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Moon: Jay Cutler likely looking at another coordinator in ‘16

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Moon: Jay Cutler likely looking at another coordinator in ‘16

For a variety of reasons, offensive coordinators have not fared well in Chicago working with quarterback Jay Cutler. Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer/Marc Trestman all lost jobs after matters went badly with Cutler and the Bears.

Adam Gase was hired as offensive coordinator by John Fox in the staff makeover earlier this offseason. This makes five different coordinators in seven Chicago seasons for Cutler.

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But it’s probably Cutler's last.

If 2015 goes well offensively for the Bears, Gase will be high on the list of head-coaching candidates next offseason. He will be a made-man in the NFL, a coach who solved the Cutler enigma. After his year as Broncos OC, Gase was interviewed for the top field post in Denver, as well as by Atlanta, Buffalo, San Francisco and even the Bears before they settled on Fox.

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If 2015 doesn’t go well offensively for the Bears, Cutler’s future in Chicago becomes extremely problematic, particularly with a coaching staff that agreed to keep him for this season but has no ego or other investment in Cutler.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.