The point and the season are moot.... While I am not an expert on quarterback mechanics, the word stuck in my head after this loss that nobody has muttered is "arc":
In Jay's highlights from Denver and watching clips of deep passes around the league, it is obvious that arc is fundamental to the successful of deep pass plays. The potential TD passes Cutler "just missed on" had little to no arc. Due to pressure, Cutler was forced to lob his pass to Kellen Davis in the 3rd quarter and it was a TD. It is easy to understand Cutler's hesitance to put more air under the ball as it gives DBs more of a chance to make plays on the ball than his strong arm and laser passes usually allow. I think the main reason for this is a feeling (problem legitimate) that he needs to put the ball in the perfect spot on each throw. That can be translated another way to reflect the inability of our receivers to go up and make plays on the ball while in the air, forcing Jay to zip it in there. We have the QB for it and fast enough receivers to have an effective deep passing game. While Hester and Knox aren't likely to win fights for the ball in the air, with a little bit of arc on deep throws those 2 will get there.
There is little to salvage from this season other than developing chemistry on offense. Right now everybody knows the ball is going to Olsen in the crunchtime. Hopefully by season's end Cutler can feels comfortable with all his weapons. Personally I thought we would have at least attempted more deep pass plays during games so far, not only to stretch defenses, but also and now more importantly to get much needed in game experience/comfort.
Couple of things about a couple of things: That reverse play that the Eagles run every week with great success... um let's give Hester or Knox a try. Near the end, 3rd and short Eagles blitzed heavy on the right side, JC passed quick incompletion to Bennett, I thought Forte was open. I general I think maybe 1/3 of the run plays called on 1st down should have been screen plays. I'll like Khalil Bell more when he scores, but Knox was awesome on that long run play. Asante's block on Brown and Harris on his own TD play was impressive.