The incoming Bears coaches evaluated Jay Cutler last year, then had a sit-down with him in which they outlined the basics of what they saw every good quarterback doing. Some weren’t the way he was used to operating but he embraced them, including OC Aaron Kromer’s directive to get the ball away on time, which is part of why Peyton Manning’s offensive lines are mysteriously good at pass protection every single season.
“Where in the past [Cutler] may have been willing to hold onto the ball for an extra hitch, wait for someone to come open, we now tell him, ‘get off of it, go to the next guy,’” QB coach Matt Cavanaugh said. “If you are waiting on a guy that may come open if he doesn’t, you’re late to the next guy.
“We just taught a real rhythmic passing game that I think Jay saw the benefit in: ‘I can get more completions. I’m not waiting on someone that might come open and I get the ball out of my hand and I get hit less.”