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:
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.