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Bears spreading ball around on offense

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 7, 2013 – 7:12 pm

Thrilled to be surrounded by playmakers such as Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, Jay Cutler isn’t too worried about keeping all of them happy.

“Those guys are good,” Cutler said. “They understand why we run certain plays and they’re not going to get the ball at certain times but they’ve got to help out their buddy to get him open.

“I think we’ve done a really good job of spreading it around and making sure that Marty gets balls, B gets the ball, Alshon, Matt Forte, and I think we’ve tried to give certain guys days off so we can spread it around and keep everyone happy.”

In Marc Trestman’s first season as coach, the Bears are expected to spread the ball around more in the pass game than they did last year when Marshall’s franchise-record 118 receptions were 74 more than his closest teammate. That means taking advantage of favorable match-ups and throwing to open receivers rather than forcing the ball to a favorite target.

“With any quarterback, the toughest thing to do is get comfortable and go outside the system to try to please somebody or get the ball to a certain person,” Trestman said. “I really feel like [Cutler] sees what we’re trying to get done here and make everybody a part of it to make it easier for him to just read a defense and go to the guys who are open.

“That’ll be a process. We haven’t reached our potential certainly. We’re just trying to do it every day, and we see signs that we can get it done and we’re excited about it. But then we’ve just got to go back to work the next day and keep grinding away, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”


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