Something is wrong with the Chicago Bears. A team of which so much was expected are currently under .500 and are now turning on themselves after a humiliating 27-14 loss against the Dolphins.
Coming into the season, the Bears had a great shot of making the playoffs and actually trying to have a go at a deep run into the post-season. They had Jay Cutler back after a 2013 season dogged by injury and everything was in place for a big comeback.
With the offense that the Bears can boast, there is absolutely no way that they should be only posting 14 points against a Miami defense that has hardly been tough to break down this year. The Dolphins have only conceded less than 20 points once all season, and that came against the worst team in the National Football League, the Oakland Raiders.
When you have arguably the second best receiving corps in the league, in my opinion the Bears only lag behind the mountain of talent Peyton Manning has to throw to, it is truly on quarterback Jay Cutler, offensive co-ordinator Aaron Kromer and head coach Marc Trestman to get it right on the offensive side of the ball.
Brandon Marshall is a 6 foot 4 inch tall behemoth that can grab passes out of the air like many in the league can only dream of. When you throw him the ball just five times when he is facing a defender who is about 5ft 10, you really have to question what you're doing. Marshall has over one hundred yards in only one game this year.
And then there is Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett, two more studs that Cutler can enjoy throwing too. Except he really almost didn't bother on Sunday as the two combined for 60 yards.
Thank the Lord for Matt Forte then. Yet again, the running back was Cutler's biggest target through the air, catching six balls for 60 yards and a touchdown, when combined with TD on the ground it just shows how crucial he is and how much trouble the Bears would be in if he were to pick up an injury.
It all seems to keep coming back to Cutler. The quarterback was complete and utter garbage in Soldier Field and was deserving of the boos that rained down from the Bears faithful.
The 31-year old continued his fine form for throwing interceptions, being picked off for the seventh time in seven games this year, to go along with an almost unbelievable 190 yards.
And it's not just me who thinks Cutler isn't earning the money he's being given. Just ask Marshall, who called out Cutler after the game in the locker room - where there was yelling and shoving - and to the press, saying it was unacceptable how little their corps was doing from Cutler's throwing.
Cutler needs to get a grip and stop throwing so many picks. He has to move away from gun slinging and protect the ball. If he doesn't then it will be another season of failure in Chicago and more voices to the overpaid and overrated bandwagon.
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