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15 on 6: Cutler feeling sore

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15 on 6: Cutler feeling sore

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011Posted: 8:23 p.m.

By Jim Miller
CSNChicago.com

The Bears front office better start researching QBs out on the open market because Jay is not going to make it through the entire season. Marc Bulger, who knows Mike Martzs offense well, quickly comes to mind.

No quarterback in the NFL has been sacked or hit more regularly over the past two seasons than Jay Cutler. Fox broadcast the stats during the game action. Jay has been sacked 95 times since 2009. Well, add six more to that total because Jay was smothered six more times today by the Saints. He was hit a 15 times during the game. These were not love taps either; they were body blows like from EAs video game Mike Tysons Punch Out!

If you did not see it, every shot was big and there will be one he doesnt get up. He thought about it today a couple of times but instead made it to the sideline to dog cuss his QB coach Shane Day. Frustration is not the word to describe Jays anger.

Jay knows this is where the rubber meets the road offensively. If you read my pre-Bears Saints game blog, I mentioned the multiple looks defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would show the Bears. Jays offensive line was not ready, equipped, nor knew how to identify them.

The play when Jay was dropped for the sixth time, left guard Chris Williams and left tackle J'Marcus Webb could not even point out their assignment of who to block. Offensive line coach Mike Tices mid-game correction must have been for them to point out their assignment. None of them could do it and Jay pays the price.

Football is a game where you have to have a lot of trust. As a quarterback if you cannot trust your OL to block simple assignments, your play is going to suffer. Jay is trying to fight the good fight, but Martz is going to have to adjust.

Last year's remedy was to run the ball more. It is clearly a good option, but they have to also put the offense in Jays hands. He needs to have the ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage. It is where all other offenses are going in the NFL. But at the minimum have Jay control pointing out the offensive lines responsibilities. Jay is almost going to have to out of self preservation. Or..

Hello, may I speak to Marc please?.......Ah, Marc, this is Jerry Angelo

Jim Miller, an 11-year former NFL quarterback, is a Comcast SportsNet Bears analyst who can be seen each week on U.S. Cellular Bears Postgame Live. Miller, who spent five seasons with the Bears, analyzes current Chicago QB Jay Cutler in his "15 on 6" blog on CSNChicago.com and can be followed on Twitter @15miller.

Eric Ebron interacts with Akiem Hicks' NFC Championship tweet, causing free agency speculation

Eric Ebron interacts with Akiem Hicks' NFC Championship tweet, causing free agency speculation

Just as Bears fans were finally coming to terms with their disappointing 8-8 season, Akiem Hicks decided to pour some salt on the wound and take to Twitter, imagining what it would’ve been like if the Bears had made it to the NFC Championship game.

While we were all imagining how indeed “lit” it would’ve been to see the Bears play in the post-season at Soldier Field, Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron decided to quote tweet Hicks with a thinking face emoji. Curious behavior.

Ebron has played for the Colts since 2018, when he had a stellar first season in Indianapolis, scoring 14 touchdowns. In 2019, Ebron’s season ended after 11 games due to an ankle injury. He scored three touchdowns, reeling in 31 catches for 375 yards. Colts GM Chris Ballad has said that the organization is likely to move on from Ebron in 2020, meaning he would be available in free agency.

Tight end is one of the positions on the Bears long offseason do to list, and Ebron seems he could be a potential fit. Judging by their Twitter interactions, Akiem Hicks and Tarik Cohen seem to think so.

Hicks replied to Ebron telling him he could hear Bears fans calling his name. Cohen echoed this sentiment in his own tweet, albeit more cryptically.

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Ranking the most painful moments for Bears' fans during the 2020 Championship weekend

Ranking the most painful moments for Bears' fans during the 2020 Championship weekend

You may have noticed that none of the four teams that played this weekend were the Chicago Bears. They haven't played since the last week of December, but since this disastrous season won't end for another two weeks, there's been plenty of time for some especially painful parting shots. And weirdly enough, there were multiple moments through the two games on Sunday that reminded Bears' fans about the 8-8 season that absolutely no one is trying to remember. Shall we go through them? OK! 

4. Jimmy Garoppolo Beat The Packers To Go To The Super Bowl With 6 Completions 

Remember when the Bears were going to trade for Jimmy G? Back before they traded up to take Trubisky, rumors were swirling that the Patriots' backup was headed to Chicago. That is what it is -- everyone's connected to everyone at one point or another, and Bears have enough potential QB scenarios to give themselves a stroke over. The real kicker was beating the Packers, and Aaron Rodgers, while attempting eight pass attempts. Remember Nagy's I'm-Not-An-Idiot comment after running the ball 7 times against New Orleans. Imagine that, but it works, and it's in the NFC title game. The Bears couldn't beat the Packers on either occasion this season, and that included 98 pass attempts. That sound you hear is someone (you can choose, really) banging their head against the wall inside of Halas Hall. 

3. Raheem Mostert Rushing For 220 Yards and Four Touchdowns 

Truly an insane night for Mostert. He was briefly on the Bears during the 2016 season, which happened to be Jordan Howard's first and best. Mostert also was on three other teams (NYJ, SF, CLE) that year, and three OTHER teams (PHI, MIA, BAL) the year before, so it's not like the Bears are the only team sitting here with yolk on their face. Still, seeing an NFL journeyman get halfway to the Bears' total rushing touchdown number (8) in one game is the stuff that existential crises are made for. 

2. Robbie Gould's Kicking Well For A Super Bowl Team

Things were all well and good when Eddy Pineiro was hitting game-winners in Denver while Gould got off to one of the worst starts of his career. As the Bears' special teams unit watched from their rented South Beach group house, Gould went 3-3, including a franchise postseason record 54-yarder, in the Niners' 37-20 win. He started the season by being crowned champion of Chicago Football Madness, and now he gets a shot at ending it with another title, even if it's not quite as illustrious as the midwest's premier Bears-only online bracket challenge. 

1. Literally Everything Pat Mahomes Did All Day 

The decision to trade up for Trubisky was bad, but honestly, the endless stream of barely-distinguishable versions of the same snarky tweet may be worse. At some point Bears fans are going to have to come to terms with Pat Mahomes playing for the Chiefs, but it sure as hell won't be this year. In their defense, everything he does makes you physically stop whatever else you're doing and figure out what noise just came out of your mouth. Bears fans are robbing themselves of the best Mahomsian experience by insisting on slamming the Caps Lock button anytime the Chiefs play, but with each new height that Mahomes and the Chiefs reach, it becomes harder and harder to blame them.

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