JAY CUTLER SAYS IT TAKES THREE YEARS...
...to develop a new offensive system. And he's right. An offensive system, especially one as complicated as the one run by Marc Trestman, will take several years to reach its peak in the NFL. But this should not be perceived as excuse making from the franchise quarterback and fans should not allow the Bears a mulligan year due to the arrival of a new head coach and offense.
The Bears won ten games last year. They won ten games and promptly fired their head coach. They won ten game and excused the face of the franchise. They won ten games handed over the reins to a man whose spent the last period of his footballing life above the border. The Bears can show growing pains over the course of the sixteen-game 2013 campaign but if this group regresses significantly the organization must hold someone accountable.
Many have opined this is a make-or-break year for Cutler as he enters the final year of his deal. I understand the sentiment but disagree. I think Cutler is coming back in 2014 and beyond barring a colossal implosion this fall. I think the three-year comment was made by a man confident he'll be seeing that term out (and beyond).
I Tweeted this recently and I believe it: Devin Aromashodu will make the 2013 roster and make an impact. Why do I believe that? Because I was AT this game. (See the 3:55 mark)
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