The Chicago Bears have had plenty of struggles, both offensively and defensively, this preseason, but there can't be anyone more frustrated than starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
In preseason game #1, the offense struggled to get anything going versus the Denver Broncos, and after showing a few signs of life in week #2 versus the New England Patriots, they fell right back into an offensive black hole versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
We have seen the stats, including -7 yards passing in the first half, and part of that could be chalked up to Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long being held out this week, but bigger picture is offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (2015's QB coach) has some challenges to deal with along the offensive line this season. Especially with Hroniss Grasu being out for the season with a torn ACL.
But back to Cutler and his weapons for 2016. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has had his fair share of injury issues over the past couple of years, but is supposedly back 100% for 2016. Pay no mind to his two drops in the loss to the Chiefs, as it's only preseason. Or something like that.
On the other side of the field, Kevin White is lining up in the NFL after missing his entire rookie season with a leg injury/ surgery, but is also back full speed this season. So, from an experience standpoint, he's a rookie all over again.
On Saturday, he wasn't a factor, and on a couple of occasions, was out of place when Cutler was looking to him.
Cutler after the game:
"There's going to be growing pains. That's just kind of how it is. Missed his rookie year, not playing a ton of college football, and then throwing him out there. There's going to be some growing pains with that. That's just how it is. We're working with him and he's doing everything he possibly can to work through it and be where he's supposed to be and he understood it. I talked to him on the sideline and just told him 'This is going to happen, and now you know and now it can't happen again. We can't have repeat mistakes.'. He's a good kid. He's going to do well."
We will see how White responds to Cutler's feedback, but you have to wonder how that came across when it was delivered. Cutler is pretty black and white, and doesn't sugar coat things when he speaks.