The Time Has Passed to Make Excuses for 'Jay-O Cinco'
Excuse #1- The Bears don't run the ball well.
This is true, but Matt Forte looked a bit better tonight. There is no denying that the sub-standard running game puts more pressure on Jay Cutler. He can still make better decisions will the ball, however. His 1st quarter interception to a defensive lineman was pathetic. Sure, a better team could have run the ball into the endzone on that series, but throw the ball away and take the field goal Mr. Cutler.
Excuse #2- The Offensive Line is horrible.
There is no denying this. The O-LIne looks lost most of the time. The newcomers, including future Hall-of-Famer, Orlando Pace, have been horrible. Cutler runs for his life continuously. I respect that he's trying to make plays. Someday, Cutler's competitiveness will take us back to the Super Bowl. For now, Jay, you will have to take a few sacks, and as mentioned above, throw the ball away when there's nothing there.
Excuse #3- The Chicago Wide-Receivers are average at best.
Yes, this receiving corps has no idea how to run a crisp route. Cutler has to hope that they will be where they're supposed to be, and Devin Hester is the worst in terms of route-running. Yes, he has decent numbers, but don't be fooled. His "slip" tonight is not an isolated incident. It takes a huge "leap of faith" for Jay Cutler to throw this guy the ball on a regular basis. This too does not excuse the quarterback's poor decision making. He needs better talent to throw to, but Cutler needs to look in the mirror as well.
Excuse #4- Ron Turner is not an accomplished offensive coordinator.
Turner may not be an elite coordinator, but this ridiculous offensive is not his fault. Turner had a couple of decent years with Erik Kramer and Jay Cutler is a much better talent than Kramer. I can no longer criticize Turner when Jay continues to have no sense for where he is on the field or the gravity of the moment. You have to know when to eat the ball and take 3 free points, or when to take the sack.
I know that this is not a good team and that is the General Manager, Jerry Angelo's fault. The time has come for Jay Cutler to improve his game, however. The Kyle Orton people are loony; Cutler will someday take this team back to the Super Bowl. Jay hasn't made it easy on those Bears fans who are loyal to him, however. The time for making excuses has passed. Cutler needs to perform in a way that justifies the draft picks given away to bring him to Chicago.