Bears quarterback Jay Cutler learned how to throw accurately on the run out of necessity.
“In college we really didn’t block that well,” said Cutler, who played for Vanderbilt in the rugged SEC. “I was always on the run, so I got a lot of practice.”
That practice is paying off in the NFL. Since Cutler was sacked seven times in a loss to the Packers, he has excelled at executing some designed rollouts called by first-year coordinator Mike Tice.
“He can throw the ball on the run with the best of them,” Tice said. “Changing that launch point for us is really good because having a guy sitting back there as a sitting target, i.e. the Green Bay game, is not a great thing against real good pass rush teams.
“Moving him around is really good for the pocket and changing the launch point. It’s also good for your run game too because it slows down that backside pursuit.”
How often Tice calls those types of plays in the future depends on how defenses play the Bears.
“It’s just game-by-game,” Cutler said. “It depends if the ends are getting up field. Mike’s definitely aware of that and wants to get out more and more. It helps the offensive line getting that passing target off me and kind of moving the pocket. It’s a point of emphasis. We’ll see how it goes.”
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