Cutler not ready to contemplate OC change


LAKE FOREST, Ill. – With the Chicago Bears' offense mired in a season-long slump, quarterback Jay Cutler might be working with his fourth offensive coordinator in five seasons next year.

"I think that's a conversation for after the season," Cutler said Wednesday. "We are in the middle of the season right now and there is enough on our plate to worry about. After the season that will be a conversation.

"I don't think we can worry about that stuff now. We got to worry about (Sunday's game against) Arizona and whatever happens at the end of the season then that's going to be a cause of concern. (General manager) Phil (Emery) is going to do whatever is right for this team."

In Mike Tice's first year on the job the Bears rank No. 29 in total offense (305.9), No. 28 in passing offense and have scored one offensive touchdown or less in six regular season games.

Last year under Mike Martz, the Bears finished with the No. 24 total offense and No. 26 passing offense in the league, while their rushing attack ranked ninth in the NFL, three spots better than the 2012 team through 14 games. In Ron Turner's final season as offensive coordinator in 2009 -- Cutler's first year in Chicago -- the Bears had the NFL's 23rd-rated overall offense.

Martz was fired after the 2011 season and replaced by Tice, a former NFL head coach and seasoned assistant. However, Tice had never handled play calling duties in any of his previous stops and spent his first two years on Lovie Smith's staff working with the Bears' offensive line.