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Friday, October 14, 2011
BBAO: Martz agrees with Cutler's take

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

On Thursday, we noted a plea from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to adjust an offense that has left him under pressure too often in the passing game. So it's worth nothing that offensive coordinator Mike Martz responded in kind.
Martz, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "He's right. We're working on it. He's absolutely right. We've talked about it as a staff and we've addressed this issue. Until we get stabilized a little bit on the offensive line ... The same thing happened to us last year, if you remember. Once we got stabilized there ... In an ideal world, you'd like to have all those guys play just like you had in the opener, and things went well, but that's not the case. So we've got to make sure that we're giving him a chance with some of those quicker throws and things. There's no question about that."

Is it as easy as that? And would the Bears broadcast their plans so clearly to Sunday night's opponent, the Minnesota Vikings? In some instances, the obvious answer is unavoidable. The Bears won't have success against the Vikings' pass rush if they operate the same way they have in recent weeks. So the Vikings most likely would anticipate quicker releases anyway.

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