorable match-ups with formations figures to help Cutler. But once again, it’s an entirely new offense for Cutler. Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer couldn’t get it right, so can Gase?
“Any quarterback is going to be happy with him,” said Cutler when asked the things about Gase’s offense that fit his style. “He does a really good job of putting you in the right position, keeping the defense off-balance, and mixing up the play calls.
“That makes it easier on the quarterback.”
But once again it’s a new offense, set of plays and formations that Cutler must learn. He said it’s an offense that requires a significant amount of work off the field as well as on it. He’s had the voluntary, mandatory and a week of training camp practice to try to get adjusted to it before the first preseason game on August 13th and the season opener a month later against the Packers.
So how is it coming along?
“Ummm, ahh,” said Cutler when asked how this offense was coming along compared to the others early in camp. “I think we’re right where we need to be. I think guys have done a really good job of learning the system because it’s not an easy system, it’s not something you’re going to pick up in two or three weeks.
“You’ve got to put some time into this one.”
Just like the Bears have put into him. Maybe a little time with Gase will turn him more into the last quarterback he coached rather than the one fighting for his future at the moment.