Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) makes a pass against the New York Giants during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Martellus Bennett: Jay Cutler trusting his teammates more


Chicago Bears star QB Jay Cutler has some of the best physical tools in the game, and he is putting together the best season of his entire career in his first year in Marc Trestman’s offense. Cutler is still flinging the ball loose at times, but he’s also shown that he can step back and play a calm, efficient ballgame. I mean, look at what he did last week against the New York Giants. Cutler has been on a tear lately, and his only bad game this year came against the Detroit Lions; he’s been excellent in the other five games. So far this season, Jay Cutler has had four games where he has completed at least two-third of his passes.

Bears starting tight end Martellus Bennett says that part of the reason why Cutler is playing so well is because he is trusting his teammates more. Via ESPN NFL Nation’s John Keim, “I think his biggest thing is he’s just trusting everybody that’s around him from the receivers to the offensive line to the coaches. I think that’s the biggest thing for him this year; he can trust everybody to do their job and he can feel like he doesn’t have to do a whole lot. It doesn’t feel like the whole team is on his shoulders. If he throws the ball up, he’s got four or five guys that can go get it. The offensive line is going to protect him so he can just focus on his drops and stepping up in the pocket. I think his biggest thing is just trusting the other guys around him and letting his body and his athletic ability take care of everything else.”

Interesting. Cutler has four good pass-catchers around him in star receiver Brandon Marshall, rising second-year player Alshon Jeffery, Bennett, and top-notch receiving back Matt Forte. Heading into today’s game against a porous Washington Redskins defense that he should tear up with ease, Cutler has a completion percentage just under 66% and is averaging 7.5 yards per attempt.

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