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Speeding Up Jay Cutler’s Clock Could Mean a Bigger Fantasy Season


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Earlier this month I analyzed the potential impact of a new coaching staff on the Chicago Bears offense. I surmised that Jay Cutler could have a very solid season. Evan Silva of Rotoworld lends some additional support to that thesis:

The Bears spent the spring speeding up Jay Cutler‘s “clock” — dropback, delivery, progression reading, everything — in order to make him a better fit for first-year coach Marc Trestman‘s quick-hitting offense. Cutler has taken 148 sacks over the last four seasons, at a 2.64 per-game clip. During Rich Gannon‘s two healthy years with Trestman, he took just 1.97 sacks per game. Bad lines deserve plenty of blame for Cutler’s sack totals, but the best NFL quarterbacks camouflage O-Line deficiencies. Cutler has not always been an oft-sacked passer; he absorbed a miniscule 1.38 sacks per game in Denver. Cutler is a sleeper for top-ten QB stats if the Bears get him to perform like Trestman desires.

Here’s what Rich Gannon did during the 2002 season, when Trestman was his OC:

 Player Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate
Rich Gannon 418 618 67.6 4689 26 4.2 10 1.6 75 7.6 7.7 11.2 293.1 97.3

Think reducing Cutler’s sack rate will help? Compare the 2008 season that Silva references, when he had a 1.8% sack rate, to his seasons in Chicago.

Year Tm Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Sk Sk%
2008 DEN 384 616 62.3 4526 25 18 11 1.8
2009 CHI 336 555 60.5 3666 27 26 35 5.9
2010 CHI 261 432 60.4 3274 23 16 52 10.7
2011 CHI 182 314 58 2319 13 7 23 6.8
2012 CHI 255 434 58.8 3033 19 14 38 8.1


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