While Bears HC Marc Trestman and OC Aaron Kromer have a greater oversight of the offense, the assistant in the trenches every moment of every day, cleaning up Jay Cutler's fundamentals, is Matt Cavanaugh.
"I've seen incredible progress," the quarterbacks coach said last week during minicamp in Lake Forest. "When we got in here last year & evaluated him we had a real good conversation with him about certain things that every quarterback should do. We said, 'Jay it might not be natural, but we want you to try it.' And he did
"To his credit, he’s taken every suggestion we’ve given and he’s embraced it. From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the`Gun’ pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental we’ve talked to him about, he’s embraced, and it’s like night & day."
Cutler was the #6 QB through the first six weeks, but finished with the #22 PPG on the year. His early season play is more representative of his potential in Marc Trestman’s offense, assuming he can stay injury-free. He has a ton of talent around him and Trestman loves to throw.