Cutler Watch: A couple of sacks, an INT, but 1st ‘O’ still scored 2 TDs
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 15, 2013 10:36PM
Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears
Updated: August 16, 2013 12:27AM
Jay Cutler definitely had moments Thursday against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field that were disconcerting — plays that make you face-palm.
Cutler was sacked twice during the Bears’ game-opening series — including one in which he stepped up despite good protection — and he threw at wide receiver/favorite target Brandon Marshall in double coverage and was intercepted. His turnover came only one play after Bears free safety Chris Conte made an interception of his own.
But Cutler’s offense still scored 14 points. He finished his day — or the first quarter — with a 98.3 passer rating, completing four of five passes for 38 yards and a five-yard touchdown to Marshall. Backup Josh McCown replaced Cutler to start the second quarter.
Marshall was targeted by Cutler on all five of his throws, which, at first glance, appears worrisome considering last season and how much coach Marc Trestman stresses spreading the ball around.
But Marshall didn’t play in the Bears’ first preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, and Trestman wanted to make sure he was involved.
Marshall was clearly open on two of his receptions, and one came on a screen play. Marshall also had single coverage on the goal line for his touchdown.
Cutler forced the ball on his interception, however, resembling throws he made in the past. Linebacker Donald Wilson trailed Marshall and made the pick at the Chargers’ 6-yard line.
On his touchdown pass, Cutler threw to Marshall’s back shoulder. A few plays earlier, Cutler made a key completion to Marshall for a first down on third-and-five. Cutler’s longest completion went for 19 yards to a wide-open Marshall.
— Adam L. Jahns