I am not too sure if this was somehow meant to show confidence in new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, but Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler just recently compared his scheme a bit to what Mike Martz ran when he was in the same role in Chicago.
He’s worked with a couple different guys. The good thing is, he’s heard a few things that I say,” Gase said, via CSN Chicago. “He’ll look at me and kind of, ‘That’s a little Martz’ist right there’.
Before struggling as a coordinator at a couple different stops, Martz was best known for running the Greatest Show on Turf during his days as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator and head coach.
However, his philosophy of utilizing extensive drop backs in an era where defenses forced more pressure in the offensive backfield caused tremendous issues for the units he coached. Starting in 2006 with the Detroit Lions and continuing through 2011 with these very same Bears, Martz-led offenses never finished in the top half of the NFL in points scored. In 2010, Cutler was sacked a whopping 52 times as the Bears finished 30th in total offense.
As Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper points out, there are some positives here. Cutler did throw 36 touchdowns compared to 23 interceptions in Martz’s two seasons as Chicago’s offensive coordinator. The issue here is that the veteran quarterback also missed six games during the 2011 campaign after being faced with tremendous pressure that season.
If Gase does utilize parts of Martz’s philosophy that suit Cutler’s skill set, it could be rather big for the veteran. If he decides that longer drops and more time in the pocket is needed, Cutler won’t last the season.
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