Much of the preseason in Chicago was spent debating whether or not new head coach Marc Trestman was the right man for the job, and whether or not embattled QB Jay Cutler would respond to his new offensive influence. Appears we got an early glimpse into what both can bring Bears fans in 2013. I had specifically circled the Cincinnati game as an early pivotal indicator. The Bengals are clearly a contender in a somewhat dampened AFC North this season and the Bears are looking to make their own divisional jump in a critical contract year for their quarterback.
Cutler responded with a very solid performance (21-33, 242 yards, 2 TD’s & 1 Int) and a fourth quarter – game winning drive that beat the Bengals and matched his entire “come from behind” total through all of the 2012 season.
I don’t want to underestimate the power of clutch coaching, and it felt like main man Marc Trestman was clearly in control of the situation. At the same time it takes talented players on the field to execute any “drawing in the dirt” and the Bears offense did so with masterful protection up front, route running from the receiver combination, and Cutler’s accuracy throwing the football to clinch their first win of the season.
Here’s a nice breakdown of Trestman’s strategy and Cutler’s 19 yard TD pass to his favorite target Brandon Marshall by Dan Durkin of CBS-Chicago.
The Football Educator