Interesting sales job for Phil Emery: The head coach chosen by the general manager to lead the Chicago Bears into the modern NFL hasn’t coached in the modern NFL for eight seasons
Interesting sales job for Marc Trestman: Convincing Jay Cutler that his West Coast offense is the answer.
Cutler told ChicagoBears.com he’s familiar with the West Coast offense, and I’m thinking, yes, that was the offense coordinated by Ron Turner before Cutler ran him out.
Several offensive coordinators later, the West Coast is back, and if Trestman wants to make his case with Cutler, he should flip on the first half of the Bears-Vikings game at Soldier Field in Week 12.
Cutler was returning from a concussion that kept him out of the Bears’ dreadful performance in San Francisco, and Cutler must’ve thought he was Joe Montana. He completed 16 of 18 attempts before halftime, closing with 10 straight completions, including a touchdown to Matt Spaeth.
Yes, a touchdown to a Bears tight end.
What stands out from that game is the ball getting out of Cutler’s hand in a hurry. He made quick decisions and accurate throws.
More to the point, Cutler displayed sharp mechanics and footwork, mainly because he didn’t have time to do anything else. Cutler didn’t hold the ball so long that he got sacked every series. He also didn’t hold the ball so long that he reverted to lousy technique the way he does under pressure.
Eight different players caught passes that day, including both tailbacks and tight ends, hallmarks of the West Coast offense.
What’s more, Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined to rush for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards, another facet of the West Coast offense that makes it quarterback-friendly because it demands that the defense prepare for everybody doing everything.
Here’s something else that stands out about that Bears-Vikings game: That marked the only time in the second half of the season that the Bears scored three offensive touchdowns in a game.
Think about that. How lame is the Bears offense that it scored three touchdowns once in two months in a league that seems to gives you two TDs just for showing up?
Cutler ought to welcome Trestman’s ideas if only because they aren’t some Mike Tice-Mike Martz hybrid. Cutler ought to welcome Trestman’s ideas, as well, if only because the new coach is used to calling plays in 20 seconds in Canada.
Tangent: The Bears announced their new coach in the middle of the night but wouldn’t introduce him until more than 24 hours later, and I’m thinking, geez, nobody at Halas Hall can get a play in on time.
Moving right along, there is one more reason for Cutler to buy in to Trestman’s ideas -- one more reason that ought to be part of Trestman’s sales pitch:
You don’t need a great offensive line if the ball comes out quickly.