When Jerry Angelo traded for Jay Cutler in 2009 he must have felt he finally fixed the Chicago Bears' offense, because he failed to go out and build around his franchise quarterback. His starting receivers in 2009 were both guys that should have been number threes, and he never addressed the wideout issue during his tenure.
The Bears' offensive lines from 2009-2012 were never able to protect the quarterback and no QB was hit, sacked and pressured more than Cutler was.
Part of the problem was that then-Bears head coach Lovie Smith brought in offensive coordinator Mike Martz, a play caller that was notorious for his QBs taking a beating, and Cutler's sack percentage went from 5.9% in 2009 to 10.7% in 2010. It was still high at 6.8% in 2011, and even higher (8.1%) with Mike Tice as the new play caller in 2012.
In Jerry Angelo's defense he did try to add to his offensive line in the draft, but hindsight tells us he picked the wrong guys. Both his 1st round tackles busted themselves off the Bears.
Jay Cutler looked gun shy at times and he often felt pressure even when it wasn't there. Being sacked 148 times in 56 games from 2009-2012 will do that to you. Being knocked down and pressured countless other times will only add to the tentativeness.
Last year Cutler saw his sack percentage drop to the lowest it's been as a Bear at 5.1%, which is still a long way from his final year in Denver (2008) when it was 1.8%.
Cutler has missed 13 games in the last four seasons and when asked about his durability he referenced the beating he's taken as a Bear.
"It was fine before I got here. It was kind of a hit parade back there [the first few years in Chicago]."
He calls last season's injuries more of the "freak" variety, while playing in the QB-friendly offense of Marc Trestman.
Cutler spent a lot of this offseason getting his body right after suffering injuries to his left side.
Cutler started offseason workouts early to "get my left side back to even" after his injuries there. Didn't feel great til end of March— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) June 17, 2014
There were some earlier reports of Cutler adding some size and strength this offseason, and Bears head coach Marc Trestman did say he looked bigger.
Here are a few more tweets about the Cutler presser.
Bears QB Jay Cutler says he didn't feel great after 2013 injuries until about March. Feels good now. Ready to go.— Jeff Joniak (@JeffJoniak) June 17, 2014
Cutler on Forte: "Hugely underrated."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 17, 2014
In regards to the New York trip he took with Trestman;
#Bears Cutler on trip to NY w/ Trestman: "He's wanted that from the first day he arrived here." Help win games? "It couldn't hurt"— Chris Boden (@CSNBoden) June 17, 2014
Cutler says the offseason trip to Florida was more about bonding than football.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 17, 2014
Jay Cutler calls Marquess Wilson "Q." So we can do that, too.— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) June 17, 2014
#Bears QB Jay Cutler: "the locker room has completely changed since I’ve gotten here."— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 17, 2014
Jay Cutler on contract restructuring to get Jared Allen: "They said, 'Do you want your money now?' I said 'Sure.'"— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) June 17, 2014
Cutler said Clausen was in a tough spot in Carolina, "got hit a lot." He seems to empathize. #Bears— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkinsCF) June 17, 2014
Cutler: "Hate" seeing guy like Earl Bennett go. "Did the little things right." "At the end of the day, it's prob better for Earl anyway"— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) June 17, 2014
Turns out it wasn't...
Hours after Jay Cutler said Earl Bennett's situation might be better for the WR, it's not: #Browns terminate his deal today— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) June 17, 2014
#Bears QB Jay Cutler: "I love Chicago"— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 17, 2014