Bears coordinator Kromer sees ‘smart’ Jay Cutler helping himself more
BY MARK POTASH email@example.com April 18, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: April 19, 2013 12:38PM
Jay Cutler will bear some of the responsibility for improving his pass protection.
‘‘You create plays that ask him to get rid of the ball quicker,’’ Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said Thursday when asked about improving pass protection for Cutler, who has been sacked 153 times in four seasons with the Bears, including 38 last season.
‘‘When you ask him time after time to throw the ball down the field without changing the protection scheme, he’s going to hold the ball [too long] at times. We need to get the ball out of [his] hand quickly, do a good job of inside-out protecting him and just get a plan of attack for him.’’
Drew Brees made that look easy in New Orleans. Kromer says Cutler makes his job easier, too.
‘‘Because he’s a smart veteran who understands football,’’ Kromer said. ‘‘He’s learning new terminology. He’s putting a lot of work into it. It’s hard to spit out some of these plays — they’re lengthy. But he did a good job [in minicamp]. We’re going to rely on his veteran experience and get a passing game that fits his talents.’’
Kromer is Cutler’s fourth offensive coordinator in five seasons with the Bears. Maybe it’s because he’s used to learning new offenses, but already Cutler appears to be getting the hang of it, Kromer said.
‘‘It’s our responsibility to reach the offense to Jay,’’ he said. ‘‘Jay’s a very intelligent person. He knows football. He just needs to use our teams and come up with a plan to learn it. And he is. And I believe that with the in-depth meetings that we’ve had, he’s further along than we thought he’d be at this point.’’
Cutler said it’s both frustrating and exciting learning another new offense.
‘‘Any time you come into a new system, it’s hard,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s like learning a new language. Things are called differently than you’re used to. Your mind is trying to picture the plays in your head, and sometimes it’s fuzzy. But it’s fun. The coaches are making it fun for us. They’re challenging us and making us learn.’’