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15 on 6: Cutler still in pursuit of perfection

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15 on 6: Cutler still in pursuit of perfection

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
7:07 PM

By Jim Miller
CSNChicago.com

It's easy to travel back from Toronto feeling good about a Bears victory.

Defense preserved a win and the offense converted 58 percent of their third downs along with scoring down in the redzone when goal to goal situations arise.

Lovie Smith nailed it in his postgame press conference, "it's a good place to start for growth". The bears were balanced running and passing, but your imagination runs wild what they are capable of - if or when - they put it all together.

Jay's stats look nice: 97 rating, 2 TD's, 17-for-30 for 188 yards, but he should have shredded the Bills and their last ranked defense. He was inaccurate with some throws which should have been easy completions and made some ill-advised passes as well. Throwing the ball late to Greg Olsen on a middle read when he was triple covered is just never going to be a good outcome. Jay is lucky to be playing the Bills on that play, whose lone interception this year is by linebacker Andra Davis, and he did not even suit up on Sunday.

I only bring this decision up because the bears left points on the board again! The following play, Robbie Gould missed a 42-yard field goal.

When you are struggling offensively, points are at a premium and jay needs to respect that.

Jay nicely tucked it and ran several times earlier in the game and this situation called for it as well. The bills dropped eight into coverage and were playing prevent almost daring Jay to dump it off and kick a field goal. If he just tucks it and runs, he gets 5-10 yards and Robbie is kicking a 32 yarder instead. A good defense intercepts that throw and Robbie would not of even run onto the field.

Clean it up

A lot of positives, but Mike Martz cannot let a win cloud what Jay needs to correct.

Poor footwork and three poor decisions are all correctable. A 188-yard game should have been 250. A nail biter should have been blown open.

The pursuit for the perfect game continues.

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.

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of that first session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players. 

The Bears have higher-than-usual expectations heading into the 2018 season making fans eager for summer practices to get underway.

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

Leonard Floyd picked as potential Pro Bowler in 2018

The Chicago Bears need a big season from outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. He's the team's best pass-rush option and the only legitimate threat to post double-digit sacks this year.

Floyd joined the Bears as a first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in 2016 and has flashed freakish talent at times. The problem has been his health; he's appeared in only 22 games through his first two seasons. 

Floyd's rookie year -- especially Weeks 5 through 9 -- showed a glimpse of the kind of disruptive force he's capable of becoming. He registered seven sacks and looked poised to breakout in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 10 games and four sacks.

Despite his disappointing sophomore season, NFL.com's Gil Brandt has high hopes for Floyd in 2018. The long-time NFL personnel executive named Floyd as the Bear with the best chance to earn a first-time trip to the Pro Bowl.

CHICAGO BEARS: Leonard Floyd, OLB, third NFL season. Floyd had seven sacks as a rookie in 2016, but missed six games last season due to a knee injury. He's a talented guy who can drop into coverage or rush with his hand on the ground and should play much better this season. He also has become much stronger since coming into the league.

The Bears will be in a heap of trouble if Floyd doesn't emerge as a Pro Bowl caliber player. There aren't many pass-rushing options on the roster outside of Floyd aside from Aaron Lynch and rookie Kylie Fitts. Neither edge defender has a resume strong enough to rely on as insurance.

It's a critical year for Floyd's future in Chicago, too. General manager Ryan Pace will decide whether to pick up Floyd's fifth-year option in his rookie contract next offseason. If he plays well, it's a no-brainer. If not, Pace could be looking at two straight first-round picks (see: Kevin White) that he's declined the extra year.

We're a long way from that decision. Until then, the Bears' season may sink or swim based on its pass rush. It begins -- and ends -- with Floyd.