USA Today: Martz, Cutler, Bears setting the offensive pace so far : Packers Insider

USA Today: Martz, Cutler, Bears setting the offensive pace so far

September 21, 2010 by  
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Sept 21, 2010 ~ by Jarrett Bell

~The Martz effect

 Jay Cutler marked his first year in the Windy City by coughing up an NFL-high 26 interceptions last season, but two weeks into the new campaign he is the NFL’s top-rated passer. 

With just one pick. 

Perhaps that’s evidence of the bond developing between strong-armed Cutler and the Chicago Bears’ new mad scientist of a coordinator, Mike Martz. Cutler, with a 121.2 efficiency rating, is averaging 10.14 yards per attempt as he gets used to the wide-open scheme.

Beneath the numbers, Cutler demonstrated how the scheme comes to life during the victory against the Dallas Cowboys.

A stiffer test for Cutler and the third-ranked passing attack comes at Soldier Field on Monday night, against Green Bay's fourth-ranked defense. The Packers had six interceptions in two games against Cutler last season

With the Cowboys showing a blitz in the second quarter, Cutler adjusted with a flick a pass over the middle to streaking tight end Greg Olsen for a 39-yard touchdown. He later struck with a 59-yard heave to Johnny Knox on third-and-15, which set up a 9-yard TD pass to Devin Hester.

Martz adjusted, too, when Cutler was battered early and the line reshuffled after losing left tackle Chris Williams to a hamstring injury. He mixed max protection packages, quick-timing throws, screens and even formations including running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor

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