Blame coaches, not Cutler

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Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune / January 23, 2011

Some Bears "fans" are burning Cutler's jersey, no doubt hoping that he would be wearing it at the same time. They're idiots. Blame Smith and the coaches that came up with the "game plan."

On that first drive on which the Packers scored on their first possession, the Bears defensive plan was offensive. It obviously wasn't working, but the Bears stuck with it as Packer receivers were picking it apart. I gather that the Bears finally caught on. 

Cutler, as bad as he sometimes can be, is told by the coaches when and where to throw. Most of the time, he's done as he's told, but he's shown that he can improvise, sometimes to the good. As the previous week, when he ran for a touchdown or two. 

Why didn't the Bears try for a field goal when they were (barely) within field goal range? Were the coaches already panicking that if they didn't score a touchdown then, they'd surely lose the game? Turns out they were right, but the negative message surely was delivered to the team. As before, there are too many questionable calls to list here.

Hey, we're all human, including Smith and his staff, who have clearly shown that they can make mistakes--sometimes big ones. But Cutler's injury wasn't imagined. He gave much more than any of the carpers. 

Filed under: Chicago sports, Sports

Tags: football, sports

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